It’s not every day that we get to write about a loft apartment in an actual flux house (aka Fluxhouse Cooperative). Rich in New York City history and full of architectural detail, these abandoned manufacturing spaces were converted to live-work studios for artists in the 1960’s and eventually played a pivotal role in revitalizing Soho.
Apartment 4-S at 16 Greene Street is an exquisite floor-through loft and it’s cast as the latest edition to our “Apartment We Love” series.
Greene Street is a classic cobblestoned street located within the Soho Cast Iron Historic District. Built in 1882, 16 Greene Street is a rustic looking cast iron structure with an exterior fire escape across its front elevation. The loft building was one of the original area flux houses; today there are 12 co-op apartments across its 6 floors.
Today’s rendition of Apartment 4-S is a far cry from the historic dwellings of the 1960s. The apartment portrays as a magazine quality renovation combining the industrial past with the modern sensibilities of today.
A keyed elevator leads you to the great room (which includes the living room, dining area and an open kitchen) where you can’t help but absorb the remnants of the building’s humble beginnings. Soaring wood beamed ceilings and whitewashed brick set the stage. The room is flush with light from two street facing windows. The rest of the loft is lit with a series of custom light fixtures and complimentary recessed lights.
The residence is currently configured as a one bedroom with a home office. While the office is an interior room, it can easily be converted to a guest room or a child’s room. Industrial style iron and glass doors close off the office.
The open kitchen is both elegant and practical. Two toned custom cabinetry is paired with floating shelves, a marble countertop and a matching backsplash. There is a suite of top-of-the-line appliances; both the dishwasher and the refrigerator are integrated fixtures. A separate dining area commands the space opposite the kitchen.
The bedroom (14’6”x10’) is situated at the back of the apartment, away from the common living space. Much like the rest of the loft, the architectural elements remind one of the building’s past. There are wooden ceiling beams as well a mix of whitewashed and original brick. Other features include large casement windows, custom lighting, a spectacular walk-in closet and a marble en-suite bath. The oversized walk-in shower with its industrial style shower doors sets this bathroom apart.
Nothing has been lost on the second bathroom. It’s stunning. The walls are clad in a Nero Marquina black marble while the floors sparkle in a white marble with a hexagon rosette mosaic. The vanity is a thick slab of black marble vanity with a recessed sink and brass vanity legs. The fixtures throughout the bath are also brass. And as the final piece de resistance there is a stand alone clawfoot tucked away in the corner of the room.
Additional perks include a washer/dryer, central air and nine-foot doors throughout the loft.
The current asking price for this residence is $2,895,000. It was introduced to the market on October 14. Private storage is included.