SoHo Penthouse Embodies Thoughtful Design

The thoughtful design behind the SoHo boutique condominium building, 52 Wooster, is no accident. It’s the result of a close collaboration among Jane Gol, developer and president of Continental Ventures; Arpad Baksa, Architect, GRADE New York, the interior designer; and the Saez+Fromm team at Corcoran. The penthouse—with over 4,200 square feet of interior space and 1,300 square feet of terrace space spread out over three levels—embodies the team’s vision to seamlessly integrate Soho’s celebrated Cast Iron Historic District aesthetic and the modern sophistication of today’s buyer.

From left to right: Mark David Fromm, Claudia Saez-Fromm, Jane Gol

Husband-and-wife duo Claudia Saez-Fromm and Mark Fromm have worked as agents on both the buying and selling side of luxury properties, so they had a firm grasp on what clients in this luxury market require, as well as what they desire.

The home features such details as five types of stone, including Fiore di Bosco marble countertops and backsplashes in the kitchen, Bleu de Savoie hand selected marble slabs covering the master bathroom walls and floors and custom paneling along with the Supai Limestone in an inviting powder room. The secondary bathrooms also feature unique marble selections which add texture and warmth to the design.

Private rooftop terrace with views of the Empire State Building to the north and One World Trade Center to the south.

The penthouse features custom cabinetry and wide-paneled white oak flooring throughout and a rooftop terrace with a fireplace and hot tub. With year-round use in mind, the outdoor space also includes a full outdoor kitchen, powder room, and outdoor shower. “The rooftop terrace was designed to create a real living/dining/entertaining area that would serve as a true living floor,” Gol explains.

To take full advantage of views of the Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower, the 52 Wooster penthouse has 35 oversized windows, many of them floor-to-ceiling. “The penthouse is perfectly situated on a wide SoHo corner,” Saez-Fromm explains, “so you can enjoy the views from every room as well as the rooftop terrace.”

As for layout, the triplex maximizes its entertaining spaces while also facilitating privacy. “It was important to connect the entertaining floor to the outdoor terrace to facilitate a grand entertaining space,” Gol explains, so they put the residential floor beneath the entertaining floor. The 51-by-19-foot living space includes a corner great room with a fireplace and a large, open dining area.

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Modern kitchen.

The kitchen comes equipped with SubZero and Miele appliances, including two ovens, warming drawers, sinks, and dishwashers—so that it works as a chef’s kitchen, with entertaining in mind. Expansive counter space, integrated wine refrigeration and a pull-out pantry complete the kitchen. “It’s open to the dining room and living room to create a beautiful loft-like feel but can also be closed off with pocket doors when in use,” Gol says.

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Junior master bedroom.

During the early stages, the Saez+Fromm team suggested the addition of a junior master on the residential floor. The two master suites are on opposite ends, with a third bedroom between them. (An additional flexible office/bedroom with a terrace of its own is located one floor above.) The junior master captures views to the north; the master suite has its own wing on Wooster St., complete with a terrace, freestanding tub and steam shower in the bathroom, and expansive walk-in closets.

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Master bathroom with Bleu de Savoie slab.

“This penthouse is a rare opportunity to live in a home where attention was paid to every detail, and the space was created for true penthouse living,” states Fromm.

With design elements that merge SoHo’s rich history with modern style, 52 Wooster makes a strong statement about contemporary living.

Photography by Allie Leepson.

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