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SoHo Townhouse Renting for $100K Per Month by Marcus Nispel
When 214 Lafayette Street in New York City’s SoHo district recently went on the rental market, it raised many eyebrows. Not just because it’s an unparalleled five-story mansion in a city notoriously short on living space or because it has a private indoor swimming pool. It’s the rent: $100,000 per month.
"It’s the most unique property in all of New York," said broker Steve Halpern, of Citi Habitats, who’s handling the listing. “It’s truly an architectural masterpiece."
The fully furnished three-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom apartment — which includes a nearly 2,500-square-foot main room with lofty 23-foot ceilings, Halpern said — is owned by filmmaker Marcus Nispel, who’s directed remakes of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Friday the 13th,” the Journal reported.
The property will also rent for $20,000 a day or $50,000 a week, and once hosted a shoot for the 2008 Beyonce music video “Halo.”
"You rarely see something of this size and grandeur," Halpern said of the property, located near the corner of Kenmare Street. “It’s essentially taking what would be a traditional townhouse feel and multiplying with a loft feel.”
The current owners paid just $1.75 million for the space in 1996, when it was designated for warehouse use and housed an art gallery.
This industrial-eclectic loft is the home of designer and artist Alina Preciado and her two cats, situated in a 1800s industrial building in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The 2,000 square foot loft with one bedroom and one bathroom mixes old and new pieces together, with findings that Preciado has picked up from her travels to places like Japan, Spain, India and the Middle East. The designer imports handmade goods for her business, Dan Gitane. “Dar” is Arabic for “home” and “gitane” is French for “gypsy”, which sums up Preciado’s personality. The loft was originally a woodshop, which has divots and scratches on the flooring, which has been preserved for its history.
The loft features an incredible flow with an open and airy floor plan, huge windows and high ceilings that keeps the space well lit. The home also has a hammock which Preciado spends a lot of time on, as well as a trapeze bar, perfect for stretching. The living room was a vintage leather sofa from the 1960s, the leaning ladder was obtained from a warehouse. The living area also has a large wood-burning stove with a double-insulated chimney, which is in keeping with the industrial theme as well as providing plenty of warmth in the winter months. A neat tip that Preiado does with her stove is place citrus peels on top and left the smell permeate through the home.
Photography: Chris A. Dorsey