Back in the 20th century, before luxury loft condos were a thing, artists, heiresses and the adventurous lived large in city lofts, and while the artists needed the square footage for living and working, others enjoyed the idea of carving out living areas in a cavernous open space with ceilings so high you almost couldn’t see them, and windows almost as big. It was a world of (private) freight elevators and DIY kitchens (the look of which today’s high end kitchens emulate).
This Flatiron loft at 10 East 18th Street offers a hangar-esque 2,700 square feet of living space accessed by private keyed elevator; exposed brick walls are lined with oversized windows and there are plenty of custom-built luxuries that are more professionally-crafted than DIY; though there’s no floor plan, it’s listed as having two bedrooms and 2.5 baths. There are also more modern comforts than you’d find in an old-school loft, such as a wine cooler, central air and a Bosch washer-dryer–and there’s a totally 21st century price tag of $14,000 a month.
Hardwood floors are pristine, windows are new and oversized (with exposures on three sides) and ceilings soar to 12 feet. A contemporary renovated kitchen is a nod to the loft look, and features high-end appliances including a Miele dishwasher, NXR 5-range stovetop and a wine cooler with plenty of countertop and cabinet space. There are two bedrooms and 2.5 baths–there are no pictures of the second bedroom though we can see a pair of handy built-in loft beds for stashing the kids (or guests who like a good climb).
With almost 3,000 square feet to work with, there’s plenty of space to configure as you wish, and what looks to be quite a collection of versatile furniture just waiting to be rearranged into sitting, lounging, working and billiards-playing space. The master bedroom features a big walk-in closet and dressing area.
An en-suite bathroom offers a shower, a soaking tub, and the rarely-seen personal sauna–so you can channel the charm of late-20th century loft living without sacrificing your daily spa routine.
This boutique condominium building is in one of downtown Manhattan’s most exciting districts, steps from Union Square with its park and Greenmarket, the shops and restaurants of the West Village, NoMad, Chelsea and all major public transportation.
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Images courtesy of Sotheby’s