Lengthy before the actor Anthony Rapp located achievement on Broadway in “Rent,” he was dwelling significantly the very same way as the battling East Village artists the hit musical portrayed. The imagined of owning a spot in Manhattan at the time appeared unrealistic.
But in the summer time of 1998 — two and a 50 percent years immediately after he was solid as the first guide in “Rent” — he experienced scraped with each other more than enough income for a down payment on a next-floor studio loft at 1 Bond Street in NoHo, a historic cast-iron condominium building in close proximity to Lafayette Street. The sale price was $375,000.
“It was a small out of my cost array, but I crunched the quantities and was ready to make it operate,” said Mr. Rapp, who was elevated in Joliet, Sick., and experienced been leasing due to the fact the early ’90s in an East Village wander-up with legions of roommates, including his brother, Adam Rapp, a playwright and novelist.
Shortly just after the NoHo buy, Mr. Rapp began what turned into a two-stage renovation long lasting numerous decades and costing, by his estimate, at the very least as considerably as he experienced paid for the unit. This incorporated redoing the kitchen and toilet and installing wraparound bookshelves of reclaimed wooden and scrap metal, among other personalized prospers. “I am very happy of the do the job I put into it,” he reported.
But Mr. Rapp outgrew his environs. He desired to start off a loved ones sometime with his fiancé, Ken Ithiphol, a particular and management mentor, and that referred to as for more space. He a short while ago uncovered it back in his outdated community. In mid-October, he and Mr. Ithiphol, alongside with their 3 cats and doggy, moved into a a few-bedroom, three-bathtub condominium they purchased in a new luxurious improvement in the East Village.
“It’s variety of a return to my earliest roots as an grownup,” Mr. Rapp explained. And their new place is not way too much from the New York Theater Workshop, possibly, the place “Rent” initially debuted in February 1996 right before landing on Broadway a couple of months later on. Mr. Rapp would go on to reprise his role as Mark Cohen, an aspiring filmmaker and the narrator, in the movie version.
The NoHo apartment is being mentioned for $1.95 million, according to Kristi Ambrosetti of Sotheby’s Global Realty, which is marketing and advertising the residence. The month to month carrying fees whole $1,607.
The property encompasses 1,250 sq. toes and has an L-formed configuration. A central foyer qualified prospects to a big open space at the southeast aspect, with spaces for lounging and eating, together with a kitchen, bathroom, laundry location and massive wander-in closet.
The kitchen area is outfitted with mahogany cupboards, granite countertops and significant-finish stainless-steel appliances. The roomy toilet options an initial claw-foot soaking tub and Ann Sacks clay tiles.
At the other stop of the apartment is a sleeping location and workplace room lined with handcrafted, floor-to-ceiling shelving made by Steven Royal, a mentioned set designer and director. There is also an art wall of scrap wood tiles crafted by the modern day artist Michelle Peterson-Albandoz.
One of Mr. Rapp’s most loved spots was the window seat in the place of work place, the place, he reported, he typically enjoyed a cup of tea and a good ebook — that is, when he wasn’t on tour or on locale filming. In addition to “Rent,” he has starred in the Broadway musical “You’re a Great Person, Charlie Brown.” He presently seems on the Television series “Star Trek: Discovery.”
During Mr. Rapp’s apartment are several unique architectural specifics, which includes wood floors of knotted pine, twice refinished 12.5-foot ceilings exposed pipes and columns and a tin ceiling that was identified by shock through renovations and partially salvaged. Oversized, factory-fashion windows search out on to the quaint cobblestone Bond Avenue.
“It’s really scarce to have an primary loft with so lots of of the specifics intact,” said Ms. Ambrosetti, the Sotheby’s agent, “and to be equipped to have a rental when there’s so a lot co-op merchandise in the location.”
The home is 1 of 19 units in the building, a.k.a. the Robbins & Appleton Constructing. It was erected in 1877 and made use of by the American Waltham View Organization to manufacture watch situations. The construction was additional to the Nationwide Sign up of Historic Places in 1982 and converted into condominiums in 1988.
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