Windows Over Tribeca – 408 Greenwich Street, Penthouse

Over time we’ve seen a lot of fabulous lofts, but this Tribeca residence, with its combination of indoor and outdoor living, undoubtedly ascends toward the top of our list.  The designer penthouse offers 5,722 square feet across two full floors (4,222 interior square feet) and a private roof deck (1,500 exterior square feet).  If this apartment is missing anything, we couldn’t find it.  And thus, another edition of our “Apartments We Love” series. 

Located within the Tribeca North Historic District, 408 Greenwich Street is a postwar structure designed in the spirit of old Tribeca factories and warehouses. The nine-story mixed-use property contains just four apartments across the top six floors.  Talk about grandiose living.

Designed by Steven Harris Architects, this elegant four-bedroom home has been designed to the highest standards.  While the craftsmanship exhibits a rich palette of materials, it’s the natural light and the great expanse of space that elevates the residence.  

The indulgence begins as soon as you walk off the elevator.  Ease yourself across the entry foyer toward the great room (51’6”x20’) and its fabulous arched windows.  The windows (eleven in total) line the perimeter of this cavernous space drawing the cityscape of lower Manhattan into the residence.  It is almost as if the room itself has no walls.   

The great room is one of those rooms that you may never want to leave.  Everything about this room is special.   Tall ceilings complement the arched windows; wide plank Siberian oak floors add warmth.  A gas fireplace with a limestone surround is perfect for any winter night.  Motorized window shades allow you to alter the light or change the mood.  

The gourmet kitchen opens into the great room and offers a majestic setting to cook for five or fifty.  The kitchen, as one might expect, is special in its own right.  There is an open portion of the kitchen where beauty bests brawn.  Custom cabinetry, an array of natural stones, an eat-in island and a La Cornue Chateau dual range create a picture perfect front room.  However, tucked away from view is a scullery where most of the heavy lifting takes place.  The scullery essentially provides a second full sized kitchen but with a different aesthetic.  Dual sinks, dual dishwashers and an oversized floor-to-ceiling Sub-Zero refrigerator provide all you need to manage your next big event.  Not to be overlooked, three arched windows provide light to the kitchen and city views to the east.

The service area of the home extends far beyond the kitchen.  To the rear of the scullery, there is a full-sized laundry room and a mud room with access to the elevator landing.  While some of the rooms in this apartment may take your breath away, the mud room is an underappreciated luxury.  Take off your shoes or have your groceries delivered straight to the kitchen.  

The primary bedroom suite comprises a quarter of the floor and anchors the southwest corner of the apartment.  As with the rest of the home, the arched windows follow you around the suite.  The corner bedroom basks in southern and western light;  views to the west engage the Hudson River.  A second room within the suite can be used as a home office, nursery or a fourth bedroom.  Two custom designed walk-in closets provide significant storage space for any wardrobe.  

The master bath is fit for royalty.  The corner en-suite bathroom provides a spacious spa-like atmosphere to luxuriate.  The bath measures some 16×10 and provides enough space so that you never get in anyone’s way.  Clad in earthy tones of travertine marble, this five-fixture bath offers an array of treats: A tremendous walk-in shower, a cast-iron soaking tub, a glass enclosed water closet and bidet as well as two arched windows.

The second and third bedrooms both enjoy corner locations as well as their own windowed en-suite baths.  None of the three bedrooms share a common wall so privacy is at a premium.  

The top floor of the penthouse adds an entirely different dimension.  There is just one room,  built as a media room, surrounded on three sides by a landscaped wrap terrace.   Well, as you might expect, this isn’t any terrace.  Landscape architect David Kelly designed this wonderful “terrace garden,” oasis.  No different than the interior of the home, the terrace provides just about everything.    Measuring 42 feet in length, it’s akin to having your own park in which to indulge.  Spectacular views of Downtown Manhattan provide an incomparable atmosphere in the day or evening.  The perimeter of the terrace is set with custom planters and boxwood plantings.  Four pleached Hornbeam trees tower over the space and an outdoor stainless steel kitchen allows one to perfect their barbecuing skills.

The current asking price for this penthouse residence is $17.75 million, some 6.6% off the original ask of $19 million.

The listing is being represented by Deborah DeMari and Diane Sutherland of Douglas Elliman.   To learn more about this property or just to take a peak, please visit Linecity.com 

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