It’s an attractive irony that the address of the Absolute, 111 Steuben Street, should suggest the name of one of America’s most historic crystal and glass manufacturers. Finished in a crisp mid-century modern style in 2009 to designs by Gary Shoemaker Architects, the building is a paean to the glass box/lantern school of the avant-garde ’50s, complete with blue facade panels that echo those of Lever House on Park Avenue.
Apartment 6B is an expansive two-bedroom, two-bath penthouse with a private terrace and roof garden that covers the full footprint of the apartment. The light-flooded south-facing great room looks out via floor-to-ceiling glass onto a terrace that runs the length of the apartment.
The dining area is further illuminated by a skylight. The open-plan kitchen has ample counter and storage space, as well as modern wood-grain and white lacquer cabinetry and porcelain tile. A custom-built entertainment center rounds out the recently renovated unit.
Bedrooms flank the living space, the master bedroom incorporating an elegant private bath and a walk-in closet. There is a washer/dryer in the home, and Santos mahogany flooring appears throughout.
The professionally landscaped rooftop garden has a grill and space for seating for outdoor entertaining, with apple, cherry, Japanese maple, juniper and pine trees all growing in handsome planters crafted from reclaimed wood. Views of the Empire State Building add a dash of urban glamour to the leafy greenery of the surrounding area.
The Absolute itself boasts a full array of amenities, including a full gym and a recreation room with billiards, ping-pong and TV lounge areas, all of which will presently be renovated with fresh paint and new carpeting. A deeded parking space comes with the apartment; further parking is available for rent or sale.
The Absolute is close to beautiful Fort Greene Park, Pratt Institute’s public gardens and diverse cultural programming, and Myrtle Avenue. The latter has been experiencing a renaissance of new building as cafes, restaurants and shopping develop in anticipation of the Navy Yard project’s further expansion as a major live/work hub, replete with a new East River ferry station.
Douglas Elliman’s Eric Volpe has the listing, which delivers some solid goods for $1,350,000. Monthly common charges are $773, and taxes are only $36.