This sensational fifth floor Prince Street loft, spotted on Sotheby’s, is located in the SoHo district of New York City, New York. Featuring plenty of incredible details in the newly renovated 2,500 square foot loft, including six gorgeous wood-framed windows offering an abundance of natural light in the open plan living room, cast iron columns, exposed brick and wood beams. The living room boasts 11’+/- ceilings, an Eco Smart Fireplace and fully integrated audio/visual system including a 103” drop down projector screen. The kitchen is fit for a chef and replete with custom stainless counters, cherry wood cabinets, and top tier professional appliances ranging from SubZero to Wolf, Fisher Paykel to Miele.
The luxurious master bedroom has a walk-in closet and en suite bath featuring floor to ceiling Limestone, Neptune soaking tub, Koehler fittings and a large glass enclosed shower. The residence includes three-four bedrooms, two baths and media room with custom Murphy bed. The home also offers abundant storage, private laundry room, and 2-zone central air. There is a common roof deck and private storage within this intimate 5-unit Cast Iron landmarked building.
This sensational loft could be all yours, listed for sale at $4,650,000, from here.
Lodgepole Retreat is a Rocky Mountain, Colorado getaway designed by Arch11, taking its simple form as a modern response to simple mining structures of the area. The single roof plane efficiently manages the snowfall at 9000’ above sea level while serving as a platform for the 10kw photovoltaic system that, along with an electric boiler, an air to air heat exchanger, and LED lighting, allows this 2,200 square foot house to operate at net zero energy use each year. An open-plan, glass-enclosed great room gives the sense of living in the out of doors while each private space offers carefully-framed views of specific parts of the alpine setting. All construction assemblies and materials are designed to meet the strictest fire-resistant codes.
What started as an intimate 2 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath cabin for a Colorado couple and their grown children, grew to 3 bedrooms and 3 baths when they began to consider space for their grandchildren. The couple had owned the property for years-spending weekends there as their two children grew from toddlers to teens. A 1960’s-era stone cabin sufficed, until the pair decided they wanted something more enduring. Having previously seen an Arch11-designed house, the couple decided they wanted a contemporary cabin. The homeowner’s wish was for unobstructed views of the majestic Rocky Mountains that surround the site. The pristine setting includes a 30 acre meadow and high alpine forests, which suggested for a design solution that should be as light on the land as possible. So light, that the owners wanted to get as close to net- zero as possible and be nearly maintenance free as well.
The living plane is elevated above the ground on a poured-in place concrete pedestal to heighten the experience of floating above the meadow. Floor to ceiling glass offers occupants an almost cinematic experience of the diurnal rhythm of the earth.
Sustainable features: Energy model was net-zero energy use, High performance, triple-pane glazing 10 kw solar array, Solar thermal system, Electric boiler with ceramic storage for radiant heat system, Natural ventilation, Large overhangs for shading, Concrete with fly-ash content, FSC-certified lumber, Formaldehyde free cabinets, Energy Star appliances, LED lighting.
Photos: Raul Garcia
This sprawling pre-war condo loft spotted on Elliman is rustic and chic, situated in Soho, New York. This incredible home is comprised of more than 4,100 square feet of architecturally-handsome space. Accessed directly via private elevator, enter through an intimate foyer into an expansive living room, beautifully illuminated from the east by a shimmering wall of industrial-style, over-sized windows. Outfitted with exposed brick walls, original wooden columns, and a gas fireplace, the loft features high ceilings, hardwood floors, and authentic structural details. The open chef’s kitchen, overlooking the living and dining areas, is outfitted with top of line stainless steel appliances, including dual Sub-Zero refrigerators, separate wine cooler, double ovens and a vented cooktop. The baths are newly renovated and spacious. The master is a retreat unto itself with an enormous dressing room and spa-like bathroom, complete with double sinks, separate shower, soaking tub, and water closet. A separate laundry room and abundant storage space complete the package. 30 Crosby is a 7 story 13 unit Condo built in 1890. The building features a 24-hour doorman, elevator, and an exquisite wine-room on the lower level.
Impressive yet cozy, and irresistibly charming, this luxury loft is located on one of Soho’s most enchanting and conveniently located streets, listed for sale at $8,950,000, from here.
Granite outcrops, steep slopes and spectacular views define the form of the Sunshine Canyon House in Boulder, Colorado designed by Renée Del Gaudio Architecture, completed in 2012. Two linear volumes are stacked and crossed, reaching out to mountain views to the south, and city lights to the east. Sliding barn doors and a gabled roof tap into the forms and materials of nearby historic barns. Colorado’s vernacular style combines with the clean lines of modernism.
The 2,600 square foot building is responsive and adaptive to its environment. It addresses the topography, wind and light patterns, and the movement of the sun. Rolling barn door shutters close down the house from the cold and wind at night and open it up to the views and sun of the day. A 3.6kW solar array produces 100% of the home’s electric needs. An open floor plan allows daylight and breezes to naturally filter through all sides of the three bedroom, three bathroom home.
Exposed beams, rusted steel cladding, and industrial-size barn doors visually link the home to the community’s rural roots, but principally serve to create a fire- resistant, maintenance-free structure. Corten steel complements the landscape as it ages with a weathered, natural patina. The 2010 forest fires above Boulder, Colorado ravaged this property and burned down a cherished wood cabin. In the cabin’s place is now a smart, spirited house that connects to the past and looks towards the future.
Photos: Dana Miller
This decaying mid century modern home in Berkeley Hills, California home was remodeled and restored by YamaMar Design. Built in the 1960s of redwood siding and concrete block, the home was weathered and rotting, with a black, decayed pond in the courtyard. It was dark and dingy and falling apart. The homeowner, Derek Holley, lived in faraway place such as Berlin, Tuscany and Manila (where he made a fortune in the call center business) and wished for a place for his family to call home. The owners split their residency between an apartment in Siena, Italy and the US and wanted their home to reflect true California living. Despite the obvious cosmetic challenges, the 2,700 square foot home was structurally sound. It had a wonderful open floor plan and the interior was filled with old-growth redwood shelving and paneling that could be repurposed in the remodel. The home boasted uninterrupted views of the Bay Area and Golden Gate Bridge from two levels, the main living level and the bedroom level below.
Living lightly on the land was very important to the Holley family, who are both active outdoor types that have few possessions and low carbon footprints, they wished for simplicity. They wished to reuse as much of the house as possible, a home that reflected sustainability and style. A mix of modern minimalism and earthy and warm. The renovation includes a voluntary seismic upgrade, envelope and energy efficiency upgrades, and enhanced daylight and panoramic views. A new landscaped entry courtyard creates a wind sheltered entertaining space and garden. Interior plan changes include a new en-suite master bath, and expanded stairwell as well as a home gym and bicycle storage for Derek who is an avid bicyclist. NanaWall doors spanning the width of the house allow seamless flow from inside to out, and railings are designed to be visually quite. A restored redwood wall anchors the design and creates a new heart for the lightened interior.
Photos: Bruce Damonte
This stylish avant-garde home with a rustic stone interior in Goa, India, is designed to maintain an uninterrupted flow with its lush surroundings. Perched on a slope amongst tall tropical trees, the contemporary open plan home is the perfect getaway from the crowds and usual distractions of modern life. Comprised of 4,500 square feet of living space, there are four bedrooms and four bathrooms, three bedrooms being in the main house (the fourth is in the pool pavilion). All four bedrooms are open on two sides, have teak wood doors and polished cement floors. The three bedrooms in the main house also have basalt walls. The design of the home incorporates the latest in green building concepts, and uses natural and recycled materials wherever possible, with an emphasis on sourcing locally to reduce its carbon foot print.
The home has been finished in stone and Burmese and African teak wood, and contemporary furnishings, designed to be resistant to temperature change so as to maintain the ambient temperature inside. The house provides a high level of luxury and comfort to its occupants. Furthermore, the architecture of the house maximizes daylight and cross ventilation, thus reducing the need for artificial lighting and mechanical cooling. The front of the property offers an expansive pool, deck and pool pavilion. There is also a terrace at the top of the house with a rooftop lawn and space for al fresco dining with open views of the picturesque countryside.
This fabulous property is listed for sale at $740,000, from here.
A swimming pool in front of the main house uses rainwater stored in a 60,000 liters water tank, which is also used for the garden.
The pool pavilion serves as an area for entertaining during the day and a guest bedroom at night. There’s a staff area with two bedrooms and a bathroom below the pavilion.
The open design allows an unobstructed flow of air and natural lighting. Little artificial lighting or air conditioning is needed.
A covered verandah provides additional shade to the room while extending the indoor space outdoors.
. The central room in the house is the living-cum-dining area that is furnished with an eclectic mix of contemporary and period pieces, an impressive double height space with 17 foot high ceilings designed to be completely open on two sides allowing an unobstructed flow to and from the surrounding gardens.
On the upper level is the master bedroom suite that is accessed via a steel and wood staircase that goes all the way up to the terrace.
A balcony off the master bedroom offers an expansive view, including a river and an old whitewashed church.
The master bathroom includes an outdoor area with basins made by a local artist.
Fourteen trees originally on the land, including tamarind and mango, were preserved.
This stunning home of expatriates Xavier and Carine Huyberechts is situated in Johannesburg, South Africa. Xavier is an architect with GLH & Associates Architects, who designed the family’s dream home, which was originally in a derelict state when they got it. There was a magic of the place, and they immediately fell in love. The home was built from scratch, full of grandeur in stateliness, intimacy in small spaces and charm in minimalism. The home possesses a quiet majesty in its open-plan, double-volume living room that seems to blend into the rolling garden, blurring the boundaries between indoors and outdoors. There is a soothing uniformity of the all-white color scheme, anchored by warm woods and brightened by the art-filled walls. The architect demonstrates a minimalist aesthetic throughout with rich and seamless tapestry of cultures that define , without pigeonholing, the house’s residents.
On the ground floor, the rooms flow into each other effortlessly, and striking art from the likes of William Kentridge, Kendell Geers and Marco Cianfanelli, as well as Xavier’s own impressive efforts, punctuate the walls and give the house a shot of color. The same sense of restraint in design, coupled with exuberance in art, continues upstairs, where the bedrooms are, with the master suite connected to the children’s and guest rooms by a raw steel and wire walkway that cleverly echoes a suspension bridge.
Despite the crisp minimalism that prevails, this is a house with a nostalgic and sentimental heart. For instance, above the bathtub in the master bathroom are two plaster casts of Carine’s torso while pregnant with their son, Kwame, and daughter, Almaz, reminiscent of primitive African fertility sculptures.
Photos: Elsa Young
Parkwood Road Residence was designed by architecture studio Charles Cudd De Novo with interior selections and furnishings by Martha O’Hara Interiors in Edina, Minnesota. The home was designed for a corporate power-couple accustomed to hosting events for hundreds as well as intimate affairs for a few. The goals for this home-build were straightforward, create a formal, traditional home with a contemporary aesthetic that conveys sophistication and taste and a storage system that keeps clutter at bay and to create a suitable multi-room living space within the main floor that includes a kitchen, family room and dining area.
The floor plan had to have an easy flow during large events and offer intimate spaces for small dinners. The homeowner’s daily living needs were also addressed by creating a dedicated family area off of the kitchen, a hotel-like retreat for the homeowners and a warm color palette that eschews the use of golden or brown neutrals. Because this husband and wife maintained their home diligently and prized tasteful luxury, they wanted their daily living area to include features that might not seem practical for most people but would suit them perfectly. The designers found themselves challenged to rethink the very idea of practicality, while also looking for creative storage solutions in an open floor plan, where clutter was unwelcome.
Photos: Troy Thies
This stunning Grant Creek Residence is nestled into a wooded hillside on a seven-acre property just outside Missoula, Montana. Designed by Heliotrope Architects for an active young family, the house is a wood frame, cedar clad building oriented to minimize exposure to inclement weather from the north and maximize solar gain and views south across a larch covered hillside. A single, continuous copper shed roof shelters the 6,000 square foot building. Primary living spaces are located on the upper floor with sleeping, recreation and service functions below, partially submerged below grade, and open towards the creek, the pool and the spa. An open plan and ample natural light nurtures the modern family lifestyle through all seasons. A “tatami-box” inserted into the living room re-conceives the dining experience and pays homage to the client’s period of residence in Japan.
Photos: Lara Swimmer
This spectacular three bedroom loft apartment spotted on ESNY is located in the heart of the beautiful neighborhood of Östermalm, Sweden. The apartment features top of the line renovations and a great floor plan with soaring ceilings, plenty of natural light and fantastic social and living areas perfect for social gatherings and entertainment. A spacious master bedroom retreat comes complete with en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet. There is also a fabulous kitchen with exclusive materials and appliances, and a cozy private terrace from where you can enjoy spectacular views of Stockholm´s city skyline.