Actor Anthony Rapp’s Noho loft studio, bought with ‘Rent’ money, is now asking $1.95M
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Actor Anthony Rapp’s Noho loft studio, bought with ‘Rent’ money, is now asking $1.95M

October 26, 2021

Photo credit: Stephanie Powell, MW Studios for Sotheby’s International Realty

This classic loft studio in the landmarked building at 1 Bond Street was, for 23 years, the home of actor Anthony Rapp, who played the leading role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway hit “Rent,” as well as in the film version. The actor, who had lived in an East Village walk-up much like the ones featured in the play, purchased the downtown loft 23 years ago for $375,000 saved from his burgeoning acting career. The 1,250 square-foot second-floor studio–with beautifully designed custom renovations added by Rapp over the years–is now asking $1.95 million.

Rapp moved to a new luxury development in his first NYC neighborhood, the East Village, leaving loft life behind, but the Noho space has retained its charm. In addition to lovingly restored original details, the loft bones of this former factory floor make it instantly recognizable as a part of downtown Manhattan’s history. Ceilings soar to twelve-and-a-half feet above original knotted pine hardwood flooring, accented in places by restored tin and Corinthian columns.

A spacious living room invites loft lounging. There’s plenty of room for entertaining, with an adjacent open kitchen and dining area. The industrial feel of exposed pipes and steel ceiling fans is offset by pale grey walls.

The open-plan kitchen doesn’t skimp on sophistication with glass-fronted mahogany cabinets and textural granite countertops. An arsenal of chef’s tools includes a Viking range and a Subzero refrigerator.

The private separate sleeping area is king-size-friendly with tons of custom storage crafted of wood and iron. A generously sized bath features an original claw-foot soaking tub and marine-hued Ann Sacks mosaic tiles.

A charming home office boasts a reading nook with ten-foot-high casement windows overlooking the cobblestones of Bond Street below. This flexible and unique space becomes the perfect Manhattan loft nook with the help of a one-of-a-kind reclaimed wooden wall commissioned by contemporary artist Michelle Peterson-Albansoz.

The iconic cast-iron pre-war building–known as the Robbins & Appleton Building–is part of the Noho Historic District. Originally completed in 1880 as the headquarters of the American Waltham Watch Company, the building is now home to 19 luxury condominium residences.

[Listing Details: 1 Bond Street, 2A at CityRealty]

[At Sotheby’s International Realty by Kristi Ambrosetti]

Photo credit: Stephanie Powell, MW Studios for Sotheby’s International Realty

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