The headline was intriguing: the famous first daughter and her husband were about to purchase a condo in lower Manhattan for $10.5 million. Anything Clinton is an attention grabber, so the pictures invited studying.
The building is a recent condo conversion and, at the price, shouldn’t need much renovation. Except: Study the floor plan and try to envision yourself living there especially with a family.
The first thing that jumped out was the very long hallway, perfect for running or for a child’s tricycle or remote control car. To make the long wall work, a really impressive art collection could help, but how can you view art if you only can see it up close? Or one of the rooms could have a wall removed to break up the monotony and create the illusion of space.
The entry into the unit is via a private elevator lobby, the size of which is unchangeable, but once you proceed through the doors, the space can certainly be more inviting. To the right of the front door is what is labeled a media room. Its dimensions, according to the printed plan, are 12’8″ x 12’1.” The finished dimensions are nowhere near that size, as the architect’s plans are usually a pipe dream. How much media equipment can you squeeze into a room that’s under 12 x 12? You’d be lucky to enjoy watching movies on a tablet with mini speakers. The media room and closet have to go and the space should be divided between the entry and a space for toys at the rear. The closet can be relocated on the wall behind the guest bath and the entry foyer becomes more spacious.
The second bedroom, with its lack of windows and decent size, could be the ideal media room/office. It would be easy to soundproof so whoever is in there at the time could establish a private, quiet zone and not disturb the rest of the family. Walls of books or soundproofing on the walls and ceiling, as well as carpeting, and you could practically have a sound studio. If you don’t need the “dressing room” in that bedroom, it could be split with the adjacent bedroom, the one that has practically no closet space.
The 7 x 13 “office” with its full bath would be perfect for a nanny or live in housekeeper, but it doesn’t appear to have a window, perhaps the reason for calling it an office. Its entrance off the elevator lobby is further evidence of the intended use of the room. They just didn’t add a closet, easy to do because the room is 13′ long and a closet takes only 2 feet.
All these renovations assume that the supporting walls can be accommodated, but, since the current floor plan contains such a large open area, it looks like there wouldn’t be much problem.
And so it goes. How to attack a condo, even if it costs a small fortune and looks perfect. Attached are the current and the renovated plans, fun to look at.