Artists in Residence: Top Five Historic Artist’s Apartments

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Anyone who’s ever been to New York knows that it’s an artist’s playground. From public art exhibitions going up left and right to private pieces in hundreds of museums and galleries across the city, it’s hard to see it all.┬áThis week, we’re here to give you a fresh perspective on New York City’s art scene. That’s why we’ve teamed up with TripleMint –a software powered real estate brokerage on a mission to change the way New Yorkers buy, sell, and rent their homes. Here at Lofty, we know art…and if you’re reading this blog, chances are, you do too. TripleMint, though? They know homes. And they’re helping us take you on a tour of some of the Big Apple’s most historic artist’s apartments. Here are their top five!

Who: Jackson Pollock

Where: 46 Carmine Street

pollock_banner Image Source: Blocksy / Douglas Elliman

Jackson Pollock, best known for his contributions to the Abstract Expressionist movement, originally moved to New York in 1930. At this time, his life and career were too unstable to live alone, so Pollock shared a string of small, unheated apartments with one of his two brothers. Most notable on the recent market is Pollock’s apartment at 46 Carmine Street in the West Village. This 800 square foot one-bed, one-bath loft (recently featured on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York) hit the market in September 2014 and sold in less than 30 days. After a heated bidding war, Douglas Elliman’s Louis D. Oritz and Ronita Kalra sold the apartment for a 16.8% more than the original $1.25 million asking price (not too bad for the top floor of a five story walk up!). The apartment went to a young Russian woman with a passion for painting at a total price of $1,460,000–a number meant to pay tribute to Pollock’s favorite number, 46.

Who: Diane Arbus

Where: 131 Charles Street

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Once second fiddle to the full, largest townhouse, next door Diane Arbus’ two-story carriage house at 131 Charles is now a New York City landmark. A native New Yorker, Arbus gained notoriety in the 50’s for her photographs of marginal people–those whose normality seemed “ugly or surreal”. After separating from her husband in 1958, Arbus and her two daughters moved into 131 Charles; carriage house — often referred to as 131 1/2 Charles Street, where they lived for the next 10 years. The two buildings at 131 Charles share a combined 5,000 square feet of interior space and 800 square feet of lawn space. After over 40 years of ownership from a single family, Wendy Gleason of Halstead Property listed this property for $13,500,000 in April of 2014. The listing was removed from the market in July of this year.

Who: Chuck Close

Where: 48 Bond Street

closebanner2Images (From Left to Right:)48 Broad Street; Chuck Close in front of his studio at 20 Bond Street (The Villager / Jefferson Siegel)

Chuck Close, famous for his massive scale photo portraits, didn’t have too far to move when he and his wife purchased their West Village cond-op in 2008. Having lived for years at 20 Bond Street, they purchased the whole 9th floor of a 17-unit development at 48 Bond Street for $5.95 million. The best part? The artist actually held onto his space at 20 Bond for use as a studio. If you’re looking to feel inspired by some creative neighbors, now’s the time to scoop up the building’s last available unit! The two-bed two-bath apartment is on the market now for $2,650,000 listed by Douglas Elliman’s Frederick Eklund and John Gomez. You can even join Close, among many other notable artists, in their fight to save a pocket garden on the block!

Who: Howard Chandler Christy

Where: 1 West 67th Street

banner4Image: Hotel Des Artistes, Unit 807, Source: Sotheby’s International Realty

A well-known American illustrator, Howard Chandler Christy was the first ever resident of the infamous 1 West 67th Street, also known as the Hotel Des Artistes. Built in 1917, the building has a gothic-style facade of painter, sculptor, and writer gargoyles. Many of the apartments in Hotel Des Artistes are double story 22-foot ateliers with 19-foot windows, perfect for bringing in the natural light that artists (and, let’s be real, most people) crave. Among the building’s amenities–most of which are not often available in similar pre-war buildings–is gourmet restaurant the Leopard at Des Artistes. The establishment, previously known as Cafe Des Artistes, boasts massive, perfectly-maintained Christy murals, all of which he completed while living in the building. Want to buy in this amazing Artist’s Row Co-Op? Unit 206 (a 475 square foot studio) is currently listed by Corcoran’s Ellen Sykes for $536,000 and Unit 807 (a 3 bed, 2 bath) is on the market from Sotheby’s at $6,250,000.

Who: Williem de Kooning

Where: 156 West 22nd Street

dekooningImages: NewYorkStay.com; New York Magazine, Courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Ready to be upset about your rent costs…again? Dutch-American Abstract Impressionist Willem de Kooning was evicted from his Chelsea apartment in 1945 for failing to pay his rent costs in full. The price, you ask? $35 a month. When de Kooning moved into this 4-story town house in 1936, the building contained just 2 units. After spending a few years in the bottom unit, he moved to the largest top unit with fiance Elaine Fried in 1942. The artists each had good studios, as well as living space in the unit, and were devastated to be priced out in 1945. The good news? They cut their rent in half by moving to an apartment on Carmine Street off of 6th avenue–the unit totaled 17 dollars per month. Bringing us back to reality here, this boutique property has since been split up into three units. Part of the de Koonings’ former top floor apartment is not on the market for a cool $6,800 a month, listed by Halstead.

TripleMint is a software powered real estate brokerage on a mission to change the way that New Yorkers buy, sell, and rent their homes. An original combination of technology, teamwork, and personalized service, they’re the refreshingly simple way to find your home. Ready to start your search? Check out triplemint.com, email emily@triplemint.com, or call (866) 432-5956 to get started. Time to make your own history in a New York City home!

Post Contributed by Emily Seils, Client Experience Manager and Olivia Manocherian, Marketing Associate

Featured Image (From Left to Right): 131 Charles Street (Curbed NY), 1 West 67th Street (Sotheby’s International Realty); 48 Broad Street (Openbuildings.com)