While lofts are often vast and cavernous by their very nature–most are former warehouses and factories after all–at 5,200 square feet this sprawling space at 514 Broadway in Soho–currently on the market for $4.995 million–is large even by those big-shouldered standards. We’re guessing two units were combined at some point, and since you’re officially allowed to do business here, we can imagine a buzzing hive of innovation, with more than enough room left over for leaving work behind. According to records, former Tiananmen Square activist and student leader during the 1989 protests and current tech mogul Shen Tong purchased the loft for $2.9 million in 2004, which is also when he founded software company VFinity. The avid art collector’s office is listed at this address, and we’re guessing he’s lived here with his wife and three children during that time.
For what it’s worth, Shen hasn’t abandoned the good fight; he has been involved in Occupy Wall Street and other causes and pursues social entrepreneurship via his buzzed-about current company Food Future Co. Located right in the center of Soho, we can see how this full-floor loft could easily function as a do-it-all address. 16-foot ceilings easily impress clients and party guests, and as with most lofts, the space awaits customization to your needs.
The apartment is currently set up with three bedrooms and three baths split between the main floor and a lofted mezzanine level. Once you arrive via a direct key-lock elevator, it’s quiet as a fortress inside. Classic historic details include exposed brick walls and cast iron columns.
From the modern downtown apartment side we get an open, custom-designed kitchen (with an island/bar the size of a diner’s lunch counter), hardwood floors, central air conditioning, laundry facilities in the building and abundant closets.
The master bedroom and bath are oversized, and it appears that even the kids get their own office.
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Neighborhoods : Soho