A Civil War armory, turned ice cream factory, turned condo – there is something magical about historic structures that have been restored and repurposed for residential use. They are typically labors of love and this Nolita gem at 262 Mott Street is no exception. Combine great bones with architectural zest and a bit of drama and you arrive at the latest edition to our “Apartments We Love” series.
Penthouse 410 represents a seamless combination of three lofts that together create an incredibly gorgeous 3,185 square foot home. The two-level penthouse (4th and 5th floors), flush with natural light, has eye candy at every turn.
The Mott Street location is equally praiseworthy. The limestone and brick building sits on a lovely tree-lined street between Prince Street and East Houston Street in the heart of Nolita. Most of the block has retained its historic character (lots of external fire escapes) and an array of independent retailers occupy the street’s retail level. Built in 1855, the building rises five floors and contains 28 apartments. Over the years, multiple well known artists and musicians have called 262 Mott Street home.
This penthouse residence has so many outstanding features and architectural elements, it is hard to say that we have a favorite. But if we were forced to pick just one, it would be the stunning black steel staircase that boldly climbs through the center of the apartment. It’s akin to having a two-story sculpture in your home.
The primary floor of the loft stretches some 89 feet and incorporates an open living/dining/kitchen space. Once you have acknowledged the beauty of the central staircase, you will notice the bricks. And they’re everywhere. The original barrel-vaulted brick ceilings span the first and second floors, creating a symmetrical wave-like pattern throughout the residence. Floor-to-ceiling brick walls line most of the apartment, some of which have been whitewashed to soften the look. New features include wide-plank floors, designer lighting and exposed ductwork. The harmony between new and old works quite well.
The spacious eat-in kitchen is neatly tucked into an open alcove in the front corner of the apartment. The windowed kitchen offers a center island with bar stool seating and a small corner banquet that looks out onto Mott Street. Marble countertops, a suite of high end stainless steel appliances and a farmhouse sink complete this beautiful kitchen. There is an adjoining laundry room with a separate service entrance.
A secondary bedroom with an en-suite bath and a dressing area is located on the far side of the apartment. The brick ceilings and walls continue into this bedroom. There is a smaller room which can be used as a home office or a child’s room as well.
The second floor is dedicated to the primary bedroom suite. It includes a mezzanine landing which sports a floor-to-ceiling bookcase, a large walk-in-closet and a windowed en suite bath The bedroom has two oversized windows that face Mott Street and offer plentiful light.
The crown jewel of this penthouse awaits. Travel up a second flight of stairs and you’ll find yourself inside a glass atrium that opens to a 1,000 square foot private roof terrace. The roof has two patio sections, one of which is closed and a second one that is open to the elements. From the roof you enjoy landmarked views of The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, which is New York City’s first cathedral, as well as sweeping views of the uptown and downtown skylines.
The current asking price for Penthouse 410 at 262 Mott Street is $8,500,000. That’s about $2,660 per square foot. It was introduced to the market in April.