Technically, London Terrace isn’t just a neighborhood; it’s actually a block-wide collection of co-ops and rental buildings on West 23rd and West 24th streets. Considering it comprises a large chunk of land and is steeped in fascinating history, we thought it worthy of a closer look. Below, four things you might not know about the scenic Chelsea London Terrace:
1. The same man who wrote a children’s Christmas classic had a hand in developing London Terrace.
T’was the night before construction, and all throughout Chelsea — or something like that. In any case, the land on which London Terrace now sits was once the domain of Clement Clarke Moore, who wrote the iconic tome, T’was the Night Before Christmas. Moore, as it turns out, was as gifted with city planning know-how as he was with rhyming (and had parents who were particularly real estate-prescient).
When he inherited this large parcel in 1813, according to Andrew Alpern’s Luxury Apartment Houses of Manhattan: An Illustrated History, he sculpted the block, which was part of the original Moore family farm, as well as other sections of Chelsea. The New York Timeshas him leasing it to a William Torrey by 1845, “who erected the row as it stands.” By the 1880s, rents on these three-stories, included in a Times article on how increased demand had spiked prices by 15 percent, were going for $1,200 to $1,500 a year.
2. Despite it being named after the English metropolis, it’s actually Italian in (architectural) feeling.
More precisely, a Times article on a recent restoration describes it as “ornamental Tuscan style.” And yet, there’s no doubt Moore and Mandel were inspired by the Brits.
Mandel built it for greatness, with an eye toward staking a claim as “the largest apartment building New York and the world had ever seen”. Even more history can be found at LondonTerraceTowers.com. During the Great Depression, it wound up foreclosed and divvied up between rentals and co-ops.
3. It’s gilded with amenities.
Though it seems like a period project through and through, London Terrace has surprisingly modern perks (some of which have existed since Mandel built it), such as a five-lane pool, a fitness center, a garden, and a roof deck. With saunas and steam rooms in both the men’s and women’s locker rooms, the original tiled pool, deck and facilities are magnificent and not available to anyone outside of London Terrace other than guests and trainers. A fully equipped 3000′ gym is just $400 annually and the entire facility is run by The Wright Fit. You’d also enjoy the landscaped roof deck and full service attention from 24 hour doormen and porters.
4. It’s a celebrity magnet.
Many buildings have hosted boldface names, but London Terrace’s call sheet is particularly impressive. To wit: actress Nicole Kidman, The Sopranos creator David Chase, photographer Annie Leibovitz (who dated her neighbor, the author Susan Sontag), SNL‘s Bill Hader, singer Rufus Wainwright, and First Daughter Chelsea Clinton.
Some moved in before they were famous and others when they had already made their name. With views and amenities likes these its not hard to see why they would want to live at London Terrace!
Are you interested in living in London Terrace? Then you are in luck because I can help.
Imagine the epitome of Style, Function, Design and Luxury, all wrapped up in the perfect London Terrace studio! No need to tax your imagination as you’ll find it here at apartment #7E in the Pool Building to boot! The windowed kitchen is the stand-out, wow factor as you enter the apartment and take in the light and views through three south-facing window-frames. Outfitted with the best appliances and accessories you’ll find a sweet, white, Viking Range, Miele vent hood, Fagor Fridge, Fisher and Paykel dishwasher, and Hansgrohe kitchen faucet. The dining bar and counter-tops are all Ceasarstone.The dressing room is smartly outfitted with an Elfa hanging and storage system and leads you to the lap of luxury, gorgeous bath. Sheathed in Carrara marble, the owner gave a nod to the original bones by restoring the original tile floor and bathtub. You’ll find two medicine cabinets, one 5′ mirrored version tucked behind the door and another (Restoration Hardware) flanked by some serious lights above a Rohl pedestal sink. The bath faucet, rain shower is by Cheviot (a Canadian company). Beautifully restored oak hardwood floors and custom made double blinds add the finishing touch. This residence is part of the four Towers of London Terrace, steps away from the Highline and just upstairs from the renowned half Olympic sized Pool.
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