It’s a real estate catch-22 that frustrates buyers looking in historic neighborhoods like SoHo: They want the traditional look and style of the area’s classic buildings, but also the modern amenities, conveniences and technology of brand-new construction. This is the rare home that blends both. Within the beautiful One Kenmare Square condominium on Lafayette Street — developed by hotelier Andre Balazs — is 51 Crosby Street, a boutique loft building facing SoHo’s best street. The apartment sports the high ceilings, oversized windows, hardwood floors and direct elevator access of a traditional loft, while also enjoying an immaculate new kitchen, a wood-burning fireplace, in-wall speakers, and the luxurious services (including a health club) of One Kenmare Square. It’s the perfect balance of old and new.
Meeting all the hallmarks of a classic Chelsea loft (and contributing a few more), this full-floor, 3,400-square-foot co-op apartment boasts 20 windows, beamed 10′ ceilings, custom millwork, hardwood floors and an open chef’s kitchen. Currently laid out as a spacious three-bedroom home with a media room, the floor plan can easily be converted to a four-bedroom that still has grand living and dining spaces. And though lofts are known for their open plans, the owner of this apartment can still pursue some quality alone time: There’s a private sauna off the master suite. Have a glimpse at this unique feature below.
It’s not news that TriBeCa is one of Manhattan’s most desired neighborhoods, with historic buildings, family-size lofts, Hudson River Park, and a thriving dining scene drawing more A-listers than a Hollywood premiere. Those large living spaces are a big part of the appeal, and with that in mind, here’s our look at some favorite three-bedroom homes on the market right now.
The Duane Park Building is a condominium loft conversion situated (obviously) on TriBeCa’s popular Duane Park, and the building’s roots show in the units. High ceilings and spacious layouts abound, and this three-bedroom home is no different, with over 2,600 square feet of living space. The angled living room and art-friendly proportions add to an aesthetic that the listing photos capture quite well, so check them out.
This beautiful loft in TriBeCa literally just hit the market, and already it’s making waves. Before we even had a chance to reveal the listing as our latest What’s New, The Real Deal published a story noting that the loft’s seller is Bruce Scott Gordon, the powerful corporate executive and former head of the NAACP. Said CORE’s Michael Graves to TRD, “I’m getting pounded with requests to see this apartment and it’s only been on the market for a few hours. There’s a real lack of inventory in this area.”
It’s not hard to see what makes this downtown 3-bedroom condo so intriguing. Located in the full-service Duane Park Building, the corner loft apartment is an art lover’s dream, with 11′ ceilings, open living and gallery areas, and 13 oversized windows. Other features include a top-of-the-line professional chef’s kitchen, a huge master suite with two walk-in closets and a five-fixture marble bathroom, and the building’s communal roof deck. Enjoy more photos of one of TriBeCa’s best available lofts below, and to see the full photo gallery and floorplan, click over to Michael Graves’s listing.
There are plenty of options for the loft buyer in New York City. The downtown neighborhoods are ripe with the old cast-iron buildings that contain some of the city’s most desirable housing stock. Rarely, however, does one of these homes sport such a recent and modern renovation while still maintaining the open and airy feel that makes these lofts so desirable. This massive full-floor loft in the Flatiron District, sporting 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, perfectly maintains that balance. The luxuries are distinctly modern, including a glass-enclosed, 2,000-bottle wine cellar, high-tech lighting and home automation systems, and a professional chef’s kitchen with custom Italian cabinetry, 6-foot dual Sub-Zero refrigeration, two Bosch dishwashers, Bosch ovens, a Bosch gas cooktop, Miele coffee station, and a Sub-Zero ice machine. But the loft tradition is ever-present, with high ceilings, over-sized windows and wide-open living and entertaining spaces. See Michael Graves’s listing for more great photos, but to really get a sense of how spacious and well-laid-out this apartment is, take a look at the floor plan below.
Being on a “border” has its perks. When 133 West 14th Street was built in 1920, its owner probably had no idea that one day the property would straddle the line between two of Manhattan’s most in-demand neighborhoods. Now this wide-open 1,600-square-foot loft — with high ceilings, a 25-foot-wide living room and amazing over-sized windows — has views north into Chelsea and south into the West Village, and enjoys the finer qualities of both neighborhoods. And while the setting is great, so too is the apartment itself, with a chef’s kitchen, a wood-burning fireplace, maple hardwood floors, central A/C and heat, and more. The boutique building has only 7 residential apartments total, so privacy is also a plus.
We love a home that has the power to surprise, and this loft defies expectations in both location and style. Situated in the quiet enclave of Turtle Bay in Midtown East, where the list of neighbors includes the United Nations, this condop apartment feels like something you’d find in TriBeCa or SoHo, the traditional loft neighborhoods. Soaring 12-foot ceilings give the space great proportions, and in addition to the master bedroom, there’s a private sleeping loft reached by a custom-designed, cantilevered steel staircase. Downtown style, but in a location with East River and Chrysler Building views from the windows and private terrace? And for under $1 million? That’s where the TriBeCa and SoHo similarities end.
This classic full-floor loft in TriBeCa at 77 Hudson Street, an intimate 5-unit condominium, caught our attention with its contrast of old wooden beams and contemporary partitions, allowing for privacy without breaking up the loft flow. This makes the 1,700 square foot space feel even bigger, and the opaque glass doors allow light to fill the entire space. Focus on the details and the apartment is even more impressive: direct key-locked elevator access, three exposures, a nicely outfitted kitchen and a huge 21′ x 37′ Great Room. Plus, the layout is flexible, meaning more bedrooms if needed. No wonder lofts are so in demand. Check out the below interior view for a glimpse of the unique design.
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Ask anyone what New York City neighborhood they think of when they hear the word “loft” and you’ll almost always hear “SoHo” as the response. It’s the romance of high ceilings, wide-open living spaces and buildings with incredible history that drives people to crave the SoHo loft lifestyle, and this Thompson Street listing delivers on those cravings. The dining area, living room and kitchen all flow together to create a vast space that evokes the drama of the old-school bohemian loft, but with updated and luxurious appliances and fixtures (and don’t forget about those sleek Poliform built-ins). The best touch of all? The preserved wooden columns and beams that simply cannot be replicated, giving the loft a sense of history and authenticity. Check out another great photo of the space below.
When is a stager not necessary? When an apartment is already a work of art. That’s the case at the massive Flatiron District loft at 32 West 20th Street just listed by CORE’s John Harrison and Kirk Rundhaug. The 4,000-square-foot space was the home and studio of Lenore Tawney, who turned weaving into fine art and helped create the fiber art genre before passing away in 2007 at the age of 100. The Wall Street Journal reports today on Tawney’s live/work studio hitting the market, pointing out that the $3.95 million co-op is an artist’s loft in the truest sense of the term. Who says the best art in the world is only hanging in museums?