“The owners spared no expense with the renovation,” Compass broker Alyssa Soto Brody told the Observer, stepping out of the private elevator entrance and into the glass-encased foyer of 5 East 16th Street.
“It’s beautifully done—there are a lot of really unique, special aspects to the unit,” Brody continued of her 4,200-square-foot $12.8 million listing, leading us into the sunken living room, which is outfitted with custom 4-foot by 4-foot Stone Italiana slab flooring.
A recycled aluminum and stone slab ethanol fireplace is the centerpiece of the 800-square-foot room—it glows varying colors due to LED backlighting, as do the built-in bookshelves. The condo’s living area also features a glass-enclosed atrium, filled with Louis Vuitton trunks as pots, bamboo trees and a costume mask.
The master suite is on the other side of the atrium wall, though an overhead projector apparently allows a bit of privacy. The floor is bedecked with black leather Spanish crocodile tiles, and the master bath is fitted with a soaking tub, steam shower and double sinks, as well as an “ambiance fireplace” underneath a built-in television.
“My dream is this dressing room and closet,” Brody said, leading us into the custom walk-in, with white lacquer built-ins and glass coverings with LED lighting to properly display one’s handbags. An additional walk-in was “for him,” Brody said, with compartments for ties and belts.
A second bedroom features an en-suite bath with NewForm finishes and a steam shower with glass doors, as well as custom freestanding wardrobes.
The third bedroom “could be a guest suite or an office,” Brody suggested, with the full bath off-suite so it can also service the living space.
Instead of walls, the owners installed glass railings throughout the entertaining rooms, and kept “beamed ceilings—it gives a lofty feeling, but in a modern way,” Brody opined, leading us to the south-facing kitchen and dining area.
The kitchen is equipped with touch-latch white lacquer cabinetry, as well Gaggenau and Miele appliances. The dining room is divided from the kitchen by a breakfast bar, on which a Fornasetti clock face lies flat.
Perhaps noting our bewilderment, Brody lifted the clock face to reveal an ice bucket of sorts underneath. “It’s for wine and champagne,” she laughed.