Back in the ’60s and ’70s, pretty much every Soho loft doubled as an art studio. Artists fought successfully to legally convert the former manufacturing buildings into live/work lofts, and today there’s still a special zoning resolution that permits the use of former industrial spaces as homes only if the resident is an artist certified by the city. That zoning rule is often ignored, and with Soho lofts priced into the millions, you don’t see many left that include studios. But this one, which occupies the entire second floor of 123 Prince Street, is the exception–at least when it comes to the art studio. (The price, of course, is high, at $3.125 million.) The open apartment has been built out with a lofted bedroom, office, studio space and mini bar.
You exit the elevator directly into the apartment. Once inside, this unit passes all the requirements of a loft: 13-foot ceilings, the original wood floors, exposed brick that’s been painted white, and big windows that look down on the surrounding historic district.
We love that mini bar (with a wine rack underneath) built in the open dining room! A galley kitchen that’s got some exposed brick detailing is located right off the dining area.
At the other end of the apartment, a large, lofty studio awaits. It really exemplifies what made Soho such an appealing neighborhood for artists — tons of wall space to hang artwork and huge windows that bring in tons of light.
There are nooks and crannies throughout the space, with a sitting room, a lofted office, lofted master bedroom and “guest” loft. There are also lots of built-in storage options.
Here’s a look at the cozy lofted bedroom, which looks down onto the rest of the apartment from some windows. Lofted bedrooms and an art space? It feels like the Soho of the past, besides that sky-high price tag.
[Via City Realty]
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Photos courtesy of Halstead
Neighborhoods : Soho