Frances Katzen on NBC's Open House

NBC’s Open House joins us at 140 Franklin in Tribeca to tour this gorgeous loft. This rare and important pre-war loft condominium, built by Albert Wagner in 1887, offers 12 exclusive lofts. Encompassing the entire top 2 floors of this building.

A premier penthouse offering 4 bedrooms (currently configured as a 3 bedroom) and is situated in an ultra-discreet building that offers onsite staff and a full-time doorman. This loft spans over 4,000 sq ft feet of interior living that is intelligently designed and exceptionally renovated. A sophisticated private outdoor terrace that is just over 1,650 sq ft showcasing a fully landscaped layout to include: a grilling / cooking preparation setup, a separate private dining section, alongside a relaxed sun-filled lounging area. This exterior component provides room for entertainment with privacy and has magical views of the New York City Skyline that stretches the entire West and Southern portion of Tribeca.

Renovated to the highest standards by interior designer Robert Stilin, this modern custom home is sprawling, refined and understated. With 9 deep set windows that span the entire length of this great room, tremendous light floods into the residence from all directions. A superb layout that is ideal for both grand entertaining and laid back living. All grounded by a real wood-burning fireplace that is set apart by an immense architectural skylight that sits high above this duplex loft. The chef-level kitchen is impeccable, and located right off the great room. A preparation station that is in excess of 15 feet, complimented by French custom stone countertops and custom waxed oak cabinetry by RJ Millwork with hand crafted wrought iron detailing is truly stunning. This kitchen is fully equipped and outfitted with 3 dishwashers, a wine refrigeration system that holds 150 bottles, a Wolf oven, a Miele built in coffee machine alongside a 48 inch Sub-Zero refrigeration system. There are 3 well-proportioned bedrooms located off the great room that are also complimented with windowed en-suite bathrooms. They are fully equipped with top-of-the-line cool marble stones and hardware that provides a spa-level experience.

The flow of this home is easy and comfortable. Luxury is literally at your fingertips with network enabled lighting, shades, and sound system as well as digital speakers throughout. The custom wrought steel staircase becomes another installation of architectural note within this residence. As one arrives upstairs to the top portion of this penthouse, one is struck by the casement windows that draw your eye out to this private rooftop terrace. The room situated off the terrace is sizable and offers an easy conversion to an additional bedroom with bathroom. The room currently provides a fantastic multipurpose use for both entertaining with a private media room and windowed office with full bathroom. This unit also conveys with a sizable storage unit located within the building. Nothing compares to this duplex penthouse that floats high above Tribeca. This home reveals a life well lived.