The listing for this sprawling and spectacular loft at 44 Laight Street in Tribeca is loaded with hyperbole, but in this case we can pretty much see why. We’re not sure if it’s a “mysterious nexus of art, history, whimsy and amazing craftsmanship where to think of living there was to reduce the miraculous to the mundane,” but as far as loft condos go, it’s a pretty fly pad. Starting with a private entrance and private indoor parking space, the three bedrooms and remarkable living spaces in this landmarked Grabler Building home are definitely worth a look.
The loft’s original cast iron columns with wood architraves do, indeed, direct our gaze to the almost-12-foot-ceilings.
How often do you see a custom engineered catwalk that leads to a glass-enclosed media room and billiard room? A wall of original brick from 1896 anchors the space in history, if not reality. A steel ramp floor in the billiard room and leather flooring with stainless steel nail heads in the media room do nothing to spoil the fantasy.
The loft’s kitchen is a different kind of Nirvana for anyone who cooks or entertains. Silvered Siberian floors from Moscow keep it unreal, while a Wolf range and glass fronted subzero refrigerator get the job done, and designer lighting bathes it all in a celestial glow. Rift oak millwork on the family-size island provides contrast to four-inch stained white oak floors. Custom up-lights embedded in the flooring put artworks and general fabulousness throughout the home on a virtual stage .
An expansive master bedroom is anchored by a large back wall of blackened steel.
Fully operable skylights let the heavens in above a glass enclosed shower with a portal to the outdoors, a tandem tub makes bathing “a time of Elysian peace,” and double sinks and radiant heated floors with 200 year old reclaimed Tibetan pavers come as absolutely no surprise.
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Images courtesy of Sotheby’s.
Neighborhoods : Tribeca