Property Crush

Peek Inside the Colorful NYC Loft That’s Home to the Owner of Cubbyhole

published Feb 2, 2023
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Credit: Kellen Houde for Sotheby's International Realty

The details:

  • Address: 529 West 42nd Street, 2G, New York
  • Price: $950,000
  • Bedrooms: Studio
  • Bathrooms: 1
Credit: Kellen Houde for Sotheby's International Realty

Why we have a crush on this property:

Picture a studio, and you probably conjure an image of a glorified kitchenette, low ceilings, and a bed pressed up against a coffee table. What you likely don’t picture is this home. Though it may be filtered into the studio category on listing sites due to its lack of interior walls, the loft-like space actually spans more than 1,100 square feet. 

And the square footage is gleaming with industrial allure, from the custom concrete flooring and tall ceilings to the chrome fixtures and large factory windows. If the decor style feels extremely cool, you can thank the home’s owners — Lisa Menichino and her wife Jo-Ann DiSantis, owner of the popular bar Cubbyhole, one of NYC’s only lesbian bars

Credit: Kellen Houde for Sotheby's International Realty

In one corner, a neon sign spelling out “All I Need Is You” in glowing purple letters hangs above a Murphy bed, which doubles as a giant piece of artwork thanks to the mural that appears when the bed folds away. I love the open layout and this ingenious hidden bedroom idea, but the listing also touts the unit’s ability to be converted into a classic one-bedroom if you so choose. You can head up a few stairs to a loft currently in use as a home office, which you could easily repurpose it as a sleeping loft, but tall people beware: It’s just 5 feet 9 inches tall. 

Credit: Kellen Houde for Sotheby's International Realty

A far cry from the hot plate and mini fridge of a more compact apartment, this kitchen boasts beautiful white stone counters, stainless appliances, glass cabinets, and even a wine vault. The entire living area flows easily around a giant concrete pillar, making the light, soaring space feel grounded and solid.

Credit: Kellen Houde for Sotheby's International Realty
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This home is listed for $950,000 by Kristi Ambrosetti of Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage. 

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