Striking Pre-War Details Define Soho Charm

Written By Serena Horrigan | October 21, 2015 | Published in Elegran Insider, Urban Design
The spice warehouse facade

Last week, we showcased some of the classic cast iron lofts whose unique and iconic architecture significantly define Soho’s personality, character, and charm. This week we’re focusing on Soho’s other striking pre-war architecture that houses some of the neighborhood’s most stunning residences.

1. 53 Greene Street, PH

In the heart of Soho stands 53 Greene Street, a meticulously renovated boutique condo building with five full-floor lofts.

PH is a stunning 3,510 sqft 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom penthouse duplex loft. The private, keyed elevator opens into a massive, multi-use living area with ample light from east/west exposures. There are walnut floors throughout, a vented washer/dryer, Lutron lighting, multi-zone central air, built-in surround sound, and smart home technology. A set of oversized doors open up to a massive, 2,067 sqft landscaped private terrace, among the largest in Soho, with sweeping Downtown and river views.

The chef’s kitchen is equipped with a Gaggenau 5-burner gas range, double wall oven, Miele dual side refrigerator, Gaggenau built-in wine cooler, and custom marble countertops.

The master suite features custom closets and dressing room with an en-suite bath that’s outfitted with floor-to-ceiling marble walls, free-standing soaking tub, large shower stall, and dual washbasins.

The secondary oversized bedrooms have customized closets and lavish en-suite bathrooms. The baths all feature Zucchetti stainless steel fixtures, Nuheat flooring, and Arriba warming towel bars.

Building amenities at 53 Greene Street include 24-hour virtual doorman and private storage.

2. 14 Wooster Street, Apt 3FLR

This authentic, architecturally unique co-op loft building offers classic Soho living at its finest.

With only seven residences in the whole building, each loft has an abundance of space and privacy. The private, keyed elevator open directly into each loft.

Apartment 3FLR is an expansive, full-floor, 3,800 sqft, 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom with enough open space for grand scale entertaining. It features exposed whitewashed brick, wide slatted hardwood floors, and the original exposed wood beams and columns. There is a vast master bedroom, separate study, open chef’s kitchen, and subway tiled bathrooms. An outdoor terrace accommodates gardening.

3. 196 Sixth Avenue, Apt 1F

Located at the intersection of Soho, the West Village, and Hudson Square, 196 Sixth Avenue is a majestic, red brick, boutique co-op building.

Apartment 1 is an immaculately renovated, triple mint triplex. The $1,290 sqft loft has dramatic 20 ft ceilings, arched windows, exposed brick, wide plank flooring, and a massive skylight.

The kitchen and dining room feature handcrafted artisan millwork, built-in banquet, honed granite countertops, Grohe fixtures, and state-of-the-art appliances.

The upstairs master bedroom has custom closets, Hafele sliding windows, and custom built-in headboard. The master bath features a skylight, Waterworks sink, glass enclosed shower with mosaic tiling and river rock floor, and Hansgrohe fixtures.

Downstairs houses the second bedroom, full bath, washer/dryer, mudroom, custom closets, private laundry room, and courtyard access. There is central air/heating and built-in surround sound throughout.

Amenities in this pet friendly co-op include a spacious roof deck. Pied-a-terres and co-purchasing are welcome.

4. The Singer Building (561 Broadway), Apt 8A

Built in 1904 by Brooklyn born architect Ernest Flagg, the famed Singer Building has shaped modern architecture ever since. The truly spectacular glass, red brick, and cast iron mixed use co-op building features intricate Juliet balconies and detailed architectural elements.

Apartment 8A is an open 2,300 sqft loft with sweeping city views, wide slatted hardwood flooring, exposed wood custom shelving, authentic French doors, and thermal-pane, double-glazed, glass doors with a 50 ft expanse opening out onto an Art Deco Juliet balcony. The open kitchen and vast expanse of windows dividing the great room from the home office/study further add to the openness of this loft. There is central air throughout. Original radiators provide steam heat.

This mixed use elevator building offers boutique shopping on the ground floor, with a private residential entrance.

 5. Spice Warehouse (481 Washington Street), Apt 4S

Located at the intersection of Soho and Tribeca, Spice Warehouse was built in 1895 as a factory catering to the spice trade, and later housed a printing house before being renovated into luxury residential lofts. Original details of the glorious Beaux Arts facade, such as the dramatic arched windows, have been meticulously restored. Direct, keyed elevator access opens into each loft.

Apartment 4S is a gorgeous 2,905 sq ft 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom loft offering unobstructed Hudson River views. It features classic cast-iron columns, original wood beams with iron brace-work, Appalachian white oak flooring, and exposed brick walls.

The chef’s kitchen offers an open layout with Shaker-style solid wood whitewashed cabinetry, grey Caesarstone countertops, cast iron farmhouse sink, and frosted glass subway tile backsplash. The stainless steel appliances include is a Liebherr dual side refrigerator and 56-bottle wine cooler, Wolfe 6-burner gas range, and Bosch dishwasher and microwave.

The more than 500 sqft master suite has two custom walk in closets, electric blackout shades, and five-piece master bath with radiant heated flooring, full-standing sink, and pedestal soaking tub. All three full baths feature Italian Carrara marble wall and floor tiling, and Waterworks fixtures.

The loft features a fully-equipped home gym with floor-to-ceiling mirrors and rubber flooring.

Amenities for The Spice Warehouse include an on-site super, 24-hour virtual doorman, rooftop deck, and private storage. 


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