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TriBeCa Loft Tour Offers Glimpse of Fancy Homes

By Christian McLamb | September 24, 2013 5:28pm
 These three homes are some of the homes that will be displayed on October 20th for the Tribeca Tour. This tour gives everybody the insight on how some people live in New York City.
Preview of Tribeca Loft Tour
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TRIBECA — New Yorkers can get a glimpse at how some of their wealthiest neighbors live on a tour of TriBeCa's fanciest lofts next month.

The 14th Annual Inside Tribeca Loft Tour on Oct. 20 will feature 10 to 12 never-before-seen homes, including one with an indoor basketball court and another constructed from recycled materials such as old subway cars.

"This tour gives us a sneak peek of how these individuals live and decorate their homes," said Jennifer McAllister-Nevins, a board member of Friends of Duane Park. "This is a real treat to view these never-before-seen homes."

The $60 advance tickets for the tour will benefit the Friends of Duane Park and the money will go to the maintenance of the park and nearby Bogardus Garden and Plaza.

One home on the tour, owned by interior designer Kate Stewart, is filled with items from New York City artists, including lighting fixtures and a custom-made wooden countertop.

"It’s unique because I wanted to support local artists," said Stewart, who just moved into the apartment in May.

Another home on the tour is a three-story loft with a glass-walled staircase.

"I could have asked for them to remove the glass but it looked so beautiful I decided to leave it," said the homeowner, who requested anonymity.

The homeowner said she chose the sprawling loft because it fits up to 80 people on the first floor and terrace alone.

"I love to throw parties and potlucks so I bought this place because it holds a large amount of people," she said.

One of the most family-friendly lofts on the tour belongs to Lisa Davis, a mother of five who bought an adjacent unit to enlarge her space. Unique features include elevated beds above the doorway to one of the the children's rooms, which the kids can access using a ladder or a set of stairs.

"Everybody here has their own space but we like to stay close when home," Davis said.

The Inside Tribeca Loft Tour will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20. Advance tickets cost $60 and day-of tickets cost $65. The tour, which has only 400 tickets, is expected to sell out.