After almost a decade of ownership, New York City-based Indian-American filmmaker Mira Nair listed a two-bedroom and two-bathroom condo in Manhattan’s art gallery packed West Chelsea neighborhood with an asking price of $1.85 million. Nair, who directed cultural mash-up rom-coms “Monsoon Wedding” and “Mississippi Masala” along with the 1988 Oscar nominated crime-drama “Salaam Bombay!” and the 2016 sports bio-drama “Queen of Katwe” with Lupita Nyong’o, bought the condo in February 2008 for $1.375 million and over the years has made it available as a rental at around $6,500 per month. The loft-style apartment, with matte finished hardwood floors, art-friendly snow-white walls and 12-foot ceilings, has two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,257-square-feet
A long, slender entrance gallery with two ample coat closets passes a sleekly appointed, open-plan galley-style kitchen with lustrous imported Italian dove gray cabinetry and an integrated snack counter on its way to the sun-flooded south and west facing combination living/dining room. Hardly larger than a prison cell and without a built-in wardrobe, the secondary bedroom is well suited as a home office while the more comfortably proportioned master suite features a long wall lined with low, built-in bookshelves and two nearly floor to ceiling sash windows plus a pass-through walk-in closet/dressing area and en suite bathroom with double-sink teak vanity and tile-lined walk-in shower space. A discreet laundry closet and a second full bathroom open off a short corridor behind the kitchen.
Residents of the nine-story building, who include celebrated Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei, are provided with premium level services that include 24-hour doorman attended lobby, a double-height lounge area that opens though a wall of accordion fold glass doors to a serene courtyard garden with reflecting pool, a screening room and a communal landscaped roof deck with an over the rooftop view over the Hudson River.
The listing is held by Pamela D’Arc at Stribling & Associates.
listing photos: David Paler / Stribling & Associates