Luxury Outlook 2022
An ambitious exploration into high-end residential markets across the globe.
Lauded as “the architect of the century” by the New York Times in the late 1950s, esteemed Ralph Thomas Walker was widely revered for his bold, theatrical, and “spectacularly dynamic” Art Deco designs. This 3,865-square-foot residence, which soars over the heart of Chelsea in the 1939 building named for its celebrated architect, resonates with a sense of stylish serenity and is a peerless haven of sophistication and stillness high above the bustling city.
New York, New York | Jonathan Hettinger, Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage
Oversized windows fill nearly every space—including fluidly linked living and dining rooms—with gentle but glorious light and afford an expansive outlook that encompasses the Hudson River, Freedom Tower, and the Statue of Liberty. Entertainers and chefs of all skill levels will appreciate the bespoke Smallbone kitchen, which deftly combines elegance and superior functionality. Stainless-steel appliances from Sub-Zero, Viking, Miele, and Franke join handsome Dornbracht fixtures and timelessly chic marble and limestone countertops.
Two of the home’s five bedrooms are generous primary suites, and each is accompanied by a custom marble bath with Waterworks fixtures and a well-outfitted walk-in closet. An office with a built-in desk and bookshelves is a thoughtful inclusion for today’s lifestyle. Classicism meets contemporary convenience in the home’s appointment with both lovely French herringbone oak floors and a Crestron home automation system.
Walker Tower’s elaborate brick façade and Art Deco ornamentation have been painstakingly maintained and restored, securing its position as one of the city’s most eye-catching landmarks. This dedication to history and provenance notwithstanding, the building offers a wide array of amenities and services, including 24-hour door attendant, a concierge, a library with a bar, climate-controlled delivery storage, a playroom, auxiliary storage space, a fitness center and yoga room, a sauna, and a landscaped roof deck for open-air enjoyment of a full panorama of the city.