Hot Time, Summer in the City – 62 Wooster Street, PH
If you admire the purity of luxury minimalism, then you won’t want to miss taking a peak at this arresting Soho penthouse. Located amidst the historic Cast Iron District, this Wooster Street duplex offers a private rooftop summer retreat second to none, featuring two landscaped terraces and a resplendent 40-foot lap pool. Combined with 6,900 square feet of museum quality interior space, it’s no wonder that this loft residence makes our list of Apartments We Love.
62 Wooster Street (also known as 476 Broome Street) is particularly unique due to its L-shaped design that wraps around the corner of Wooster Street and Broome Street. Thus two entrances to the residential component and two retail stores, one on each street. Built in 1862, this landmarked property was completed during the peak period of cast-iron construction in Soho, today home to the world’s most significant collection of cast-iron architecture.
Overseen by the renowned architectural firm COOKFOX, 62 Wooster has been transformed into seven glorious residential lofts, ranging in size from 2,411 square feet to the 6,900 square feet penthouse offering While the project itself has lumbered along since the purchase of the building in 2001 by real estate investor Jeff Greene, the vision of the developer has certainly come to fruition with the creation of these finely crafted homes. The crowning achievement is of course the penthouse, an exquisite celebrity home now available furnished for short or long term rental.
With six full bedrooms and six full baths, this voluminous duplex residence can house almost any sized family. No problem with privacy or social distancing in this abode.
At first glance, the wide-open spaces, neutral color scheme and use of wooden materials imbue visitors with a sense of harmony, elegance, and perhaps even a bit of Feng Shui. This is a home, albeit a very large home, that’s been designed to please the senses, but without throwing them into overdrive.
The heart of the residence is the great room with an expanse of nearly fifty feet and an endless string of arched windows. The room easily divides into several distinct areas, as columns, dropped ceilings and exposed brick are used to define the spacing. Nine oversized windows flood the interior with natural light and provide views across Soho. Ultra wide oak flooring and voluminous white walls melt together imparting a calm throughout the residence. The walls, colorless, beg for a collection of fine art.
The luxurious Henrybuilt kitchen contrasts the loft’s lighter tones and stands out like a beacon at one end of the great room. Anchored by a prodigious marble topped island (sits six), the open kitchen is both glorious and generous. The walnut cabinetry provides a dark contrast to the oak flooring, while the stone backsplash and counters meld perfectly with the neutral color scheme. Top-of the-line appliances from Gaggenau and Viking serve the space.
The separation of the lofts’s public and private areas has been perfectly executed. The private wing has four bedrooms, each of them afforded the luxury of an en-suite bathroom. A fifth room serves as an office/media room and can be transformed into a guest room if need be. Each of the baths offer the same minimalist harmony and the same grade of luxury materials that are used throughout the home: Bianco Dolomiti marble, custom oak wood vanities, handcrafted glazed tile and Waterworks fixtures. If you forget your slippers, don’t worry. All of the bathrooms have radiant heated floors.
The master bedroom suite is a world unto itself, offering a personal setting few city residences can match. A floating staircase with brass accents and leather-wrapped handrails leads up to the suite, a full floor of interior and exterior indulgence.
While it’s almost impossible to pick a single feature from the master suite and call it a favorite, we’re going to make our case for the floor-to-ceiling steel casement windows and double doors that frame the view of the terrace. It’s as if the two spaces harmonise as one, your invitation to your own private wonderland awaiting your arrival. A second entrance to the apartment’s exterior space is off the internal stairs and does not intrude on the bedroom.
Once you step outside the enchantment reaches a crescendo. Lounge or swim alone with friends or family. There is plenty of room to social distance up here as well. The deck spans across the building’s roof and provides a city setting few can imagine or imitate. A second deck, this one featuring an outdoor kitchen, sits over the bedroom wing of the residence and provides sweeping north and west-facing views.
The five-fixture master bath is a statement in luxury, sporting a stand-alone soaking tub, a double-vanity, a steam shower for two and a private water closet. A large walk-in-closet completes the suite.
At the time of this writing, the Penthouse at 62 Wooster Street sets the benchmark for downtown loft pricing at $75,000 per month. The building maintains a part-time doorman as well as a Virtual Doorman System. A keyed elevator opens into the apartment.