Step Inside a Plush $18.5M Penthouse in a Celebrity-Favorite Nolita Building

Nolita in NYC has become the new spot for high-end shopping and trendy restaurants. Adjacent to swanky and historically artistic SoHo, the lines of the neighborhoods often blur to those exploring the area. If Nolita/SoHo living is one of your dreams, this penthouse asking $18.5 million is a must-see. Set atop a coveted building used as the Hawley & Hoops chocolate factory when it was built in the late 1800s, it’s certainly a sweet find for someone with such a high real estate budget.

Once converted into a luxury 10-story condominium in 1999, 285 Lafayette Street had no trouble drawing in celebrities like David Bowie, Katie Holmes, Hugh Jackman, Alex Rodriguez, Sienna Miller, and more. They’ve all lived here at one time or another. However, listing agent Brett Mitchell occupied this specific apartment himself and claims it’s the best in the building. And really, who would argue?

Drenched in light from 12 sets of French doors and overlooking Lafayette Street, the 5,350-square-foot apartment is open, airy, and refined with tons of opportunities for art collectors to display work. Another celebrity may follow in others’ footsteps and scoop up this unit, which only shares the 7th floor with one other residence.

All about entertaining, it centers around a sleek chef’s kitchen complete with high-end appliances and a 146-bottle Sub-Zero wine refrigerator while two grand living spaces open out onto two separate private terraces. For day-to-day moments, unit 7AB holds six bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. Each bedroom has a minimalist and serene vibe, but the primary suite takes the cake. Occupying most of the North facing area of the penthouse, the suite is spacious and includes two walk-in closets, a custom 400-square-foot dressing room, terrace access, and a spa-like bathroom with a free-standing tub.

For those in a position to make an offer, Brett Mitchell of Compass holds the posh listing.