Soaring ceilings, open layouts, historic flair and, often, quirky floor plans: loft living has a romantic appeal for many New Yorkers. These three lofts trace their roots to a soap factory, a turn-of-the-century department store and a babka bakery.
67 E. 11th St., #515, Greenwich Village
Studio loft/1 Bath
Approximately 600 square feet (including loft space)
Open House: Sunday, April 6, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Lowdown: This bright, south-facing unit sits in the former home of the McCreery Dry Goods Store, a cast iron landmark built in 1868 and noteworthy for being the first residential conversion of a cast iron loft building, Halstead’s Barak Dunayer said.
“This is about owning a piece of history,” he said of the doorman co-op, established in 1973.
Locals fought to save the building when a developer planned to tear it down for apartments, according to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.
Besides enormous arched windows and exposed brick walls, an original cast iron column graces the apartment’s foyer, which “some people go crazy for,” Dunayer said, “because they see the history right in their face when they walk in.”
The current owner, who has lived in the unit since the building first went residential, never upgraded the kitchen or bathroom. But there is a new heating and cooling system, Dunayer noted.
The home has 14-foot ceilings except for the lofted sleeping area, which is only 5-feet-8-inches-tall.
“It’s not a bedroom; it’s a sleeping area,” Dunayer emphasized, adding. “If it was another foot [taller], the place would cost $850,000.”
Location: The building, between University Place and Broadway, is in a prime spot, steps from Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, the Strand Book Store and Union Square’s transportation hub.
Why put it on your open house calendar? Though the kitchen needs a renovation, Dunayer said, “Anybody can do a kitchen. But to be in this location, in a historic building, it doesn’t get much better.”
Friday, April 04, 2014