234 West 21st Street, Apt 31, New York, NY 10011
755 sf ft, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
$1,010 monthly maintenance
We purchased the apartment in 2007 and completed a gut renovation in 2008. Every square inch was designed by us (Matthew is an architect, Munawar is a designer), and built by an excellent team of carpenters and fabricators. The apartment is 755 sq ft and has 9’-3” ceilings throughout. This is actual, usable floor area measured by an architect. No rounding. No inflation. No real estate bullshit. The apartment is greater—and larger—than the sum of its parts. We frequently host guests and have parties (small and large) without ever feeling squeezed. Oh, and no shoes! We have a strict policy of removing shoes before entering the apartment.
We removed walls and added structural beams to create an open layout; installed solid-wood flooring with acoustical underlayment throughout; installed an acoustically isolated ceiling throughout; replaced all plumbing pipes and plumbing fixtures; replaced all electrical wiring, switches, outlets, and lighting; ensured all lights are dimmable in every room; installed ethernet and coax wiring at strategic locations; installed beautiful, unglazed penny tile from floor to ceiling in the bathroom; installed custom bamboo paneling and sliding doors in the hallway; installed custom full-height closets with drawers, shelves, and rods in the bedrooms; installed a large linen closet in the bathroom and a massive hidden closet in the dining room; refurbished all the windows; installed new kitchen cabinetry and appliances; and installed custom bookshelves and custom cabinetry throughout. We even changed the direction of the front door, so that it is more convenient to enter. Every element was carefully and thoughtfully carried out.
The apartment gets beautiful direct and indirect sunlight throughout the day. The building feels quiet and peaceful. We have great neighbors and a great community. Everyone is kind, friendly, and understanding. We have made many friends and will miss them!