SELLERS: Adam Bernstein and Jessica Hecht
LOCATION: New York, N.Y.
PRICE: $3.295 million
SIZE: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A suburban ranch house-sized cooperative apartment at the illustrious Alwyn Court building in Midtown Manhattan, owned per property records by director-producer Adam Bernstein and actress Jessica Hecht, has come up for sale with an asking price of $3.295 million. The Alwyn Court, for those not familiar, is a full-service apartment house built in 1909 in the French Renaissance style with a famously flamboyant façade encrusted street to cornice with an extravagant explosion of glazed terracotta embellishments. The building, just a block below Central Park and anchored at the street level by the swank caviar and foie gras emporium Petrossian, features a spectacular 12-story atrium courtyard with spectacular trompe l’oeil murals that — if y’all can persuade the vigilant doorman — are absolutely worth a peep.
The multidimensional Mister Bernstein started out in show business as an animator who went on to direct dozens of musicvideos for the likes of the B-52s and the Beastie Boys. Though not a household name outside Tinseltown, he’s directed and produced for a slew of critically acclaimed series including “Oz,” “30 Rock,” “Breaking Bad,” “Californication” and “Nurse Jackie.” In 2014 he was nominated for an Emmy for his directorial endeavors on the series “Fargo,” and in 2007 he took home an Emmy as an executive producer on “30 Rock.” Miz Hecht, a Tony-nominated stage actress with film credits that include “Sideways” and “J. Edgar,” also has a long list of TV credits that include recurring roles on “Breaking Bad” and “Person of Interest” but is probably best known to TV watchers of a certain age for her groundbreaking 1995 role on “Friends” as the procreative lesbian wife of Ross Geller’s ex-wife.
Property records and reports from the time show Miz Hecht and Mister Bernstein purchased the mid-floor apartment in April 2010 at a cost of $2.05 million, and current listing details show the recently renovated unit has three bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in — by our rudimentary and entirely unscientific calculation — about 1,700 square feet. There are head-roomy 11-foot ceilings, at least eight closets plus additional custom built-ins, almost a dozen oversized windows that face west over traffic-choked and often horn-honky loud 7th Avenue and sizable monthly maintenance fees that tally up to $3,316 per month. A brief entrance hall and a fairly generous foyer lead to an exceptionally ample — and sparely furnished — corner living/dining room that stretches magnanimously to almost 30 feet with a wood-burning fireplace, honey-blonde parquet flooring and an entire wall of built-in bookshelves and storage. Our research suggests the Bernstein-Hechts’ renovations and upgrades included a complete overhaul and expansion of the still quite small if efficiently organized kitchen fitted and finished with up-to-date stainless still appliances, a glass tile backsplash, white solid surface countertops and custom cabinets that reach clear to the ceiling to maximize storage.
Listing photos and floor plan: Brown Harris Stevens