Celebrity Rental in Prime Soho – 56 Crosby Street, Apt 2A

If I had to pick a single apartment in which to self-quarantine, this Soho duplex loft may just be the one.

56 Crosby Street is the quintessential celebrity loft located in the heart of the Soho Cast Iron Historic District.  Situated between Broome Street and Spring Street, this historic six-story structure dates back to the late 19th century when it served as a dry goods emporium.  Today, it’s home to nine condominium residences and two retail stores: the ever popular Broken English jewelry boutique and the stateside flagship store for the British clothing brand, AllSaints.   

Apartment 2-A (I feel uneasy calling this living space an apartment) shares the floor with just one other loft, measuring some 4000 square of pure enchantment.  With an eclectic mix of original charm with contemporary flair, this wondrous home scores at every turn.  

The enormity of the space, enhanced with soaring 16-foot high ceilings, four floor-to-ceiling windows and endless walls of exposed brick, knows no bounds.  One enters the great room through an extended entry gallery, more than 50 feet in length, with opposite walls of brick and Venetian plaster. The walk is well worth the wait.

The great room, while massive in scale, is divinely separated into multiple living spaces.  As you enter the room, it is at first difficult to absorb the array of architectural elements that coexist in this one-of-a-kind space.  Your mind races from one visual to another, like a ball ricocheting at warp speed inside a pinball machine. 

At first take, we encounter the lofted glass mezzanine that floats above the dining area and stretches 35 feet along the side wall. More than anything, it’s a talking point.  But it’s part of what makes this apartment so great. The question is not why, but why not? 

The dining area adjoins the living room, the focal point of the residence and the most welcoming place to unwind and spend a restful moment.  The floor-to-ceiling raised wood paneling, which doubles as hidden storage, and an elegantly styled gas fireplace warm the soul. Two fluted Corinthian columns add yet another dimension to the space and clearly mark off the living room.  And finally, if you feel like watching your favorite feature film a 15-foot projection screen can be lowered from the ceiling.

The open kitchen, rich in style, offers a wall of custom cabinetry, a breakfast bar for four and top-of-the-line appliances from Gaggenau and Sub-Zero.  The kitchen and living room seamlessly melt into each other.

Another architectural element used on the main level is a raised platform that spans the entire width of the loft just in front of the windows.  The platform provides a clean break from the rest of the apartment. The space is divided into two sections, one of which is a glass room with two complete walls of glass and a third wall of white brick.   While both rooms are currently arranged as seating areas, there are many alternative uses for these spaces.

The master suite offers the same elegance and extravagance as the rest of the loft.  Situated on the lower level, the bedroom measures 25 feet across. The suite contains a home office with built in cabinetry, a gas fireplace and a walk-in oval-sized custom closet with its own Corinthian column.  The spa-like master bath, not surprisingly, leaves nothing to be desired. Luxuritate yourself everyday of the week as you choose between your spoils: walk-in soaking tub, shower room or sauna. 

There is also a gym, a temperature-controlled wine storage room and additional storage space on the mezzanine level.   A second bedroom with ensuite bath as well as a separate powder room are all located on the main floor. Custom lighting, hidden builtins, surround sound and central AC complete the picture.

56 Crosby Street provides a full-time doorman and offers keyed-elevator access.  There are no building amenities, but truthfully, what else would you need. Outside your door, once we are all allowed to go out and live again, is all that is Soho:  World class shopping and restaurants.

The apartment hit the market in early March for the same ask, $25,000 per month for a 12-month term.  Since this is a condominium, the approval process should be simple. Lauren Feldesman, James Clayton Cox Jr. and Aeen Avini of Compass are representing the property.  Should you desire additional information, check out Linecity.com.

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