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All images of 434 West 23rd Street, D via Douglas Elliman Real Estate All images of 434 West 23rd Street, D via Douglas Elliman Real Estate
There's no place better to celebrate the holiday season than in New York. And if your home is in the city, there's an endless number of events and things to see that help make this time of year feel so special. As many of us begin to decorate our apartments, and face the realization that our spaces will never evoke the charm of a cabin in the New England woods, we've uncovered an exception, a cheery and charming triplex in West Chelsea that may inspire you to put a bit more effort into your décor.

Located on one of the most beautiful blocks in Chelsea, 434 West 23rd Street, #Unit D is a three-bedroom with two and a half baths, working fireplaces, and two private outdoor spaces. Said to be inspired by Italian art and architecture, the home is chock-full of custom details which makes it the perfect setting for gathering with loved ones. It's also worth mentioning the home is on the approximate birthplace of Clement Clarke Moore, the former landowner of Chelsea and the scholar who wrote the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas." It starts: 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...'


↓ Enter the warm and incredibly livable great room. The 23-foot-wide living and dining space takes up the bulk of the first floor and is flooded with southern sunlight.


↓ The space is anchored by a marble-faced wood-burning fireplace sided by built-in shelving


↓ The décor is said to be inspired by the art and architecture of Italy. Other custom touches include hand-painted wall ornaments and exposed wooden rafters.


↓ The seller says the home is ideal for those who like to plant and enjoy outdoor space. Off the main level is this 23' x 6' terrace overlooking the rear gardens of this well-preserved townhouse block.


↓ The home is in the 1970-designated Chelsea Historic District, and 434 West 23rd Street is part of the Fitzroy Townhouses, a row of 1850s townhouses converted into co-ops. A colonial north-south thoroughfare named Fitzroy Road once ran through the site.


↓ 434 West 23rd Street was built in the ltalianate style in 1857. While some of the building's exterior details were long ago removed by thoughtless barbarians, it retains its stoops, arched windows, and cornice.

434 West 23rd Street 434 West 23rd Street (Richard Caplan for CORE Real Esstate)

↓ "While many people say 'no detail has been overlooked,' we think you will be truly shocked by the details here, which "they" didn’t even know to look for" — The Seller


↓ The kitchen is functional and cozy. According to the listing, the countertops are of Yellow River marble from Brazil, the refrigerator is by Liebherr, and a double-door dishwasher and stove are by Fisher & Paykel.

There are custom cabinets, multiple spice racks, a dish dryer above the sink, and a table on wheels built under the front counter.


↓ Just off the main entrance is a coat closet and powder room to pull yourself together and apart.


↓ This tucked-away staircase connects the three levels. It is an ideal area to be adorned with art, picture frames, and personal memorabilia.


↓ The second floor is similar in size to the first. It has its own entrance, a larger bathroom, and two bedrooms. The seller has converted the smaller bedroom into a mighty home office, aka inebriation chamber.


↓ The second floor bath has a stand-in shower and an extra-wide sink. While some may feel the finishes need updating, the abundance of warmth and personality is a refreshing change from the austere, marble-everywhere baths we've grown used to. Gen-Z also loves nostalgia supposedly.


↓ On the top floor, the skylit primary suite is a true sanctuary for the hurried and harried New Yorker.


↓ The suite has its own walk-in closet and a modest but functional bath with a window looking out to the private terrace.


↓ "Each private outdoor space is rich with plants, light, and stories," explains the seller. The terrace off the bedroom features also features glimpses of the Hudson River, High Line, and the Empire State Building. London Terrace majestically looms across 23rd Street like the Palisades cliffs.


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