An IBM executive spent over $200,000 renovating his beautiful New York City home — take a look inside

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This 1850’s Gramercy Park townhome is located at the corner of bustling city life and serene views.

The homeowner, an IBM executive who wanted to be identified only by his first name, Brian, said the location is ideal.

“It’s a fabulous area because you have the parks right outside, so it’s absolutely peaceful and quiet and then you only walk three blocks and you’re on Union Square, Broadway, and 5th Avenue,” Brian said.

The IBM executive and European published author has spent over $200,000 on renovations at the Gramercy Park home. He told BI that he draws inspiration from his time spent in Paris, Monaco, and Copenhagen.

“I’ve lived in so many places around the world,” Brian said. “It’s just one of these transitions, finding a new space and developing a new product.”


To make the most of the space, Brian had to think creatively. “There’s a bookcase in the middle next to the fireplace downstairs that’s actually a murphy bed,” Brian said.

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When he originally purchased the home, Brian was displeased with the lack of light. “The brick walls were very dark and brown and everything was old,” Brian said.

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After the renovations, the pristine kitchen offers plenty of storage and counter space, perfect for hosting intimate dinner parties.

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A fireplace and wine storage rack connect the living room and kitchen.

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Climb the stairs to view the master bedroom.

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No doors needed here — the master is right off of the stairway, complete with a fireplace and additional book shelves. The master bed also lifts up to provide extra storage space.

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The white walls and light furniture help to open up and illuminate the space. After working with contractors and custom craftsmen, the vision came to life. “It was one of those moments where you would look and just imagine what it could become if you put the time and the money into it,” Brian said.

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The all-white bathroom has a bright and clean design.

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Brian has decided to place this home on the market and is searching for his next project. The published author credits his successful remodels to his interest in design and creativity. “It’s the passion about creating something,” Brian said. “It’s really not that different from creating a story in a book.”

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For more information about the property, contact Jason Hernandez online.