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Photograph: Rayon RichardsArt dealer János Arányi, 81, met his wife, Theresa Llorente, 70, at a party he hosted in this 1,868-square-foot Tudor-style two-bedroom 25 years ago. “This place seems to be magical for people. Many met in this apartment,” says Llorente of the couple’s affinity for entertaining. 
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Photograph: Rayon RichardsThe home feels more Downton Abbey than Gramercy co-op—it has a working fireplace, 14 stained-glass windows and a coveted key to Gramercy Park.
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Photograph: Rayon RichardsThe pair keeps 40 folding chairs on hand for intimate performances from musicians and actors, including Jeremy Irons. “Whenever we go to performances, we tell the artists we’d love for them to perform here,” Llorente says. 
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Photograph: Rayon RichardsAfter 47 years of throwing parties attended by high-profile guests, like Al Pacino and George Soros, the couple has placed their home on the market. It’s listed by Roseann Barber and Mary Rolland of the Corcoran Group for $6.5 million. 
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Photograph: Rayon Richards“When I came to New York, I brought my sewing machine and my power tools,” laughs Llorente, who transformed the second bedroom into a cozy work space.
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Photograph: Rayon RichardsLlorente added door hinges to paintings to create a decorative cabinet to hide her shelves of sewing supplies.
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Photograph: Rayon RichardsThe couple, who keep a second apartment in Budapest, collect and deal Hungarian art. “We used to have 20 times more art on the walls,” says Llorente of the many museum-quality paintings that adorn the stone walls. 
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Photograph: Rayon RichardsArányi was hunting for office space when he fell in love with the castle-like abode he would call home for 47 years. “As soon as I walked in, I knew this was the place I wanted,” remembers the retired Wall Streeter.

See the $6.5 million Gramercy apartment that looks like a castle

This luxury New York apartment looks like the Downton Abbey of lower Manhattan

By Dana Varinsky
Finding an affordable apartment is tough in this city. We've all been through difficult apartment hunts and encountered frustrating real estate agent jargon. That's precisely why it's so fun to take a peek inside the luxury pads most of us can't afford. Click through the slide show below for a tour of this amazing Tudor-style two-bedroom.

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