The recently-listed three-bedroom duplex at 151 East 37th Street may be an “Apartment Called Desire” because of its rich past. Set in a home originally built for President Martin Van Buren — who wanted it as a home for his daughter in 1860 — it is best known for another former famous inhabitant. American playwright Tennessee Williams lived in the stunning townhouse in the 1940s just prior to the release of his classic, “The Glass Menagerie.”
The unit is located in the renovated four-story, six-unit co-op and boasts such noteworthy features as a huge skylight, an open kitchen with new appliances, renovated bathrooms and a washer/dryer and its original three fireplaces. In addition, while the roof deck may not be made from hot tin, the exclusive area is perfect for checking out views of the Chrysler Building.
The place is certainly something to write home about. Williams boasted about the building’s cost effectiveness in a postcard to his father in 1940, writing, “Settled in lovely new apt., 151 E. 37 St. 3 big rooms and other a roof with skyline & view of river for $18.50 (3 of us) each (per month)…”
While still lovely, the times have indeed changed; the apartment can now be yours for $1.85 million — sans roommates.