Steve Gold has met countless buyers and sellers during his ten-year real estate career, some appearing alongside him on Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing New York”. But his meeting with a SoHo loft owner two years ago was probably the most memorable for the agent / reality TV star.
Owner Sean Kelly, who runs an art gallery near Hudson Yards, was struggling to sell his long-standing apartment at 22 Wooster Street, a low-rise brick and cast iron co-op building. “The loft needed a lot of work,” said Mr. Gold, 36, an agent for the Corcoran group. “He had it on the market for $ 6.5 million to start with, then $ 5.5 million. He came to me to sell it.
Mr. Gold did not receive the list. Instead, he got a new home for himself and his partner, Luiza Gawlowska, who was pregnant with their daughter, Rose, at the time. “I went to do an announcement presentation and I went out with an apartment,” he said.
Mr Gold said he paid around $ 4.5 million for the fifth-floor penthouse as part of an off-market deal in June 2019. He then spent an additional $ 2.5 million on a renovation of the gut, down to “the original brick and beams,” which started almost immediately. and was only recently completed.
“I’ve always dreamed of a penthouse in SoHo that I could do on my own,” he said. And he saw a lot of potential in this approximately 3,400 square foot unit, with three exhibits and a wall of windows facing the cobblestone street. “I changed everything, from the floor plan to the finishes.”
Now someone else can take advantage of it all. Mr. Gold puts the carefully renovated residence back on the market, with a price tag of $ 9.995 million. Monthly maintenance is $ 5,029.
Although he will miss the downtown house, he decided that a “less busy environment” might be better for his young daughter. “I always thought this was going to be my home forever,” said Mr. Gold, who will serve as the property’s listing agent. “But I feel obligated to be closer to my family. I grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, and would like to raise my child outside of town.
The Wooster Street building, erected in the 1920s between Canal and Grand Street, rises over five floors and houses 13 units. It was converted into a cooperative in the early 1970s.
Mr. Gold’s apartment is configured with three bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and a powder room. There are five skylights, as well as high-end finishes and fixtures that he chose, with the help of interior designer Samuel Amoia, a frequent collaborator. “Each stone I selected myself by hand and I chose the slab I wanted,” he said. “There is so much thought that has gone into every aspect. It was a real labor of love.
The unit retains some pre-war details, such as exposed pipes, beams and columns, and window arches, although the floors were replaced with wide oak planks imported from Dinesen from Denmark after the withdrawal three layers of sub-floor.
The entrance to the residence, from a keyed elevator, is through a hall which leads to a large room with areas for dining and lounging, as well as an open kitchen equipped with personalized joinery and a large island and of Italian Calacatta Paonazzo marble countertops. Next to the large room is a windowed home office with a built-in desk and wooden shelves from Dinesen. There is a secondary kitchen with a large pantry (used for entertaining) and a laundry room near the middle of the loft, accessible from the main living space as well as a back hallway.
A hallway leads to the bathroom paneled in Calacatta Viola marble and to the bedrooms. The master suite has two oversized walk-in closets and a spacious bathroom with gray marble, brushed bronze finishes and a claw-foot tub.
There are plenty of closets, as well as an abundance of windows and an eclectic mix of contemporary and vintage furniture and art, including works by Keith Haring and Mel Bochner.
“By doing what I’ve been doing for as long as I’ve been doing it, I’ve seen a lot of apartments and I know what I like,” Mr. Gold said. And this apartment has “far exceeded my expectations”.
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