House of the Day: Central Park Views in a ‘1929 Setting’

The Wall Street Journal, February 3, 2015

House of the Day: 211 Central Park West #2G

Elizabeth and John van Merkensteijn saw 94 apartments before deciding to purchase one in the landmark Beresford building, with views of Central Park from the living room. They bought the co-op apartment for $1.1 million in 1990, during a market downturn. EVAN JOSEPH

Location:  New York, NY   Price:  $8,950,000

This spacious apartment in a landmark building has been updated throughout, but original features add to its charm. --By Erin McCarthy

‘It was a beautiful, fabulous building,’ but nothing had been done in the apartment since the 1920s. So they undertook a renovation ‘right down to the studs,’ Mrs. van Merkensteijn says. They installed new plumbing and electric wiring, while still keeping many of the apartment’s original features. MICHAEL WEINSTEIN

 The van Merkensteijns stripped down the original stainless-steel cabinetry from the 1920s and sent it to an auto body shop to get shined. The kitchen has an eight-burner, two-oven Wolf stove, plenty of light, two large refrigerators and a center island. MICHAEL WEINSTEIN

The 18-by-18-foot dining room showcases the apartment’s original parquet floors and 10-foot ceilings. The apartment is set up for entertaining, says Mrs. van Merkensteijn, who has hosted Super Bowl parties there with 100 guests. EVAN JOSEPH

The master bedroom has a fully renovated master bathroom and a walk-in closet bigger than Mrs. van Merkensteijn’s first apartment, she says. MICHAEL WEINSTEIN

 The apartment features a 30-by-26-foot library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The family installed new windows and wood doors throughout the apartment. ‘It’s a move-in 2015 apartment in a 1929 setting,” Mrs. van Merkensteijn says. EVAN JOSEPH

The roughly 3,600-square-foot apartment has three bedrooms and four full bathrooms. Mrs. van Merkensteijn, 56, does development work for the Brain Trauma Foundation, and her husband, 70, runs his own investment firm. They plan to move closer to one of their son’s schools. MICHAEL WEINSTEIN

 The apartment was originally listed for $10 million and was reduced in December to $8.95 million. It is listed with Kevin Kelly of Town Residential. EVAN JOSEPH


41 Madison Ave New York, NY 10010 | Phone: 646.979.9930
© TOWN Residential, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use | Careers | Privacy Policy | Fair Housing