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Mystery Architect's Epic Duane Street Penthouse Asks $19.5M

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Our favorite Duane Street property of the year is the incredible shoe store-turned-mansion at 144 Duane Street. But a new-to-market PH1 at neighboring 142 Duane Street provides 144's best competition yet. Vitals: 4BRs, 3.5BAs, 7,200 square feet, $19.5 million. And now we'll let the brokerbabble take the floor:

A private elevator landing leads to a dramatic double height living and dining room. A massive skylight runs the width of this room. A Portero marble fireplace, walls paneled in quarter sawn limed oak, wenge floors and exposed steel and stone create an ambience that is both monumental and warm. The top of the line kitchen flows seamlessly from the living room and features Bulthaup cabinetry, double ovens, Subzero refrigerator and a 400 bottle walk in wine cellar.The library is luxurious and welcoming, with walls lined in exotic makore paneling, a fireplace and a gorgeous bar?.A sky-lit staircase leads to a family room which overlooks the living room below. A world apart, the master bedroom has its own dressing room, sitting room and private, south facing terrace?.The third level provides access to a fully landscaped private roof top terrace, with a full kitchen.
Our journey through public record in search of the owner?described in the brokerbabble as "an architect widely recognized for his beautifully balanced spaces and uncompromising attention to detail"?turned up no concrete answers. But we did find the penthouse in question on the website of Triarch. Triarch architect Michaela Deiss is also listed as the brains behind a renovation of a 142 Duane Street penthouse belonging to one Phillip Sulke. Here's where it gets confusing: Sulke is recorded as the owner of PHB, not PH1, and Sulke doesn't appear to be an architect. So did Sulke pick up PHB (for $2.87 million) last year as an extension of PH1? That's one theory. Got a better one? Drop it in the comments or direct it to the tipline. UPDATE: Sulke tells us his penthouse has nothing to do with this one, and the project is not an extension.

In the meantime, here's the floorplan:

· Listing: 142 Duane Street, PH1 [Elliman]
· 142 Duane Street Penthouse by Triarch [Newyork-architects.com]

142 Duane Street

142 Duane Street, New York, NY