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Celeb Chef Dominique Ansel Buys New York City Condo for $2.8M

Here’s something to whet your appetite: Celeb pastry chef Dominique Ansel has picked up a droolworthy condo in New York City.

The home sold in February for $2.8 million. And even if the chef’s name doesn’t ring a bell, you will know his signature creation.

Namely, the part-croissant, part-donut, all-delicious Cronut. The calorie bomb landed in his bakery in 2013, and created an immediate craze as the must-eat treat in Manhattan. It has since spread to all corners of country and spawned a variety of imitations and spinoffs.

While we wouldn’t call Ansel’s oversized, two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment overly sweet, it is a true delight.

Start with the building itself. Located in Gramercy Park, it’s an eye-popping wonder. Designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, or OMA, the firm founded by the celebrated Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, the residential structure is designed with a cool cascade of 3-D triangles that notch into the side of the building.

Completed in 2018, this unit had been listed for as much as $3 million before Ansel picked it up earlier this year at a discount.

Open layout with high-end kitchen
Open layout with high-end kitchen

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Marble bathroom
Marble bathroom

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Indoor pool for residents
Indoor pool for residents

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Landscaped courtyard in the building
Landscaped courtyard in the building

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Exterior of OMA building in Gramercy Park
Exterior of OMA building in Gramercy Park

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The unit’s 1,400-square-foot layout features split, king-sized bedrooms, with each en suite on either side of the living area. A terrace runs along one end of the apartment. The open space features a living and dining room area, with the kitchen adjacent. 

Fit for a celebrity chef, the elegant kitchen includes Gaggenau appliances, polished quartz countertops, bar seating, and glass cabinetry. We can only imagine what concoctions the Cronut creator is cooking up in his new digs.   

In the master suite, the bathroom comes with a lot of marble, and not only a tub but a separate shower with glass door. 

The building also provides high-end amenities, such as an indoor pool, a landscaped courtyard, a rooftop terrace with fire pit and grill, and a gym. Other services offered for residents include an automated indoor parking system, bike storage, private storage, a lobby attended 24/7, and full concierge services.

The location is a quick ride (or a slightly longer jaunt) to the namesake bakery in SoHo that Ansel founded. It is now opening up again for to-go orders, for New Yorkers who need their fix. 

The French-born chef has a second place on Seventh Avenue with made-to-order desserts. In addition, he’s opened bakeries in Los Angeles and London and recently released a cookbook entitled “Everyone Can Bake.”

His Cronut was listed in 2013 by Time magazine as one of the 25 best inventions of the year.

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