Cooking in the Jazz Age

Roomy, updated kitchens enhance already elegant fixtures at Grand Briar

“I fell in love with this building the first time I walked in,” says Nina Yefimov, the developer behind Grand Briar, the 11-story condo conversion at 433 West Briar Place. The ornate elevator doors, the plaster and millwork details, and the spacious floor plans conjured up the building’s days as an elegant Jazz Age apartment, and from the start, Yefimov resolved to preserve those old-time details.

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From $465,000
to $720,000

Because it had had many longtime tenants, the building was in good shape, Yefimov says, but it needed updating. Among other things, she combined servants’ rooms with a small cooking area to create a more spacious, modern kitchen in some of the units. There are only three condos on each floor (except the ground floor, which has four), so the shared elevators feel almost private. All the units have large foyers, oversize windows, arches between some rooms, and big kitchens and dining rooms.

This spring, Yefimov cut prices across the board by $30,000. Twenty-five of the original 34 units remain for sale, ranging from a two-bedroom condo priced at $465,000 to a three-bedroom condo priced at $720,000.

Photography: Alex Romanovsky

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