eagermuscle saidI know that building VERY well- the tower cupola ( which would have still been an empty shell at the time, just like the twin to the north) was added on to the apartment below and made into a double height library with an astrological theme. The apartment last sold for about 10 million dollars several years ago. That amount of money now buys a badly (albeit expensively) renovated covertable 3 bedroom combo on a lower floor.
First let me say I'm not constantly obsessing on this subject despite the length of this post (consider this thread therapeutic closure) and hadn't thought of the Ansonia for many years but in these past few I've had a few unrelated reminders of the building. I'm also assuming that luxury Manhattan real estate falls under the category of general interest gay OR straight (excepting my parents, lol). Having said that…
Thanks to Cash I feel a little better because all these years I had the wrong apartment in mind. I figured this out when I examined the photos in his link and noticed what I'm assuming are architecturally interesting interior mansard roof structural supports which I don't recall:
I always thought the unit was directly below the cupola (dome) because the broker explained the round bedroom ceiling leak as a roof leak. I thought he meant the dome; in retrospect he meant either the mansard roof, or a dome leak that damaged two
floors of ceilings. So no possibility of expanding into the empty dome upping its value to $14M. But still not too shabby a unit that one directly below it:
If you combine the vast expanses of "Cash's listing" above with the feel of the photos of another unit (below) you'll get a general idea of The Actual Huge Apartment That Got Away:
Entry foyer 1 (the room straight ahead with the iron bed was in "my" unit a full bath; imagine the half circle foyer a full circle with concave mirrored french closet doors flanking a massive entry door in the same position but I think double the width of the transomed door to the left):
Entry foyer 2:
Round bedroom without fireplace (in this pic set up as living room with fireplace; I wonder if the fireplace was removed to create a place to put a bed):
But, looking at the original Ansonia floor plan (IF it represents the top floors of the southeast corner unit, it might not unless the unit I saw had been previously subdivided from a larger one) I've just learned something else about that actual unit - there was a reason that then-gutted, pre-sponsor renovated unit had an enormous living room. The living room used to be three rooms - two bedrooms and a formal corner dining room, with the round tower bedroom intended as a living room. An apartment with that many rooms surely was originally plumbed for a second bath, or at least half bath (or maybe even a second bath PLUS a half foyer or maid's bath!). Meaning this - after purchase, it could've been easily reconfigured as a 3
bedroom, 2 bath apartment - keeping the round tower room as a bedroom but utilizing the corner formal dining room as a living room. Making the unit not only worth significantly
more than a same-sized one bedroom 1 bath but big enough to not preclude eventual children (or paying roommates). An apartment-for-life. The large round room is the turrent bedroom, and the rest of the apartment lies ahead of and to the right of the small round foyer:
Original configuration: round living room, round foyer, bedroom 1, bedroom, 2 formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, 2nd bath?:
Gutted condo conversion configuration: round bedroom, round foyer, massive living room, eat-in kitchen:
I'd looked at three Ansonia units and 25 years later immediately picked them out on the original floor plan. Aside from the huge outside corner tower unit there were two "conventional Ansonia one bedroom apartments," also on high floors receiving lots of sun but in air shaft-like "courts," one open onto Broadway (and like the tower unit, damned noisy) and the other, still somewhat sunlit, facing the rear. The rear facing unit have a conventional layout but lots of detail including a fireplace and was listed for $140-150K. The Broadway-facing unit on an inside corner lacked a fireplace but had an oval living room and was listed for $180-189K. That's why I considered $300K for the large tower unit a huge steal. Alas...
If anyone can provide or direct me to info and/or photos of the actual units that'd be great. Or maybe I'll just cave and call their real estate office if they'd make time for such frivolity. I checked their website and the closest comparables to the big unit sold at around $4.5-5.5M; even more than my original, previous estimate of $3.5-4M.