The Chapel, Estate of the Day
I first saw this home back in April as part of the Sunday Real Estate Round-Up but it deserves full estate of the day treatment. As the New York Observer's Manhattan Transfers column mentioned back then, this converted 19th-century chapel belongs to investor and environmental philanthropist. Dan Lufkin. The five-bedroom spread at 455 Central Park West has been lovingly restored and includes details such as antique French oak floors, arched windows, gold-leafed walls, stone columns, Gothic fireplace and the most jawdropping detail, the living room with a 28-foot-high vaulted ceiling. The home has Park views, an interior private elevator, mezzanine library and a balcony sitting room. There is also a separate one-bedroom staff apartment. The apartment is listed at around three times what Lufkin paid three years ago. The chapel is listed at $17.5 million. These are some of the most intriguing rooms in New York City but the private spaces in this home are a little devoid of charm compared to the high drama of the main living/dining space.
UPDATE: This home is now listed at $12.5 million.
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Gallery: The Chapel