Monday, May 21, 2012

203 West Houston Federal Townhouse


Tucked discretely behind a handsome historic Federal-style façade, a sleek Philip Starck-inspired interior awaits. Why choose between vintage and modern for downtown living when you can have both? Currently configured as two separate duplexes, this townhouse can easily be converted into a single-family residence.

The entry-level duplex, designed as an open loft space, is a visual delight. Entertain guests or just settle in for the night next to the gas fireplace. The top-of-the-line kitchen features floating custom-built cherry cabinets with Duravit hardware, granite counters, a Bosch oven, a gas-powered range with a hidden vent, an oversized stainless steel refrigerator and a Bosch dishwasher. A full bathroom and storage space are also located on this level. Outside, a private south-facing garden is the perfect oasis and includes brushed cement walls and a custom-built Argentine charcoal grill. Back inside and up an elegant floating staircase, the master suite awaits. The suite is cleverly suspended over the garden below, and includes a large walk-through master bath with an oversized shower and an adjoining office or seating area.

The upper-level duplex is as equally impressive as the space below. The south-facing living room overlooks a tree-lined green space that affords privacy and serenity. The modern kitchen has been updated and features stainless steel appliances. A full bathroom is located on this level. Upstairs, two bedrooms and an additional full bathroom can be found.

The entire townhouse has had all of its plumbing and electrical wiring replaced in the past five years. Steel beams, a fire escape, and a new rear wall have all been recently installed. This is a great opportunity either to move in and occupy both spaces as one residence, to live in one unit and rent the other, or use the entire townhouse as an investment property. An additional 400 sqft of FAR may be available.

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