Nestled above an unassuming music school on East 11th Street in New York City’s arty East Village and across the street from one of the oldest churches in Manhattan, a decadently decorated bohemian duplex apartment is coming to the market on Wednesday for $7.95 million, Mansion Global has learned.
The two-bedroom spread, the heart of which is its great room, a space lined with arched glass doors that lead to a sprawling 1,000-square-foot terrace overlooking St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, is being sold by design veteran Alfredo Paredes .
Mr. Paredes spent more than 30 years at Ralph Lauren , most recently in the role of executive vice president and chief creative officer, and oversaw the creation of stores globally as well as the Polo Bar in Midtown Manhattan. He launched his own design studio last year.
For his home, he looked to his travels across Europe, including Amsterdam and Rome, as well as some of his favorite design work—like that of Axel Vervoordt and the interiors of the infamous Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles—for inspiration, he told Mansion Global.
“I also wanted to build a place that had no time to it,” he said. “I wanted something that was classic but felt modern.”
Now decked out with reclaimed wood ceilings, limestone floors and rich white-oak millwork, it was a drastically different space when Mr. Paredes acquired the spread more than a decade ago.
Then a three-bedroom unit, “it was a little more modern [and] didn’t have any of those windows,” he said. “It was pretty simple.”
While other potential buyers were overwhelmed by how to utilize the space, he said, Mr. Paredes’s career—which relies on visualization and conceptualization—served him well in the overhaul of the property.
“I was like ‘well I know what to do,’ so I jumped on it.”
The resulting home has a wood-burning fireplace, a semi-enclosed chef’s kitchen and a primary bedroom suite—a favorite spot of Mr. Paredes—which spans the entire south side of the upper floor and has a decorative fireplace, an oak-paneled dressing room and home office.
And there’s also the option of snapping up the adjacent two-bedroom apartment as a guest space for an additional $2.3 million.
It’s “rare to find an apartment that ticks off all the boxes,” said listing agent Chris Kann of Corcoran. “The owner sort of created this feeling that you could be in the Hollywood Hills in a Mediterranean bungalow, you could be in Europe overlooking church towers. You’re really transported into another world.”
The ceiling of the great room is “all reclaimed wood,” Mr. Kann said. “So there’s a warmth to the room that you rarely see in New York.” The light-flooded space leads out to the sprawling terrace that’s “almost a whole other living room enveloped by trees and plants,” he added.
It “feels like you’re in a huge treehouse”—albeit one with views over the picturesque St. Mark’s Church tower and gardens, and as far as the World Trade Center in the distance.