A loft-style penthouse, perched on top of a boutique condominium building on East 17th Street in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, hit the market for $17 million last Friday after years of renovation.
The residence has approximately 6,000 square feet of interior living space, featuring a grand foyer, four bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, an 80-by-30-foot open-plan living and dining area, as well as a 25-foot-high glass atrium great room.
The additional 4,000-square-feet exterior living space includes two sky decks, a private pool, an outdoor kitchen and grilling station and various entertaining spaces.
Owner Frank Bodenchak, whose firm, Bodenchak Design & Build, has been commissioned three times to build the prestigious Hamptons Designer Showhouse, bought the property for $5.5 million in 2013, property records show.
He then spent five years and millions of dollars renovating the penthouse, lifting the ceilings, moving old water towers from the roof deck, adding a private pool and two elevators, among other projects considered to be almost impossible to achieve in a landmarked building, Mr. Bodenchak said.
It took over two years to get special permits, he said.
For the interior design, Mr. Bodenchak strived to balance a mixture of timeless finishes with current, cutting-edge sensibilities.
“I am very proud of our design aesthetics. Every room has the right size, the right light, and is well utilized and multi-functional,” he said.
The penthouse at the six-residence condo converted from a century-old factory in the early 2000s has 20 oversized windows with four exposures, views of the surrounding buildings’ 19th, 20th and 21st-century architecture, said listing agent Brian K. Lewis of Compass.
“It’s perfect for a celebrity who wants to remain off the radar,” he said.
The building, occupying a full city block, has a separate outdoor sun deck with swimming pool and kitchen for residents, according to Mr. Lewis.
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