It's exceptionally rare when one of the co-ops at the historic Astor Memorial School comes to market; after all, there are only five of them and the owners of these spacious units typically hold on to them as long as possible. These apartments are tantamount to collector's items - true limited editions. For the first time in 15 years, the Parlor floor has hit the market asking $3.5 million.
The great room is awash in sunlight, adorned by 8 landmarked windows with three exposures - each at least 7 feet tall. Many of the windows have arches with impeccably restored millwork and moldings. The view opens onto the Basilica add gardens of St. Patrick's old Cathedral. Other noteworthy features of the main living area include a decorative fireplace with marble mantle, original cast iron columns, 300-year-old antique long leaf pine flooring reclaimed from beams in a Louisiana textile mill and three-foot-tall custom wainscot baseboards.
Steeped in history, the building was constructed in 1888-1889 for the Children's Aid Society, and designed by the firm of Vaux & Radford. It remains to this day one of the most striking examples of Victorian Gothic architecture in all of New York. Adorned with carved stone, terra cotta and pressed Philadelphia brick, the building was converted to co-op in 1972 and later designated a New York City Landmark in 1977.
Beyond the parlor sits the gracious master suite with 5 windows facing north, east and south, with views of a large willow tree. The master bathroom is bright and beautifully appointed including a deep soaking tub, a large walk in shower, marble mosaic tiling throughout and two large windows. Storage is no problem as there is a wall of closets in the master. Additional touches include an antique Italian crystal chandelier and a door that provides direct access to 256 Mott's outdoor mews, which can be utilized by any of the shareholders.
The home possesses an open windowed kitchen with large island, custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and a large breakfast bar - an entertaining dream.
Stunning decorative fireplace brings warmth to the parlor floor space.
The second bedroom boasts floor-to-ceiling storage and is directly adjacent to the home's second full bathroom...
....which is windowed and outfitted in Duravit fixtures, Carrara marble and a lovely shower/tub combo.
The spacious master bath.
The flexible layout allows for plenty of entertaining.
An alcove seating area creates the perfect home office or book nook.
"256 Mott is a once in a generation opportunity to live in an oasis of history, architecture and charm rarely found in such a blue chip location." said Compass agent Todd Lewin who shares the listing with Michael Rubin.
256 Mott is a masterful work of architecture and the building remains a worthy symbol of the work of the Children's Aid Society, an organization which has helped so many children since its founding in 1853. More recently, the building and this parlor floor unit served a supporting role as Anne Hathaway's home in the Amazon Prime series "Modern Love."