A Private Park Atop Your Own Penthouse – 49 Murray Street

This Murray Street tri-level penthouse in the middle of Tribeca checks all the boxes.  In the opening sentence of the broker’s description, the words “unprecedented,” “spectacular,” and “exceptional” are used to describe this one-of-a-kind showplace.  Our personal opinion is that the broker was underselling it.

Perched atop a mid-19th century Italianate loft building, this 4,600 square foot condo residence offers commanding space both inside and out.  Renovated in a streamlined contemporary style, the loft offers clean lines, open rooms and a joie de vivre serenity throughout. Depending on your needs, you can utilize the space as either a four or five bedroom home. There are 4.5 baths.

The Murray House Condominium at 49 Murray Street falls within the Tribeca Historic District and sits amidst a row of like-kind buildings.  Built in 1858, the building was converted to condominium use in 2005. It contains just three residences and has a ground-floor retail tenant.

Upon entering the main level via a keyed elevator, one is greeted by a spacious sitting room with gas fireplace, double-height ceiling and overhead skylight.  The centerpiece of the apartment is the floating glass and steel staircase that splits the floor between the front room and the great room which includes an open kitchen, dining and living areas.  The great room spans almost 35 feet in length and invites you to indulge at the stunning kitchen island either for food or for thought. At the end of the floor, hidden behind a custom wall of builtins, is a configuration of three bedrooms and a single full bath.  This arrangement is perfect for a growing family.

The apartment is awash in light.  Oversized windows and multiple skylights let the sun shine in.  Ceiling heights of 11 feet coupled with light oak wide plank floors add to the calming aesthetic of this rambling space.

Up the floating stairs and you arrive at the master bedroom suite, flanked by north and south-facing terraces.  There is a five-fixture bath with a walk-in steam shower, a small den for a nighttime read and a huge custom walk-in closet measuring some 29 feet in length.  

With two huge terraces, one might ask why one needs yet another outdoor space.  But once you climb the spiral stair from the master suite and you gaze upon this private outdoor oasis, you say, “hell yea.”  Frankly, it’s more of a park (measuring 23 x 45) than it is a roof terrace. There is a turf lawn surrounded by decking, an irrigation system, a covered dining area complete with Viking grill and refrigerator.  Along the perimeter there is a tall wooden wall with elevated planters that provide additional greenery as well as privacy. Sweeping city views, including a front and center perspective of 56 Leonard Street, the jenga building, round out this magical urban playpen.

The lower floor of the triplex, which is only a half floor, also enjoys direct elevator access.  This is the informal level of this grand apartment, offering both a playroom and a theatre room for the restless.  The floor also contains a maid’s room, large storage closet, laundry room and two full baths.

And of course there is more.  Modern features include Central HVAC, a Sonos sound system, security with cameras and a custom lighting system that runs throughout the home.  There is an 1,100 SF storage space that transfers with the residence.

Now that we have your attention, we might as well let you know that the asking price for this spectacular apartment is $7,850,000.  The monthly charges are north of $4300. It is available through Danny Davis, Lisa Resnick and Lisa Balbuena of Corcoran. For more details on this property, visit Linecity.com.

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