A True Classic – The Chelsea Mercantile

One of the most prominent and prestigious condos in Chelsea is the Chelsea Mercantile at 252 7th Ave (between 24th and 25th street). Or as some might call it, “the Whole Foods building”. Personally, I don’t eat healthy enough to get too worked up about Whole Foods. But as it was the chain’s first NYC location, it’s a pretty big deal to most people in the neighborhood. In fact, try and find a Chelsea real estate listing that doesn’t say, “Steps to Whole Foods!”. But organic groceries were the last thing on anyone’s mind when the building was constructed in 1908 as a textile factory called The National Cloak and Suit Company. 90 years later, the building and three surrounding structures were gutted and converted into condos. The Mercantile is 21 floors, 354 units, and is known for its high ceilings and stately limestone facade. The amenities are top shelf: full time doorman and concierge, valet service, gym, playroom, storage, a garden, and a 10,000 SF roofdeck. There’s also a public garage that can be accessed through the lobby. The units all feature stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets, black granite countertops, limestone bathrooms, and to complete the pre-war feeling, many apartments offer fireplaces and exposed brick. The Chelsea Mercantile perfectly represents the appeal of a condo conversion: modern luxury complemented by classic pre-war space and detail. Just something to think about while standing in a long line at you-know-where…

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