In a previous life the penthouse at 165 Charles Street was almost certainly a greenhouse.
At the way-west pad, glass reigns supreme, and we witnessed it for ourselves during our tour of the swanky spread with Halstead Property’s August Mortimer, for the latest installment of our Big Open House series.
It would be ill-advised to omit information on the building that this apartment crowns, after all, it’s just as impressive as the penthouse itself. “New York Five” architect and lover of white, Richard Meier designed 165 Charles Street — and this penthouse — in 2005 and it went on to win the that year’s New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Housing Design Award.
The penthouse has been on and off the market for the past two years, first appearing in 2014 for $35 million, then for the even-more ambitious $40 million. Now, after switching to broker Anne Prosser of Halstead Property, the price has come down to its current and comparatively more reasonable $30 million.
The pad has three bedrooms total — four if you include the smaller room that currently stands as a cozy home office. The first two are on the main level of the full-floor unit, and both have ceiling high bookshelves, marble en-suites, walk-in closets and suitably impressive views of the Empire State building and One World Trade Center through the unit-standard floor-to-ceiling windows.
A modest kitchen is also on this level, which, like the rest of the pad enjoys clean white lines and views for days.
Then there’s the sprawling living area with its double high ceilings and walls of windows. The space is currently used as a living space with a central seating area, plus a dining area, with a dining table so large that Mortimer suspects it had to be placed via crane into the room.
The master suite, which is comprised of a bedroom, bathroom and walk-in closet, takes up the entire upper level of this unit. It looks out via unusual Juliet-balcony-style shutters down to the living area, and right out of those huge windows.
The light-flooded spread spans 4,500 square feet, and then there’s the 1,800-square-foot terrace which wraps almost entirely around the unit.
The penthouse’s current owner is Louise Blouin, the art-magazine publisher dubbed “the Great Gatsby of the art world” and reportedly one of the wealthiest women in Canada. She’s called the penthouse home since 2005, when she snapped it up for $20.6 million.
Blouin is also trying to sell her inexplicably white-chair filled, sprawling Hamptons estate for what we can only assume is large chunk of change — the price is “upon request” but we happen to recall it was available to rent for the month of August for $1 million.
When it comes to selling this place, Mortimer seems unconcerned by any potential competition from over the street, at the newly built 150 Charles Street, where the likes of Ben Stiller and Irina Shayk have recently snapped up properties..
He suspects that it’ll be the “Meyer-factor” that that will be important to whomever is next to call this place home.