SELLER: Amy Schumer
LOCATION: New York City, NY
SIZE: (approx.) 850 square feet, 1 bedroom, 1.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Comedienne Amy Schumer appears to have caught a classic case of The Celebrity Real Estate Fickle. Though she picked it up only a bit more than a year ago, the deftly coarse social satirist has flipped her fourth floor walk-up apartment on a casually plummy, townhouse-lined and tree-shaded block on the Upper West Side of New York City back on the market with an asking price of $2.075 million. Miz Schumer, arguably today’s reigning queen of comedy whose milieu bends towards scandalously hilarious self-parodying anecdotes about drinking too much and having indiscriminate and unsatisfying sexual encounters, not only created, writes, produces, and stars in “Inside Amy Schumer” — a gleefully raunchy, and brutally self-lacerating sketch comedy show for which she took home an Emmy in 2013, her most recent and much publicized comedy special, “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” was directed by comedy royal Chris Rock. And — because she had some spare time or something — she wrote and starred in last summer’s feature length comedy sleeper hit “Trainwreck,” which has hauled in almost $140 million in worldwide box office receipts.
Property records reveal Miz Schumer paid $1.695 million for the one bedroom and 1.5 bathroom full-floor co-operative apartment that occupies the entire top floor of a handsome, turn-of-the-century, mid-block brownstone that’s just half of a block west of the Museum of Natural History and digital marketing materials show the modestly proportioned if hardly inexpensive penthouse-level aerie, which we estimate to be about 850-square-feet, carries monthly maintenance fees of $1,477. The sellers were a couple of gentleman who, interestingly enough, are also in the big business of show, one an Emmy-winning senior supervising producer of “The Dr. Oz Show” and the other a VP at ABC.
Once the four, backside-busting flights of stairs are climbed — a potential deal breaker for the lazy, infirm or otherwise pampered — the apartment opens to a petite but proper, sky-lit foyer. A short hall links to the combination living and dining room that spans the full width of the 20-foot-wide townhouse and features variegated oak floorboards and a couple of south-facing, single-pane windows. A wood-burning fireplace, fancifully dressed with banker’s green marble surround and a carved wood mantelpiece, is set between open bookshelves that extend all the way to the nearly 11-foot ceiling. Although hardly tiny by Manhattan standards, the windowless but sky-lit kitchen may be a bit hodgepodge with at least two styles and colors of cabinetry but is none-the-less efficiently equipped with an array of costly designer appliances that include a commercial-style range and a side-by-side, under-counter fridge and freezer set up. That’s right, butter beans, almost 2.1 million smackers and you gotta haul groceries, not to mention everything else, four flights of stairs and there’s not even a full-sized refrigerator. There is, however, covetously and conveniently we might add, a stacked washer and dryer in the also covetous and convenient half bathroom located just off the foyer. Once again, this is New York City, children, where private laundry situations and designated powder rooms for guests in turn-of-the-century one-bedroom apartments are most assuredly rare luxuries. Anyhoo…
The lone bedroom at the rear, north-facing end of the apartment has a rather disturbing dearth of built-in closet space, per the floor plan included with online marketing materials, but is plenty roomy enough to accommodate a lounge area near a second, raised hearth wood-burning fireplace. The attached bathroom is fitted with humble bead board wainscoting, high-toned marble counter tops, black and white marble checkerboard flooring, a classic claw-footed tub, and a separate shower stall. A steep and supermodel slender staircase that could prove problematic for the prodigiously gutted, gunboat footed, and/or extra-wide hipped to navigate winds up to a private roof terrace that incorporates a whole bunch of boardwalk decking, a remarkable number of potted plants and shrubs, and a grimly unattractive, lattice-backed trellis structure that we presume without any actual knowledge was designed and installed to provide the presumption of privacy from the buildings across the street.
Listing photos and floor plan: Compass