We’d figure that a large and lovely townhouse on a prime Soho block would have a hefty price tag just by virtue of its location; this four-story, 20-foot-wide-by-100-foot-deep home is no exception. But for your $16.3 million, you’re getting an 1832 house that, after a three-year gut renovation, achieves a rare level of near-perfection.
The couple who purchased the house at at 27 Vandam Street from revered choreographer Paul Taylor in 2009 for a (relatively) mere 3.3 million reconfigured what was at the time four apartments into one grand single-family residence while retaining its historic character. The result: Every detail–and there are many–in this home is state-of-the-art and every inch has been custom-designed for maximum comfort, convenience and peerless good looks.
On four stories there are five bedrooms, four baths, a rear garden perfect for outdoor entertaining, a private master bedroom terrace and a glass wall that overlooks the aforementioned garden. Mechanicals and heating/cooling have been updated to the latest and greatest high-tech options. And it would be tough to top this prime Soho location for anyone looking to be in the heart of downtown Manhattan living.
Enter on the parlor floor across an elegant foyer with an antique checkerboard-patterned marble floor. High ceilings, restored plaster moldings and an original brick-and-marble fireplace are just a few of the high notes here.
The dining room offers a wet bar, a wine cooler and a pass-through window to the kitchen, where the counters and center island are clad in Calacatta Regina white marble. Through a French door is the stairway down to the garden, where there’s a teak-and-stainless summer kitchen.
Downstairs at the garden level you’ll find a bedroom suite and a media room, each with a fireplace, and a large library that opens onto the garden from a wall of glass.
Most of the third floor is occupied by the master suite, which in addition to the bedroom boasts an impressively-sized dressing room, a sumptuous master bath with an original marble fireplace and another bedroom (or sitting room if you’re not sleepy).
Just off the master bedroom is a private terrace with bluestone pavers and a custom Japanese ofuro soaking tub and Jacuzzi.
The fourth floor has two bedrooms, each with a skylight and a bathroom.
The back yard is–as mentioned–landscaped, with a pond and an outdoor kitchen finished in teak with an outdoor grill, refrigerator and sink. The house’s roof is copper, and the rebuilt staircase still has its (restored) wooden banister.
A finished skylit recreation studio with ceilings over 11 feet is on the home’s lowest level; what looks like a glass floor along a wall in the garden is actually this trio of skylights.
An exhaustive list of luxury materials and sophisticated home conveniences includes items like wormy chestnut (rustic reclaimed wood whose ravages from a past century’s blight and bugs have made it fashionable in the current one) wide-plank floors, custom butternut millwork, Dornbracht fixtures, a new copper roof, insulated double-hung wood windows, new cast-iron and copper piping and a completely rebuilt steel staircase with wood treads.
On the technology side we have a Control4 home automation system for the audio and video, a seven-zone split Mitsubishi cooling and heating system, radiant hydronic in-floor heating, perimeter hot water Runtal radiators, a Lutron lighting system, a Tensui whole house water filtration system and an intercom and security system. Outdoor areas have automatic watering and lighting.
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Images courtesy of Corcoran Group.
Neighborhoods : Soho