“The architects, the Blum brothers, were famous for creating a music room,” Stribling broker Linda Maloney told the Observer, stepping into the foyer of her $4.7 million listing at 610 West End Avenue.
“Back in the day, you would have musical events in here,” she explained, guiding us into the wood-paneled room. It isn’t too difficult to imagine it as such, as at present, a grand piano serves as a fitting centerpiece. Nearby, a decorative marble fireplace fights for attention.
“There has always been a piano in this particular spot,” she told us. “Every owner has had one!”
The music room is open to a living room, as the current owners removed doors that separated the two, in order to create a “big, huge expanse,” with a north-facing window that allows light to flow into the ninth-floor co-op.
The oak hardwood floors “are original to the building,” Maloney told us, walking to the bedroom wing. Two of the bedrooms, each with a closet, share a Carrara marble bathroom, while the master boasts four closets and en-suite white onyx bath.
“Most people would redo the baths,” she conceded, “but it’s unusual in prewar to get nice, big baths like this!”
“The entertaining spaces are huge,” Maloney said, walking into the formal dining room, where a lengthy table is set for fourteen, though “you could fit twenty in here, easily.”
In prewar fashion, a swinging door from the dining room opens to the eat-in kitchen, which has green lava stone countertops, white cabinetry and terra cotta floors. “A lot of people said they’d blow it out into the dining room, which is kind of a crime,” Maloney lamented.
That prewar configuration continues with the maid’s room, just off the kitchen. It’s currently in use as an office, and “it’s got one of those wonky maid’s baths,” Maloney noted, as the sink is located outside of the bathroom.
“The sellers have been here twenty years—they raised their kids here,” Maloney said, walking us to the semi-private elevator landing, “They’re ready to downsize.”
“People want this apartment for the space,” Maloney added, surveying the home once more. “You feel like you’re in a house—like you’ve stepped out of the city a little bit!”