When you criss-cross this glam Tribeca penthouse, the first thing that you notice are the lines. There are vertical and horizontal lines everywhere, neatly defining the spatial order of the residence while complementing the industrial flair of the floor-to-ceiling casement windows that enwrap this full-floor home.
Designed by the architectural firm Shelton Mindel this devine residence at 7 Hubert Street can stand toe-to-toe with any Tribeca penthouse. The urban oasis demands one’s full attention at every turn. With a wrap-around terrace that envelopes the entire apartment (think moat around a castle), the home offers interior and exterior splendor for even the most regal of buyers. For this reason, it’s our next pick in our Apartments We Love series.
The Hubert condominium was designed by BKSK architects and opened in 2003 to much fanfare. The building, which stands at the southeast corner of Hubert Street and Collister Street, was just a hint of Tribeca’s future, providing full-time concierge service and luxury loft living. Almost two decades later, this stunning testament to the area’s past remains an architectural standout and an enviable address. At first glance, one might even think that the Hubert is part of 145 Hudson Street, the hulking pre-war just to the east, whose casement windows and style brick were emulated by BKSK.
Despite its size, the Hubert is a very private building with just 33 apartments across 16 floors. The composition consists of 28 loft-style apartments, three maisonettes and two townhouse residences. The average size of a home here is about 3000 square feet. .
Follow the lines. Everything in this apartment pivots off the massive casement windows. Custom floor-to-ceiling black bookcases complement the windows throughout, offering endless shelving for books and displays. Large open walls provide exemplary space for a complimentary art collection.
The loft, which totals 4,262 interior square feet, is split into two components, a social wing and a bedroom wing. An extended gallery off the private elevator landing conjoins the two wings. The great room, which extends some 36 feet in length offers a glorious space to relax or to entertain. This corner room, which enjoys views to the north and west, anchors the apartment and feeds into both the library and the kitchen. Eleven-foot ceilings stretch the space while a wood burning fireplace adds warmth on wintry nights. But as inviting as this setting appears, the windows and the double doors to the terrace pull you outside. The full array of plantings, given the urban setting, are intoxicating. The panoramic views are stupendous and are only restricted by where you plant yourself.
The corner library is an extension of the great room, separated by glass pocket doors. There is a door to the terrace as well as a gas fireplace.
Décor-wise, the home could be called urban modern, a melding of modern and industrial styles. Exquisite detailing and posh amenities add additional luxury. A Crestron system controls the lighting, the window treatments and the music throughout the home, while a 3-zoned HVAC system keeps everything at an optimal temperature.
The kitchen holds back nothing with its bold black-on-black design. Black cabinetry, countertops, floors and appliances create a sophisticated and futuristic appeal. Only red cabinet pulls break up the uniformity of the color palette. An adjoining breakfast room, which sits between the great room and the formal dining room, allows for informal dining. Of course if you want to entertain and hide the kitchen, you can do that too. Just slide the floor-to-ceiling folding doors along their track and any kitchen mess magically disappears.
Turn left off the elevator bank and you enter the bedroom wing. This portion of the loft offers a massive bedroom suite with master bath, dressing room, multiple walk-in-closets and a double-sided gas fireplace shared between the bedroom and bath. The corner bedroom, bath and dressing area all face south; one can access the terrace from both rooms. The master bath, opulent by any measure, offers the same glam as the rest of the residence. Bookend your day with a steam shower or a soothing soak in the oversized tub.
A second bedroom with an en suite bath and gas fireplace adjoins the master bedroom. A set of pocket doors separates the two chambres. If need be one could easily create a third bedroom out of either the library or the formal dining room.
The Hubert offers a fitness center, playroom, private storage, bike room and a landscaped garden. There is no garage. The Hudson River Greenway and Piers 25 and 26 provide a multitude of outdoor activities just two blocks to the west.
The current ask for this masterfully designed eight-room penthouse is $17.85 million, about $4199 per interior square foot. Four private storage units also transfer with the unit. In January the asking price was dropped $650,000 (3.5%). The property is being represented by Deborah Grubman, Paul Albano and David Adler of the Corcoran Group. For a more complete look at this special home, visit us at linecity.com.