For $5.75M, experience cottage living surrounded by gardens–on a Gramercy rooftop
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For $5.75M, experience cottage living surrounded by gardens–on a Gramercy rooftop

October 18, 2022

Photos courtesy of Compass

Manhattan’s limited collection of rooftop cottages is the stuff of legend, but they’re rarely available for sale. One of those legendary structures, part of a penthouse co-op atop a classic Gramercy loft building at 105 East 16th Street, is now on the market for $5,750,000. Along with the freestanding sky-cottage is a stylish main apartment and multi-level gardens and terraces. This unusual urban aerie has been published in New York Magazine–it’s the East Coast home of Mark Lee, Broadway producer and former CEO of Barneys and Gucci.

The penthouse interiors reflect a creative eye in striking material and color choices, framed by classic loft architecture and iconic New York City views. The free-standing wood-frame cottage surrounded by manicured greenery can be used as a guesthouse/second bedroom and heavenly writer’s studio.

The penthouse co-op’s main living space puts the city on view from 14 casement windows. Details include beamed ceilings and antique barn wood wide-plank oak floors. Anchoring the space is a wood-burning fireplace bookended by custom window seats. Built-in bookshelves and a concealed TV cabinet line the dining and living areas.

An enviable open kitchen features jet-black beadboard cabinetry and a central island highlighted by four-inch-thick slabs of vintage marble reclaimed from Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. Bespoke open shelving provides display space for favorite kitchenware. Casement windows look out on the surrounding terrace gardens and cottage.

Considered design is at its peak in the primary suite. In addition to a well-outfitted closet, a custom-designed leather headboard is framed by built-in nightstands, storage, and shelving.

The stylish bath features a stone trough sink, dark verdigris hand-glazed shower tiles, and patinated brass fixtures. A pocket door allows a section of the bath to function as a powder room with separate custom vanity.

The idyllic garden terrace, designed by landscape design firm Harrison Green, is as thoughtfully designed as the home itself.  A banquette dining area even offers an outdoor TV, creating a nook for casual dining or lounging.

On the top level, a rooftop paradise features mature trees, blooming hydrangeas and herbs, and panoramic New York City views. Fully equipped with automatic irrigation systems, lighting, and a Sonos sound system, the multi-level space is divided into separate areas for everything from morning coffee to large al fresco dinner parties to movie nights under the stars.

Nestled in this verdant rooftop paradise, the cottage has 10-foot peaked ceilings, a picture window, and built-in shelving. The built-in office nook makes it the perfect creative getaway. The unit comes with two extra storage spaces, and the pet-friendly co-op building offers bicycle storage.

[Listing details: 105 East 16th Street, #PH at CityRealty]

[At Compass by Mary Ellen Cashman and Susan Wires]


Photos courtesy of Compass

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