Live in a Swanky Former East Village Synagogue for $30K a Month

Posted On Fri, April 22, 2016 By

Posted On Fri, April 22, 2016 By In Cool Listings, East Village, Interiors, Quirky Homes

Just in time for Passover, this historic East Village synagogue turned residence has reappeared on the rental market. Known as the 8th Street Shul, there was a long battle to keep the building preserved as a synagogue after it was damaged by a fire in 1982. Ultimately, the building, at 317 East 8th Street, was turned over to real estate interests and converted into a single-family luxury home. It’s been on the rental market before, asking $25,000 a month, and now it’s back at a higher price.

317 east 8th street, loft, rental, east village

The conversion was done in 2005 by the designers behind the Ian Schrager Hotels. It’s configured as a lofty four-story townhouse with three bedrooms and three outdoor terraces. And although it’s been more or less decked out with luxurious finishes, the custom-made windows — which include the Star of David — are exact replicas from when the building was a synagogue.

The living room, with its 22-foot ceilings and walls of exposed brick and wood, was designed for worshiping artwork. The cantilever balcony even has “a built-in projector for showcasing art,” according to the listing.

317 east 8th street, kitchen

317 east 8th street, dining room

The living room leads back to a kitchen with a 20-foot island, floor-to-ceiling custom-built cabinets and a wine cooler. Beyond the kitchen is the formal dining room. Here, a restored 19th century backlit Star of David sits along the dining terrace beyond the glass and steel windows.

317 east 8th street, office, east village

The third story holds a library with floor-to-ceiling wood bookshelves, an Italian marble fireplace and a wet bar. There are also two guest bedrooms with built-in stereo speakers on this floor.

317 east 8th street, bedroom, rental

317 east 8th street, bathroom

One floor up, a floor-to-ceiling glass hallway leads to the master bedroom with its own fireplace, walk-in closet, and master bathroom, which is completely decked out with a Jacuzzi tub, walk-in shower and rain shower.

317 east 8th street, deck, rental, east village

317 east 8th street, patio, terrace, outdoors

317 east 8th street, patio, terrace, outdoors

The home is teeming with outdoor space, which is separated from the apartment by floor-to-ceiling glass. The terrace off the master suite has a hot tub that fits eight. Or you could take a glass staircase up (so much glass!) to the top floor lounge/media room/terrace. The roof terrace has its own planters, copper rainspouts, a custom sound system and security cameras. Like all the furniture in this chic pad? Good, because it’s only being offered as a two-month furnished rental for those interested in living inside a house of worship gone luxe.

[Listing: 317 East 8th Street by Vladimir Luzader for Town Residential]


Photos courtesy of Town Residential

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Neighborhoods : East Village



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