14 Saint Lukes Pl, New York, NY 10014
14 St. Lukes Place, Greenwich Village, New York City. Now appropriately named Arbor Vitae, this is an utterly singular New York City townhouse. Located on one of the most charming streets in the entire city, the house was built in 1852 and boasts enchanting view of James J. Walker Park. This four story, plus full basement 22.5 wide elevator townhouse, which includes 4+ bedrooms, is the most idiosyncratic and beautiful of the Italianate style houses rowed in the heart of the West Village. Recently and painstakingly restored over the past 3 years, Arbor Vitae is a celebration of the layers of the cultural history, 1850s, 1920s, and today. The house was designed and re-built via a narrative that literally transforms it into a Tree of Life. There are clues and features that turn the entire dwelling into a retreat from the madness of city life. The house was also restored to bring it to the most stringent modern codes as an environmentally conscious passive power dwelling including Landmark approved triple pane windows, Energy Recovery Ventilation systems and ducted mini-split HVAC system. As a result, the house is almost completely silent. The ground floor level kitchen features marble counter tops, made-to-order Lacanche professional stove, custom paneled oak kitchen cabinets, breakfast room, media room leading to a 40 deep garden and continuing to the parlor floor with 12 foot ceilings. The penthouse has with 20+ windows. The house invites Southern sunlight and Northern views which creates a dramatic effect of air and light. The rooms within the house are carefully crafted in order to have an abundant amount of space for guests and friends to relax in tranquility. Old-world, hand worked plaster was utilized throughout the main living areas with the purpose of creating the multi-dimensional look and feel of a real period home as it was originally meant to look and feel. The master bedroom is an entire floor, and two-single bedrooms plus a small fourth on the 3rd floor create undisturbed privacy between home owner and family or guest. GARDEN LEVEL Upon entering the garden level you are greeted by charming custom brass mono-point lights inspired by Jacques Quinet, oak hutch and terracotta floors throughout. The charming breakfast nook leads to a home chefs dream eat in kitchen with oak cabinets, marble topped center island and Lacanche 6 burner stove. The lounge area overlooks a generous backyard laden with trees and sunlight, ready for your customization. The garden also enjoys a full bathroom and mudroom with storage. PARLOR LEVEL The expansive ceiling height of 12 on this floor is complimented by the honed black and white marble hallway. Up the sweeping staircase is the formal dining room with working fireplace and views of picturesque treelined Saint Lukes Place. Adjacent is the library with half bath and nook housing a circa 1845 antique Spinet Grand Piano. A large living room complete with marble encased fireplace and rear deck whose stairs lead down to the backyard. MASTER LVEL The master level is intended to have as many lavish details as possible with its custom walk-in closet, St Laurent, Rojo Alicante, Giallo Royale and Calcultta gold marble custom patterned floor, custom Luna Bianca oro marble counter top with matching brass washstands and a steam shower enclosed in an opulent solid brass and curved glass door. Through the master suite are doors leading to an outdoor terrace overlooking the lush trees and Northern light. THIRD FLOOR The third floor of this well planned house encompasses three full bedrooms and full bath. PENTHOUSE LEVEL On the uppermost floor is the penthouse with its restored plaster oculus skylight becomes a relaxing evening getaway with dual terraces on either side formulating even more privacy for grand entertaining. CELLAR LEVEL The fully finished cellar includes a spacious laundry room, custom built cantina with individual temperature/humidity control, and enormous recreational room. Owner is offering a one month concession for a long term lease. Other lease terms for a shorter period may be available.