A Chic SoHo Loft Owned by Sela Ward Returns to the Market
Actress Sela Ward is selling her SoHo pied-à-terre, an elaborate prewar scaffolding on a quiet, cobblestone block that she bought four years ago and was renovated into a casual and chic urban retreat.
The Soho-Cast Iron Historic District has about 2,400 square feet of apartments on the second floor of 16 Crosby Street, between Howard and Grand Streets. The five-storey former factory, built in 1877, has 12 co-op units.
Ms. Ward, a two-time Emmy Award winner, and her husband, entrepreneur Howard Sherman, whose meridian, Miss. Listing Scaffolding for $ 5.795 million; Monthly maintenance is $ 900.
Couple paid $ 4.2 million For the unit in late summer of 2016, following a lengthy home search. “We kept going to buildings with four or five cubicle rooms,” Ms. Ward said. “I felt so bad. I didn’t feel like I could breathe. “
But when he saw the scaffolding of the city, it was love at first sight. “I walked into the space and saw 14-foot ceilings and all the light streaming from the windows, and I said, ‘I think I’m home,” he said.
Before settling in the house, the couple began moving from top to bottom of the place for over a year. They retained some original industrial elements, including ornate tin ceilings, plush iron columns and exposed brick, including various custom touches: an open marble kitchen with breakfast bar, separate banquet seating area, steel and glass French doors, oak floors and many built-ins. The couple also created a glass-enclosed mezzanine with additional storage space.
“The scale, and design, of this scaffolding is really gorgeous – there’s a real wow factor when you open the door,” said Mark Schoenfeld, a broker with the Corcoran Group who listed the property with his colleague Joseph Pullen Used to be. “This is not your typical Soho staging. It is sexy and sophisticated. “
Ms. Ward, who is also an artist and whose bold paintings hang in the apartment, said she was helped in the design by working with Anne Carter, Mississippi designer and Warren Freire of Freire Collaborative Architects in the Financial District.
“We created different locations that were not,” Ms. Ward said. “It’s like an art project for me.” With each new house, he said, “I have a canvas.”
The space is configured with two bedrooms and a media room with a Murphy bed and automatic curtains that convert it into a third bedroom. There are also two full bathrooms, a half-bathroom and a laundry room.
Entrance is through a 28-by-27-foot great room, lined with 10-foot, east-facing windows. The large space has areas for lounges and dining, and includes a media room.
A gallery is closed near the dining area, with the primary bedroom suite featuring a dressing room, walk-in closet and a large spike bathroom with a separate soaking tub. A second bedroom and bathroom are at the southern end of the apartment, along with a laundry room and powder room. The unit comes with a 340-square-foot storage room in the basement of the building; It includes cupboards and two refrigerators, one for wine.
Contemporary furnishings can be found throughout the house, as well as a slight walk in the form of a wooden ping-pong table that converts into a dining table for dinner parties.
Ms. Ward has appeared in many TV shows and films over the years; She received Emmys for her roles in the drama series “Once Again” and “Sisters”. Recently, she worked on the TV drama show “FBI” and was able to spend time in a Soho apartment while filming in New York.
Her favorite place in the scaffold: a window seat with a view of Crosby Street. “I drank coffee there and saw people on the street,” she said.
While he and Mr. Sherman have enjoyed living in Soho, they are looking for a larger apartment in Manhattan, perhaps closer to Central Park, to better accommodate their two older children. “When I have children, especially with their significant others, we are all on top of each other,” she said of scaffolding.
The idea of designing from scratch again appeals to Ms. Ward, who has homes in California and Florida. In 2016, she sold her property in Bel Air, California to Jennifer Lopez.
“I enjoy creating space,” she said, “I am different and equally fun.” “