Cleverly Designed Upper East Side Co-Op is An Artist’s Dream Brought to Life

When current owner, Bogotá-based visual artist Lorenza Panero, bought her New York apartment, she knew that the space would need to be re-thought to better suit her needs (and unique style). With the help of architect Ted Porter, Panero reconfigured the apartment with an artist’s eye, adding to both the aesthetic appeal of the pied-à-terre and to its functionality in a very unique way. The results were so striking that they even landed her a feature article in Cottages & Gardens.

Now, the charming Upper East Side apartment is looking for a new owner, having recently been listed for sale with Warburg Realty, asking $1,325,000. Beyond the artist’s unique touch, the co-op stands out with its flexible layout, historic appeal, and great location. But more on that in a minute; first, we’re going to take a look at how this ingenious apartment maximizes the use of its space with the help of functional furniture, sliding doors, and clever gimmicks.

Style meets function in this $1,325,000 UES apartment. Image credit: Ted Porter Architecture; Ty Cole Photographer

Movable partitions turn the dining room into a 2nd bedroom

Originally a 2-bedroom unit, the co-op’s extensive renovation included a space revamp that opened up the living area and turned one of the bedrooms into a dining room. But that doesn’t mean it can’t offer extra sleeping space, if the need arises.

With its clever design and movable partitions, the 1-bedroom apartment easily turns into a 2-bedroom. There’s a Murphy bed lining the backwall of the dining room, and the collapsible dining table and folding chairs can be tucked away in the closet, to make way for sleeping arrangements. Then, the movable partition kicks in to fully separate the space from the living room and offer privacy.

A Murphy bed lines the backwall of the dining room, and the collapsible dining table and folding chairs can be tucked away in the closet. Image credit: Ted Porter Architecture; Ty Cole Photographer
The Murphy bed makes it easy to turn the dining room into a second bedroom. Image credit: Ted Porter Architecture; Ty Cole Photographer
Then, the movable partition makes it possible to fully separate the space from the living room and offer privacy. Image credit: Ted Porter Architecture; Ty Cole Photographer

Clever design tucks away the TV (and the entire kitchen)

The Murphy bed is not the only piece of furniture that slides into the walls when it isn’t needed. To make the space less cluttered, there’s a custom wall cabinet that hides away the TV when it’s not being used. But that’s not even the most clever trick this apartment has up its sleeve.

The kitchen has sliding doors that conceal it altogether, making it look like there’s a wall of closets in its place, set along a long hallway. Not fully sure why someone would like to hide their kitchen, but it certainly is a cool trick that could come in handy if you’re looking to use the space for something more business-oriented maybe.

The clever design hides the TV in a custom cabinet. Image credit: Ted Porter Architecture; Ty Cole Photographer
The compact kitchen can be hidden away. Image credit: Ted Porter Architecture; Ty Cole Photographer
Sliding panels conceal the kitchen altogether. Image credit: Ted Porter Architecture; Ty Cole Photographer

The bedroom partition makes room for a cozy desk

The bedroom of this lovely Upper East Side apartment wasn’t left untouched either. Making use of the space at hand, a clever partition created a dedicated area for work or study and fitted a desk — while also blocking the view of the bed.

The bedroom partition makes way for a small desk/working space. Image credit: Ted Porter Architecture; Ty Cole Photographer

The co-op is in a pre-war building with a prime UES address

The apartment is located at 1326 Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side, which places it just one block away from Central Park. It is situated in an elegant pre-war building that was originally built in 1900 and is located right on Madison Avenue, in the prestigious Carnegie Hill neighborhood (which is peppered with a wide range of architectural styles, from Civil War-era clapboard houses to late 19th century rowhouses, early 20th century mansions, and other charming pre-war apartment buildings).

The unit is listed for $1,325,000 by Cecilia Serrano and Hala Lawrence of Warburg Realty.

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Move in Next to Californication’s Hank Moody in This Industrial-Style Loft in Venice, CA

If you’re a die-hard Californication fan with a sizable real estate budget, here’s one opportunity you won’t want to let go to waste: a loft has recently come to market right next to Hank Moody’s fictional home in the popular Showcase series.

The modern loft with panoramic ocean views is set at 25 Brooks Ave in Venice, neighboring Hank Moody’s crib from the popular 7-season series (26 Brooks Ave served as filming location for the troubled novelist’s Los Angeles digs). But there’s much more to love about this loft beyond its association with the hit TV show.

Inside a modern industrial-style loft with beautiful interiors in Venice, CA. Image credit: The Agency

The loft has a pull-up garage window

Designed by award-winning local architect Steven Ehrlich, the 2-bed, 3-bath loft has open, airy interiors with soaring ceilings and industrial-style ceilings with exposed ductwork. Its light-filled living room has been fitted with polished concrete floors, expansive windows, a large fireplace and a pull-up garage door window that brings the outside ocean air in. 

Modern loft in Venice, CA has a unique pull-up garage door window that opens to the outdoors. Image credit: The Agency
Modern loft in Venice, CA has a unique pull-up garage door window that opens to the outdoors. Image credit: The Agency

There’s a 2-and-a-half-story art wall right in the middle

Right between the living space and the kitchen, there’s a striking 2.5-story art wall that’s visible from every room of the loft condo. This adds to the artsy appeal of the unique abode, making it the perfect choice for art aficionados (or creative types of the Hank Moody variety).

The tall art wall separates the living room area from the kitchen, and is visible from every room of the house. Image credit: The Agency

The bedroom is suspended over the living room

Aiming for that New York-loft vibe, the master suite is suspended over the living room, overlooking the rest of the space — with direct view of the 2.5-story art wall. The bedroom has been fitted with a showroom closet and large master balcony. As the listing rightfully points out, both bedrooms offer the option for communal living with no walls or complete privacy by closing the dividers. 

The two-story loft’s bedrooms are suspended over the living room. Image credit: The Agency
The two-story loft’s bedrooms are suspended over the living room. Image credit: The Agency
The main bedroom has a showroom closet and large master balcony. Image credit: The Agency

The place is great for entertaining guests

The open floor sees the living room open up into the dining room and kitchen, which makes it all one large space for get-togethers (of course, once they become the norm again and we’re done with our current hermit lifestyle). The custom-made chef’s kitchen is outfitted with Viking stove, oversized Sub-Zero fridge and custom cabinetry — to match the rest of the décor.

Open floor plan with plenty of space to entertain guests. Image credit: The Agency
Open floor plan with plenty of space to entertain guests. Image credit: The Agency

And while the industrial-style loft may be great for indoor entertaining, it’s the outdoor space that takes the cake. The 25 Brooks Ave unit comes with a private entertainer’s rooftop deck with corner ocean views of Catalina and Point Dume. In a Hank Moody-esque twist, there’s also a sunset facing soaking tub on the rooftop deck (you know, for those times when the party ends with someone getting drunk as a skunk and falling asleep in the bath tub).

Roof top deck features a quirky soaking tub facing the sunset. Image credit: The Agency

Just steps off the Venice boardwalk

The 1,844-square-foot loft isn’t only close to filming locations; its address places it just moments from the beach, as well as the Venice Boardwalk, Abbot Kinney and Rose Avenue.

To buy into 25 Brooks Ave, it’ll cost you $2,440,000. The Agency’s Jagger Kroener and Michael Grady hold the listing.

The 25 Brooks Ave loft is just a short walk away from the beach. Image credit: The Agency

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