Are you a gigantically rich person who has arranged their life so the world basically revolves around you? If so, there is a newly listed penthouse in New York’s SoHo that’s utterly perfect. The two magic words: ROOFTOP POOL. Two less magic words: $45 million.
Undaunted? Get on the horn to Compass’s Leonard Steinberg, whose listing for the condo begins, “This may be the most important penthouse ever to come to the market in Soho, verifiably the only one of its kind.” Enough said. Let’s take a tour.
In the landmarked SoHo Cast Iron Historic District, a new boutique building was erected in 2014. International architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox designed the eight-story, 16-unit condo, and Thomas Juul-Hansen did up the interiors, with the crowning jewel being a 6,700 square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bathroom duplex penthouse. The glass-walled apartment boasts 75 floor-to-ceiling windows on the lower level and 13 sliding glass doors on the upper level. Not sunny enough? Step out to 3,100 square feet of bluestone-paved terracing, and if you get too warm, take a dip in the 33-foot-long swimming pool that floats above the surrounding rooftoops.
The penthouse was originally marketed at $28.5 million, a price that included two dedicated parking spaces in the building’s on-site garage, an absolute luxury in Manhattan and worth several pretty pennies. The seller, who records suggest is Hollywood power player Beth Swofford, a top CAA agent, paid just under $27 million in late 2014. Get this, Swofford had the mansion-sized space redesigned as a one-bedroom apartment. That’s right, the penthouse is currently configured with just one bedroom, along with two full bathrooms and three powder rooms.
The bedrooms originally planned for the lower level became an interconnected suite of rooms that include an art gallery, a home office, and a gym. There’s also a huge family room with an adjoining bar, as well as a second salon for displaying artwork. The primary bedroom, which occupies its own wing on the lower level, offers three giant walk-in closets, a bathroom large enough to float a massive tub in the center of the space, and its own laundry room. Interested folks need not be put off by the single-bedroom layout. With enough money, and anyone buying this place has plenty of that, a good architect and a savvy designer could easily change the layout to include many more bedrooms and bathrooms.
Upstairs, the living room is almost all glass except for the minimalistic marble fireplace, and the separate dining room boldly features a cherry-red floor. The stainless-steel kitchen is sleek, modern and colorful, in tune with cutting-edge tastes, while the bathrooms are all clad in extremely expensive looking stone. The terrace wraps completely around the upper level, with attractive plantings that add organic interest to the fantastic city views.
The building itself includes the usual accoutrements of a high-end building, including a 24-hour doorman and a gym with natural lighting. And with SoHo being the world capital of the art world, galleries, boutiques, museums and restaurants are right at the new owner’s doorstep.