Say hello to your dream house if you have ever wanted to live inside the retro-futuristic world of a Jules Verne novel. This $1.75 million New York apartment is packed with giant gears, blimps, and a working porthole.(Pics)
Jeremy Noritz is the owner of this unusual co-op in Chelsea. Mr. Noritz purchased the apartment in 2006 for $1.3 million, according to property records. ‘It was in very good condition, but very conservative and compartmentalized,’ he said in an email.
Transforming a plain-vanilla co-op into a Jules Verne wonderland took about two years. ‘Like other large projects, the initial budget and scope were quite modest compared to the beast it would eventually become,’ he said. The 1,800-square-foot space is configured as an open loft with one bedroom and two full baths, which are hidden behind walls of antique piping, gears and cogs.
Mr. Noritz, a filmmaker, said photos of zeppelins informed the design, as did steampunk style, which is inspired by science-fiction and fanciful interpretations of Victorian-era technology. ‘I wanted to build a unique experience for visitors and myself,’ he said.
Mr. Noritz weathered the front door to make it appear to have been salvaged from a submarine, complete with working porthole. ‘Manhattan’s delivery guys love the functional hatch,’ he said. ‘I surprise them and grab my pizza. I feel like the door is emblematic of the space inside: Not just eye candy, but functional.’
Everything from large wooden gears weighing more than 500 pounds to the vintage recliners with built-in cup holders in the living room were collected by Mr. Noritz from metal foundries and antique shops. Sculptures, blimps and fans dangle from the ceiling.
In the kitchen, antique wrenches double as drawer pulls and cabinet door handles. Some cabinets display antique fans instead of dishes. Mr. Noritz said the sepia-colored concrete floors were inspired by the patina of a favored Rodin sculpture. The focal point of the home is a color-changing zeppelin that appears to float from the ceiling. Past an arched brick wall is the bedroom, decorated to look like an exploded zeppelin. The bedroom holds a Murphy bed. It’s operated by another complex contraption—a deactivated bomb, that lifts and lowers to move the bed.
The owner is selling the home—furnishings included—for $1.75 million. CORE holds the listing. ‘I imagine the buyer to be anyone with an appreciation for the arts,’ said Mr. Noritz, who added that the buyer could be ‘single or a family with pets. Someone who likes to cook and entertain would feel right at home.’
‘I find myself about to spend a long time away from New York,’ Mr. Noritz said. ‘I love my home dearly, but it’s time for someone else to enjoy it.’