The first glimpse you’ll catch of the Carl Fischer Building’s $29.5 million penthouse apartment is from the sidewalk across the street and 12 floors below.
Let your eyes follow the stem of the gargantuan music note, painted on the side of the building, up, and you’ll eventually catch sight of the penthouse’s lush rooftop garden. But that’s just a teaser.
The building started its life in 1923 as the home of sheet-music company, Carl Fischer. It held the company’s publishing and distribution operations, as well as its store, but Fischer sold the building in 1999. By 2001, 62 Cooper Square was transformed into condominiums.
The 15,781 square-foot penthouse takes up the top three floors of the building, although it is divided rather unusually. The spread is comprised of a main three-bedroom penthouse apartment, a one-bedroom guest suite, and two, two-bedroom guest apartments – both of which are currently being rented, meaning we didn’t get to peek inside. However, listing broker Michael Chapman of Stribling, assured LLNYC that they were just as charming as the rest of the apartment. Of course, he did — although we are inclined to believe him.
The building’s elevators both open onto a private landing on the 11th floor. The small space is dark and brooding, and as you realize once the apartment door swings open, a polar opposite to the home itself.
For a space so vast the home feels generous and inviting thanks to the plethora of warm wood colors and artwork. And there is so much plant life and vegetation throughout the home, comparing it to a greenhouse wouldn’t be going too far.
The first floor of the penthouse unit is a sprawling, light filled, open-plan loft. Stroll in and immediately to your left is a short corridor that leads to two bedrooms, both with views across the East Village and beyond. Move back to the main gallery area to find an alcove dedicated to a billiards table and a cozy sitting room. A little further up, the dining table is overshadowed by a decorative ceiling piece made of what appears to be a gnarled piece of driftwood.
From there comes the kitchen, and it’s possibly the most unoriginal part of an otherwise very original home. Don’t be mistaken though, it’s still a very nice kitchen, with sleek fixtures and modern appliances.
This floor boasts another living area, with the penthouse’s best amenity: a rope swing suspended from the ceiling. We assume it works, but didn’t dare try it out.
A third living area on the floor doubles as a library thanks to walls of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
The final room on this floor belongs to the master suite. And for a penthouse of such scale and cost, it’s rather low-key and modest. The tiled bathroom is open to the rest of the room and framed with stone walls – very ancient Roman-esque.
Head up the industrial-style metal staircase to the second floor and another living area awaits you. This one is centered around a fireplace. Pocket doors hide the guest suite, which could really be considered a third guest apartment. It holds a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, all of which enjoy the inviting feel that characterizes the rest of the home. The two guest apartments are entirely separate and can be found down a corridor. Both have separate entrances, and like the floor below, a private elevator landing.
On the third and final floor you’ll find yet another seating area – that’s five in total by our count – flanked by an artist’s studio and a miniature yoga room. The real winners up here though are the parallel terraces, one facing east and one facing west. Both have stellar views across the low-lying Villages on either side, not to mention bona fide gardens with plants and trees – the small patches of lawn even get mowed.
The entire place is a refreshing break from the same old newly built, sterile condos we see time and time again. We just hope any new buyers keep it that way.