The newest building to go up on cobblestone-lined Mercer Street, Soho's 44 Mercer has finally come out into the open. The rendering and floorplans from TRA Studio surfaced at the end of 2007, back when this was a seven-story single-family dwelling going for a cool $25 million. But times have changed, so the offer these days is four full-floor units priced from $2.75 million to $3.2 million (three are already in contract, per StreetEasy), and a $6.25 million super duper duplex penthouse with fireplaces, balconies and a private roof deck complete with hot tub. Will the virtual doorman be able to keep us from crashing?
The facade of the six residential floors is ultra-modern, with glass and steel fronting onto Mercer. In contrast, the fully exposed south wall is utilitarian brick with a regular set of rectangular windows, all facing onto the imposing north wall of Jean Nouvel's 40 Mercer. Down on the street will be a retail space with an all-new cast iron front. So far this one looks even sharper than the renderings, which is always welcome from the newest neighbor on the block. Agreed?
· Listing: 44 Mercer Street #PH [BHS]
· 44 Mercer coverage [Curbed]