A Retro-Industrial Steampunk Loft For Sale in NYC

by hookedonhouses on October 9, 2011

It’s not every day that you come across a listing that describes a property as “surreal, retro-industrial, and steampunk,” so I was eager to get a look at this New York City loft. I wouldn’t be surprised if an artist or set designer lives here because the rooms look like something out of a sci-fi fantasy flick.

There aren’t any photos of it, but the listing promises a “submarine-style front entry, complete with keypad locking system and working porthole.” Wow. You could call that a “unique selling feature.”

The 1,800 square-foot apartment is in Chelsea, and the asking price is $1.75 million. It has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.

Steampunk refers to the era when steam power was still widely used. It also includes elements of science fiction and fantasy. Think Jules Verne and how the Victorians in England envisioned the future would be.

The bathroom appears to be designed to look like something out of an old gas station. And I’m a little baffled by the toadstool in the shower…

Gotta admire the imagination that went into this place, even though I wouldn’t want to live in it. It’s too much like a movie set for me. Would be fun to look around, though, and meet the creative person who designed it.

Want it? For more photos and information, check the listing, offered by the Core Group’s Parul Brahmbhatt. Thanks to Lisa for finding this one!

P.S. Come back tomorrow to see the house from “Mrs. Doubtfire. Love that one!

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Barbara October 9, 2011 at 8:45 am

The loft looks too busy, too crowded, way too many objects. Probably a nice building, but you can’t see it with all the junk.

holley October 9, 2011 at 9:05 am

It would be fun to stay there while visiting New York.

Carla October 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

I’d like to see them try to hawk this on “Selling New York”.

Karena October 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

Julia, agree I would love to meet the owner and take it all in. Of course I could never live there, the busyness would give me a headache…

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Lisa October 9, 2011 at 11:02 am

My husband (a retired submariner) suggested the “mushroom” in the shower is mooring bollard.

hookedonhouses October 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Interesting! Thanks, Lisa!

Deb in Oz October 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Oh my, that place gives me a headache. Too much !

Ricki Jill Treleaven October 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I love all things Steampunk, but I don’t think I would want to *live* in it….if that makes sense….

Lindsay October 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Maybe if you rented it out for tours and parties, you could cover the mortgage… Or at least the $1400/mo maintenance fees. 😉

Kim October 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm

This is way too much for me, but I love the thought and creativity that went into making this place and I wouldn’t mind touring it.

Julie October 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Wow, I bet the owner had a lot of fun creating that place!

Jessica at Lavender and Lilies October 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I couldn’t live there but it does look so cool. I can’t imagine the incredibly imaginative person that lived there.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy... October 9, 2011 at 9:11 pm

OMG I would SO SO SO buy this place.

lindsay October 10, 2011 at 12:52 am

WHOA. …As AWESOME as that is, it’ll be a challenge to sell!
And am I the only one that is reminded of that terrifying scene in “Fire in the Sky” when I look at the bedroom shot? Man, that was one CREEPY movie…

Autumn Van Weir October 10, 2011 at 8:20 am

That kitchen makes me want to bake something awesome.

Wayne October 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm

One day when I have infinite funds, I’ll do a steampunk place. It won’t look anything like that. That just looks like too many “favorite” items and not enough editing.

Now if you had the money for nice actual antique fixtures and furnishings, and could combine them with well done steampunk items, like these, that would be amazing.


shabbychick October 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm

For some strange reason this house makes me think of Johnny Depp and Edward Scissorhands. Hmmmm……

Wendy October 10, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I just finished reading my kids the Lorax. I realized this reminds me of a Dr. Seuss house. Fun, but not for me (though I do admire Steampunk clothing fashions).

Home Lighting October 12, 2011 at 4:05 am

The interior is fantastic! Very retro-looking!

Katie October 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

My guess for the toadstool in the shower is so you can sit down to shave your legs. That is what I would do with it at least :)

Juan October 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Just a guess on the toadstool, but it could be a reference to Jeff Vandermeer’s excellent steampunk inspired city of Ambergris, which was invaded by a fungus. Not 100% on that, but seems as logical as any other explanation.

NJ Cellulose Insulation Contractor January 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I have only ever heard of people dressing up in the steampunk style. Never imagined a house! Very interesting of course, but I must agree it is too busy.



Hari April 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I would go bat-shit crazy living in a place that even remotely resembles that.

Hari April 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I would go bat-shit crazy living in a place that even remotely resembles that…

Also cleaning would be a nightmare.

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