About This Listing
The House of Chanel, a lovingly restored 1928 french, historical 2 bedroom apartment. Filled with antiques. It's like stepping back to Buenos Aries Golden Age. Located in the Recoleta neighborhood, one of the very best areas in Buenos Aires.
House of Chanel
Elegant Luxury -- by Design
2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths...fabulous ambiance
Lovingly restored to its former grandeur, it is located in the exclusive “La Isla” neighborhood of Recoleta, the safest and most exclusive part of Buenos Aires. The building’s entrance is on Pueyrredon and the flat faces Agote, a charming, quiet, tree lined cobblestone street.
The flat is housed in a special historical building that has just ten private homes. It was designed by the architects, Gelly Cantillo and Moy. Several of their buildings are published in the 2008 book, Buenos Aires Art Deco y Racionalismo. It was built in 1928 in the French Art Deco style. You’ll know you’re somewhere special when you walk through the stylized Art Deco doors and enter the marble entry with the period wrought-iron elevator.
The elegance of the flat harkens back to the 1920s in Europe -- and in Buenos Aires, the Paris of the New World -- a gracious period when this flat's ten-foot ceilings and the three balconies with floor-to-ceiling French doors were the norm for luxury homes.
I did a complete remodel, paying careful attention to restoring the original floors, doors, and door hardware. I incorporated all new luxury conveniences and materials into the restoration: granite counters in the kitchen and classic black-and-white granite floors in the kitchen and bathroom.
To achieve the feeling of high elegance, I used quality materials throughout, from the faucets to the light fixtures. An important antique chandelier glistens in the entry. Several French Art Deco antiques and light fixtures enhance the entry vestibule and other parts of the flat.
Many conveniences are right at your doorstep. There are deli’s on both sides of the building and a bakery two doors down. Several small grocery stores are within a few blocks and a supermarket with drugstore is down the street. Walk just a few blocks to the famous Recoleta cemetery and Buenos Aires Design Center which has wonderful designer home stores. Stroll through the fabulous weekend Recoleta Artisan Arts and Crafts Fair. The renowned Bellas Artes museum is practically in your backyard
These are some of the wonderful features on this unique flat:
·Three floor-to ceiling French doors that lead to period wrought iron balconies
·Wi-Fi internet (high-speed)
·42-inch flat screen TV
·State-of-the-art Surround-Sound speaker system
·Black lacquer dining table with 6 chairs
·Several crystal chandeliers
·French and Art Deco antiques throughout
·Kitchen: eating bar with barstools, stove, dishwasher, frost-free refrigerator
·Dramatic gray and red streaked granite counter-tops, window for fresh air and pantry
·Washer and Dryer
·Bedroom #1: French doors leading to balcony, full size bed set in a brass antique head and foot board. Full wall of closets with mirrored closet doors
·Bedroom #2: French doors leading to balcony, queen size bed set in an antique Art Deco head and foot board. Walk-in closet. Safe. Antique desk and chair for your computer useage
·Half Bath: A dramatic toilette with red lacquer walls. Glass-etched sink with below counter lighting and Art Deco wall sconces
·Full bath: Le Chanel bathroom with vanity area. Oversize shower with Art Deco window. Bidet.
It's safe and convenient. Situated between the Micro-center and Palermo.
Be considerate as the other 9 apartments in the building are occupied by their owners and they like things quiet.
About the Host, Lynn
I have always loved to fix and design. When I began my real estate career, selling new construction homes, I soon realized that the best part of the job was meeting with interior designers and architects and watching as the more artistic elements of the construction fell into place. After 13 years of owning a real estate company, I built two spec homes on magical Orcas Island in Washington State. Then I undertook a major remodel of a cabin on the water. Something clicked in me during that process of transforming the cabin; I knew I had found my passion….remodeling.
Throughout the next twelve years, I transformed some 30 rather creaky homes into fresh, livable residences, all in the Seattle area. Then I decided to turn my attention to designing and remodeling vacation homes; vacation rentals with personality. In 2005, I moved to Mexico, the land of color and craft, and began working there. In 2010 I did a remodel of a 1928 two bedroom apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Then back to Mexico in 2011.
The most exciting phase of building a new place is when everything gets pulled together. I love the details, making sure that one thing plays with another in perfect harmony. I’m always on the hunt for that specific hand-selected ingredient. The beauty of Latin America is being able to design a particular piece that can be made by one of the many talented artisans. Seeing it all come together like a glorious puzzle is very rewarding.
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And while you’re at it, check out the “House of Chanel”, a historical, art deco two bedroom apartment in Buenos Aires.