632 Hudson Street, as spotted on Douglas Elliman, is an exquisite building with fascinating history, situated in the West Village, Meat Packing District, New York. In a class of its own stands this brilliant example of adaptive reuse, from sausage factory to palazzo, stunning in its intriguing complexity and fascinating in its alluring detail. This 8,000 square foot building comprises a sensational triplex with a central 40 foot atrium and a grand staircase and elevator leading up to a solarium and a magical roof garden, shaded by mature trees and flowering plants. Below the triplex, a charming bright floor through apartment replete with old world details high ceilings and a luxurious bathroom. It can be joined to the contiguous studio apartment next door. The pristinely renovated commercial ground floor overlooking lavish plantings offers a wide range of possibilities. Adjoining this floor below is a prohibition style licensed “speak easy”, well known in Event circles, and constantly rented.
Originally built in 1847 as a townhouse for the family of a sash maker, 632 Hudson Street was converted to a general store and produce market late in the 19th century by Hugh King. He operated an import business and general store, purveying fine whiskies, wines and brandies among other goods, and owned the buildings until the start of World War II. This particular owner left a clear imprint on the buildings; from across the street one can make out the faded letters of the words “fine whiskies and wine”, and “Hugh King 1881″ is visible on the pediment to this day. In the 1930′s, the building became home to an import export business and chorizo sausage factory, which it remained until 1992. Among the imports were Spanish nougat, guava products from Cuba, Canadian salt codfish, as well as rice and beans. Manufacturing mainly Spanish-style sausages such as sobrasada, butifarra and longoniza, the factory also produced Esteve brand olives, olive oil and capers.
In 1992, the current owner fell in love with the now derelict building and, with her mother, ended up purchasing it, determined to transform the vacant factory into a beautiful home. Whenever possible the original historical elements of the building have been preserved; old floorboards cleaned and treated and reused, beams and brick left exposed. In some cases it was necessary to get creative; the concrete of the “new” fireplace was rubbed by hand with coffee and mustard to give it an aged-by-time feel. The building is a never-ending labor of love for the owner, and for this reason it is full of fantasy, romance and imagination. Following the filming of The Real World’s 10th season within its walls, the owner took the opportunity to share her work with others, making the building available for photo and film shoots, celebratory events as well as for living. The personality and history of the building remain strong and ever-changing, growing with each new visitor.
This property is being sold for $22,000,000, from here.
This gorgeous weekend getaway residence has been designed by interior design firm Jamesthomas in Upstate New York. This dream home features rustic interiors mixed with rational elements to create a warm and cozy atmosphere for relaxing with family and friends for a weekend de-stressor from the daily work week.
Photos: Courtesy of Jamesthomas
The exquisite triplex penthouse atop Brooklyn’s iconic Clock Tower building, erected in 1915 on the DUMBO (District Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) waterfront, is one of the largest poured concrete buildings in Brooklyn, New York. What used to be a machine room for the clocks is now housing a 6,500 square foot penthouse apartment boasting a breathtaking quadrangular view of New York city. The custom kitchen, designed by Canova for a renovation by developer David Walentas, founder of Two Trees Management Company, embodies all the style and charm of Italian ingenuity. With Italian sense of aesthetics, the kitchen has been conceived both to perfectly suit a dream domus and to create a winning combination with the atmosphere of the four clocks. A provocative infusion where the kitchen stems out as a full-relief sculpture in the middle of this dream apartment. This penthouse was originally listed for $25 million in 2009, but was price-chopped down to $18 million by the Corcoran real estate team. If it sells, it would be one of the most expensive homes ever purchased in Brooklyn.
Some incredible features includes, solid rift quartered sawn 5-inch white oak plank floors; a custom glass-enclosed 3-story private elevator and architectural wraparound stairway.
The tower has four famous 14-foot-tall glass clocks encircling the apartment, offering one-of-a-kind 360-degree views.
A highlight to the home is the soaring ceilings, averaging between 16 and 50 feet high.
The entire penthouse measures at just under 7,000 square feet, so you would have tons of space for entertaining.
The home has 360-degree views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Here you can see both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
The kitchen was custom designed by Canova with white lacquer cabinets, and sandstone and stainless steel countertops.
It also has top-of-the-line appliances by Gaggenau and Sub-Zero.
The home has three spacious bedroom with private baths, but this one is an obvious favorite with its his-and-hers sinks and gorgeous soaking tub. The master suite will delight you with views of lower Manhattan.
The en-suite bath offers fabulous views of the Manhattan Bridge to the Statue of Liberty from your soaking tub.
Additional features includes a recreational space, sky roof cabana and open deck which also showcases views from The Verrazano Bridge to the Empire State Building.
Creek House is a weekend retreat for a family from Manhattan, designed by Studio MM, situated in Ulster County, New York. The architect had purchased 38 acres in the area with plans to design and build five custom homes; this one is the first completed. The contemporary 2,600 square foot, three bedroom, three bathroom split-level home is set within 7 acres of dense woods and undulating terrain, drawing on the privacy of the surrounding landscape to provide a peaceful escape from the intensity of the city. One side of the house is nestled into the hillside, minimizing the impact of the mass of the house on the site and taking advantage of the geothermal qualities of the earth. The opposite facade opens up at the edge of a steep slope to capture the view of the rushing stream 100 feet below. The goal for the design of the house is to maintain a functional yet modest floor plan that offers an open and spacious home for its users. To accomplish this, the living room, dining room and kitchen are designed as one interactive space with expansive exterior glass walls which open up to increase the living area of the home by almost double. Essentially, the outdoors becomes the living room. Plenty of sunlight with large windows on both floors facing toward the south contributes some passive solar heating in the winter, while the trees keep the house from overheating and relying on air conditioning by blocking the high summer sun.
The narrow widths of glass and vertical frames echo the trunks of the trees beyond.
The kitchen island is the main gathering space for family and guests. The architect specified a slab of Statuarietto marble for the kitchen counters, one of the main features of the house.
The kitchen features back-painted glass on the wall behind the stove and range hood. “The reflections in the glass from the indirect lighting above and the trees from the living room windows opposite create the feeling of a window even though the kitchen is along the wall which backs up to the earth,” states the architect.
Like the cedar outside, the wood flooring is treated for protection; these floors are solid oak with linseed oil. The deck’s wood flooring lets it read like a literal continuation of the floor from inside to outside.
Given that the house has bedrooms above the living space, one enters on the top and either turns left to head up a few steps to the master bedroom and second bedroom, or descends the stairs to the living area and guest bedroom.
Natural light comes in through a narrow window, placed so somebody taking a shower can see outside without being seen.
Photos: Paul Warchol
The Price/Sheetz Residence is an incredible loft home situated in TriBeCa, New York, designed by New York based studio A+I Design Corp. The spacious loft features 4,700 square feet of living space and was completely re-designed to create flow between two obviously separate East and West halves of the apartment, which was a result of combining two buildings in the past. The architect’s priority was to preserve the loft’s history as a warehouse, and later an artist’s studio by keeping and accentuating its inherent openness, large steel, material textures and exposed structure. To accentuate the exposed brick wall, a new staircase was cantilevered off of the structural element. The wall was extended up to the top of the stair and clad with re-used brick that had been recovered after demolishing another part of the home. A skylight was added above the stairway to draw in more light and a new outdoor roof terrace and garden was created. The kitchen and breakfast nook were re-located to the brightest area of the apartment where there were two large existing skylights, flooding the space with natural light.
It was important to separate public from private, however instead of hallways and closed doors, large sliding “partitions” allow for uninterrupted flow throughout the day, with option to screen off the children’s’ play area and family bedrooms. With 3 children and 2 dogs, it was critical to plan for ample storage throughout the apartment, custom built-in benches, credenzas and bookcases work well to keep clutter hidden while seamlessly integrating with surrounding finishes. In the children’s playroom a new lofted platform with ladders, trap doors and writable walls was designed for playing and storage, while child-friendly low ceiling spaces where they can explore, read and study under an existing skylight.
All of the new materials were selected to accentuate the authentic quality of the space enhancing with warm, rich natural finishes such as oiled old-growth walnut floors and cabinets, cold rolled steel stair and doors, earth tone tiles and bamboo counters. While the finishes feel high end, all of the tactile surfaces are child and pet friendly, durable and will develop in character as they age.
Photos: Magda Biernat
This incredible open loft space is situated in the Chelsea area of New York City, New York designed by Diego Alejandro Design. The modern interior of this 2,000+ square foot loft was designed for an advertising executive and incorporated his love for creativity through a bold, unexpected design. “I try to bring a different sensibility to each interior design project. I treat interiors as compositions — blending color, volumes, textures and lines — to create a space that is fresh, sophisticated and visually enjoyable”, states the designer.
Photos: ELK Studios
This stunning highrise apartment offers incredible skyline views in the West Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. Situated on the 24th floor, the home was designed by interior designer Drew McGukin, who used the view as a backdrop for his client’s (a young professional) modern design aesthetic. This was the client’s first home, so starting a collection of fabulous furnishings was high on her priority list. The designer focused on classic, quality pieces in neutral hues while bright accent colors in the fabrics and wallpaper helps to energize the space. The home is comprised of 1,110 square feet of living space with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The home was organized in a boxlike shape, so the floor plan was difficult to organize for livability. The designer extended the existing kitchen, adding cabinetry and changing existing cabinetry with darker lacquered panels. This helped to define the kitchen space and dining areas, while still allowing the great room to feel open and airy. Tailored hardwood flooring gave the home more of custom feel. Even though most of the furniture selections were neutral, the designer spiced things up with colorfully patterned pillows, turquoise chairs and contemporary wall treatments.
The enormous windows provide plenty of natural light, so solar shades were a must. Chandeliers, table lamps and floor lamps are layered with the natural lighting.
The designer installed a Murphy bed in the office wall so it can double as a guest bedroom. Wheels on the desk, designed by McGukin, allow it to be moved easily.
The textural grass cloth wall covering echos the same feel of the rich carpet and the bench at the foot of the bed. Soft blue bedding ties in the beautiful skyline view and adds a touch of color.
Photos: Brett Beyer Photography
The Riverhouse apartment embodies the idea of luxury and eco-friendly living in New York City designed by Thom Filicia. The LEED certified Riverhouse is a luxury high-rise that overlooks Battery Park and probably one of New York City’s “greenest” buildings. The condo is comprised of 2,500 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The entire apartment was conceptualized for empty-nesters and designed using environmentally friendly, sustainable materials such as natural fiber fabrics, FSC-certified woods, low-voc paints and wall paper glues, recycled objects and of course, antiques. Filicia designed the space to be beautiful and livable, proving that you don’t have to sacrifice style to design green.
In the living room above, the rug is made from vintage kilm runners and cut up felt. The green glass lamp is made from recycled wine bottles and the telescope in the corner is vintage.
The apartment features a fairly neutral color palette infused with organic earth tones and rich, natural textures such as the biodegradeable grasscloth wallpaper that you see throughout the space. There are a few bright spots though, such as the yellow sofa pictured here. The dining table features a paperstone tabletop and a FSC certified wood base wrapped in recycled zinc panels. The chandelier above is made from recycled jet airplane parts and the floor lamp is made from recycled plumbing parts.
The guest room walls are covered in wood pulp wallpaper with eco-friendly metallic detail. The bedside tables are made from old sewing machine stands, the lamp base is unglazed ceramic and all of the bedding is eco-friendly.
The orange bedside tables are linen sealed with a water-based lacquer. The table lamp was made from old ship’s chain. The sheets are made of naturally sustainable bamboo and even the Ecobamboo mattress, made by Magniflex, are environmentally friendly.
Many of the furnishings in the apartment were custom, such as this sectional sofa in the library which has a FSC certified birch plywood frame and cushions made of organic latex. The coffee table on the left is made from recycled aluminum.
Photos: Courtesy of Thom Filicia
Located on Mercer Street in SoHo, New York, this incredible loft designed by David Howell Design is situated on a lower floor which has little natural light. A partial height feature wall serves a dual purpose: creating a subtle but distinct transition from public to private and bringing natural light and air into the private spaces. The design marries classic historical elements with clean modern elements, retaining original details and celebrating imperfections. These include tin ceilings, stripped cast iron columns, original floors and window casings. The owner sought to create an eclectic environment based on found objects and art. Collaboration with other artists was integral to the process so the finished product has more than one author.
Photos: Bjorg Magnea
Upper East Side Carriage House was designed by David Howell Design in conjunction with interior design firm Eve Robinson Associates in New York. Originally designed by Delano and Aldrich in 1917, this building served as carriage house to the William and Dorothy Straight mansion several blocks away. With practically no original detail, this relatively humble structure was reconfigured into something more befitting the client’s needs. To convert it for a single family, interior floor plates were carved away to form two elegant double height spaces. The front facade was modified to express the grandness of the new interior. A beautiful new rear garden was formed by the demolition of an overbuilt addition. The entire rear facade was removed and replaced. A full floor was added to the roof, and a newly configured stair core incorporated an elevator.
Photos: Peter Margonelli