Cape Cod in Manhattan! A quirky and delightful New York City rooftop penthouse resembling a New England fishing town property is on the market for $9.75 million
By Dominic Yeatman for Dailymail.Com
06:43 31 January 2024, updated 07:01 31 January 2024
- This popular rooftop fishing shack offers a beachside fantasy in lower Manhattan
- It was built by artist Henri Merwin Shrady who placed it above a luxury penthouse apartment in the East Village
- The clapboard cottage comes with large windows, 12-foot ceilings, and a secluded, landscaped porch complete with an apple tree.
Ten million dollars could buy you a slice of Cape Cod in midtown Manhattan after one of New York’s most unusual homes has hit the market.
This luxury East Village penthouse comes complete with a fishing hut located on the roof.
Sculptor Henry Merwin Schradi renovated the property after purchasing it in 1980 and added the now distinctive annexe with bay windows, 12-foot ceilings, and a secluded, landscaped porch that provides the shade of an apple tree.
And if its new owner tires of the hunter’s fantasy, he can retreat downstairs to the luxurious penthouse apartment below, which includes four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and an artist’s studio.
“One feels transported away from the East Electric Village location to an English country house or quiet beach cottage,” Compass Realtor Nick Gavin told The Post.
“It’s a completely unique and special haven in the middle of the city.”
The penthouse was originally built in 1868 and was part of Minthorn Farm.
This was a 50-acre plot of land that was sold to Philip Minthorn – a famous landowner – by the Dutch East India Company in the 18th century when they took control of the city then known as New Amsterdam.
The house now has a gas limestone fireplace, an open kitchen and a living room with large parquet tiles that originally adorned a London theatre.
The 3,000-square-foot property at 72 East 1st Street features 18-foot ceilings, two wood-burning fireplaces and 22 windows that offer a clear view of lower Manhattan.
Gavin describes the property as “one of New York City’s most delicious hidden gems,” and “the guiding star for the kind of elevated, elegant, sophisticated living rarely seen in the East Village.”
“The building is located on First Street, in a quiet area of a lively and bustling neighborhood with many of the city’s cultural attractions, culinary experiences, shopping and amenities just minutes away,” he wrote in the listing.
A self-described “neighborhood gentrification activist,” Shrady last put the property on the market in 2017 when his widow, Jill Barrett, sold it for $3.5 million.
“He never saw an old wreck of a house, a boat, or a car that he didn’t like,” Barrett wrote in her husband’s obituary.
But its new owner will have to catch a lot of fish to find the current asking price of $9.75 million.
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