Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesday Catch Up: Rafael Marquez

SELLER: Rafael Márquez
LOCATION: New York, NY
PRICE: $10,950,000
SIZE: 4,042 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: As was first reported ages ago by the property peeps at The Real Deal, internationally known professional soccer player Rafael Márquez has his sprawling Manhattan combo-condo on the market for $10,950,000. Property records show the Mexican-born soccer star purchased the two-until combination apartment in the last days of 2010 for $6,395,000.

Presumably the decision to list has everything to do with the Mexican-born footballer being released a few months early from his $4.5 million dollar annual contract with the New York Red Bulls. The release, so the stories go, may have had something to do with injuries and suspensions that kept the ball kicker off the field more than 50% of the time during his tenure with the Red Bulls. Mister Márquez went—or soon will go if he hasn't already—back to his native Mexico where he was immediately picked up by the Léon team.
Numerous reports say the W. 17th Street apartment has six bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms but a quick study of the floor plan included with current listing details shows the 4,042 square foot 7th floor spread has four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 20 windows on three exposures. The corner living/dining space stretches 35-feet and the adjacent kitchen is eat-in with a enviable walk-in pantry.

The northwest wing, easily and conveniently closed off from the rest of the apartment, contains two roomy guest/family bedrooms plus a family room and a shared compartmentalized bathroom. An unusually large guest suite, perfectly situated for over night guest privacy in the opposite southeast corner of the apartment, has a small sitting room/office, a separate bedroom, a windowless five piece facility and a fitted dressing room that's quite a bit roomier, perhaps, than any number of $3,000 per month studio apartments in the West Village.

The master suite, off the foyer, just past the over-sized laundry room, encompasses a long entry vestibule lined with closets (or maybe they're shelves or some other thing entirely), a surprisingly compact bedroom, a pair of separate but interconnected and gloriously windowed dressing rooms, and an only partially private bathroom with twin sinks, separate tub and shower and—thankfully—and enclosed cubicle for the crapper.

The apartment also has generous 10.5 foot ceilings, a central sound system, a multi-zone air condition system and steam heating. Monthly taxes and common charges come to $7,469, as per listing details.

exterior photo: Nicholas Strini for Property Shark
floor plan: Douglas Elliman

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

It would be nice if this article mentioned what building this was in, or even what neighborhood...New York City is a pretty big place!

Anonymous said...

It's in chelsea

luke220 said...

Nice apartment-
He's a good looking guy- must have left a lot of broken hearts behind.

ParkAvenueGrinch said...

As Floorplan Porn goes this is pretty primo.

The guest suite is spectacular by NYC standards - a sitting room, bedroom AND very full bath!!!!!

Although if any of my overnight guests - or even holiday guests - showed up with enough luggage to actually fill that dressing room...I would just cut to the chase and call security.

The Master Bedroom is kinda small - but considering the VERY ample storage/closet space it sorta balances out. There is plenty o' room for a decadantly dressed up Duxiana California King with enuff room left over for a nice settee or better yet some kind of tufted chaise to pass out on after lunch/before dinner.

Having already experienced loft living - I am over it. So I would probably restore the Formal Dining Room (it appears that a wall was removed).

I happen to be an enfilade fan. Open all the doors for big parties but still have the option of closing them for smaller, moar intimate affairs.

It also helps to spare the children from the shouting and foul language when the family is over for Thanksgiving. Slide a coupla pocket doors and EVERYBODY is happy!!!!

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Scorpio said...

okay I got the address and the ORIGINAL pix...
The Steiner building 257 w 17th St between 7th and 8th ave with the D'Agonstino's market on the ground floor,.. http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/01/04/soccer_star_rafael_marquez_buys_64_million_chelsea_loft.php#rafael-marquez-west-th-street-5

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Anonymous said...

@4:13, call security for what exactly? Who do you think you are?

Anonymous said...

I would make it a 3 bedroom and take over the bedroom immediately next to the master as the master bedroom with the current area a sitting room. Install a door at the hall area off the family room and reconfigure the bathroom to be accessed from the corner guest bedroom making 3 suite bedrooms and a half bath.

Sandpiper said...

I love a spacious entry gallery with a sightline into public rooms. But IMHO, for the price, overall floor plan makes me nervous. It's suffering from forced space disproportion / misallocation. The bones have logistically painted the likeable but pricey architect into a corner. Planning obstacles abound as windows and structural constrictions result in many less than perfect outcomes. To single them all out is like shooting fish in a barrel. The smallest of all bedrooms is the master, with a more-than-needed dressing room because dammit, it's remnant space. Other rooms are also there for the sake of plugging holes, like the one fifth of unit guest suite's 9x13 pass through. At this point who cares if there's no service corridor for catering. Least of the worries.

Footie said...

When you enter the front door, the opposite wall should exhibit some spectacular art work, not two closets. The closet could be moved to the wall of the powder room (reducing it slightly).

Anonymous said...

@10:20, Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think owners are allowed to get a blow torch and rearrange the structural system. that is why closets are where they are unless you have another brainstorm that does not include collapse of the building.

Anonymous said...

@ 7:09 drunk posting, your plan proposes turning the family room into one big john with an attached john. reducing bedroom count will both lower asking price and scare people.

Anonymous said...

11:47-renovations in a condo like this would be subject to the rules of the condo. And of course nothing that interfered with the structural integrity of the building would be allowed. But renovations that include construction and demolition of walls between rooms, creation of doorways. building and movement of closets happen all the time in NYC
co-ops and condos. For instance, as it is likely not a load bearing wall, after an architect and engineer look at the logistics, the wall between the kitchen and family room, from the pantry to the exterior wall, could be removed entirely. And such a thing happens frequently, though usually only allowed in summer so as disturb few neighbors (who are away at their summer homes).

Removing closet doors to leave the wall as an place to hang art is not a big deal. There may be a structural element to that post in between the closet doors, but given the size of other structural elements, I would doubt it.

I would be more worried about the suggestion of 7:09 to open up the wall between the master and the adjacent bedroom. The thickness of the wall between those two areas indicates it probably is load bearing and may contain utilities. So that probably won't be happening.

Rick Wrinklebottom said...

Yes, most Manhattan condos/co-ops will allow pretty much anything, with exception of the removal of load-bearing walls/columns and what's known as "wet over dry" in NYC lingo, meaning no bathrooms/laundry rooms/kitchens over areas that are not either a bathroom, laundry room or kitchen on the floor immediately below - and even that can be done with board approval & special accommodations (extra waterproofing, duplexes, etc) in some buildings.

Otherwise, how would they wind up with some of those modern, loft-like apartments you occasionally see in pre-war buildings? Hell, back in the day before the landmarking laws were as strict as they are today, they even used to let people cut bigger windows right into the walls - check out Faye Dunaways old apartment on the 20th floor of the south tower of the "El Dorado" on CPW and you can see an example of where that was done (By Gwathmey Seigel, no less!) back in the 70's...

Earth to 1:04 said...

@1:04. This is supposed to be a fun place. Then there's you and your uninformed attempt to dress me down. Instead you've become a psychological toy. if your goal is to appear knowledgeable and superior you are failing miserably. you need to walk the talk. I enjoy healthy exchanges on such topics but prefer a level playing field. It is not rocket science to know code approvals are heavily enforced in most of the free world. Anyone that reads the newspaper knows of NYC summer shut downs. Please don't blow smoke with that common fact. Creating living spaces includes freedom to visualize nonloadbearing possibilities, the beauty of it all. structural considerations blatantly confuse you and further reinforce your naivety. Suggest you read up on the liability of distinguishing between loadbearing and nonloadbear as you are obviously confused supported by much guessing. I will help you out on the soapbox rant about entry closets. door are separated by a nonstructural aesthetic divide. Look closely and try to see why. closet relocation also requires rational planning that doesn't create a domino effect of further problems in this existing plan. You can't randomly expound until you understand essential design principles. Need to read up before editorializing. You don't know the difference. Guessing doesn't make it so. Read my lips.

Anonymous said...

@4:03: Umm, oversensitive/over-reacting much?!? I see nothing in @1:04's comment that is "an attempt to dress you down", or is in any way hostile or ridiculing of your comment. Rather, if anything, your comment @11:47 in reply to @10:20 is more of what you just discribed - a somehwt hostile, uninformed attempt to dress someone else down. It's apparent that YOU don't know what YOU'RE talking about (everything both 1:04 & Wrinklebottom said aligns more with what I know from 20+ years as an owner of a Manhattan co-op than anything you said, not to mention neither was as hostile and OBNOXIOUS as both of your comments in this thread - if anyone is not making this a fun place, it's YOU!!!)

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Petra's said...

Anon 4:03, are you a troll? Or are you simply a cunt? Either way, bitch please. When Mama and her wooden spoon are through with you I hope your tushie is redder than a hillbilly's neck.

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