From Canal Street to Houston Street, from Lafayette to the Hudson River.
Many of SoHo’s expansive apartments were built in the 19th Century, when the use of cast iron for building fronts allowed for larger windows than traditional brick buildings. The broad windows were used to shed light on factories and offices, which were then converted into the sun-bathed SoHo co-op and condo lofts we know today. In fact, the historic district in SoHo has the largest concentration of cast-iron architecture anywhere in the world, though SoHo’s manufacturers have given way to artists, fashion designers and Wall Street types seeking light and space in their apartments.
Contemporary SoHo is Manhattan’s go-to neighborhood for all things chic. Yet its deeply avant-garde roots give the area a distinctive edge. You’ll walk a cobbled road as you approach a high-end designer shop; you’ll sip a frothy coffee as you stride past cast-iron buildings of old. It’s this inviting medley that makes living in SoHo so exciting SoHo stretches from Houston Street on the north to Canal Street on the south, and from Lafayette Street on the east to the Hudson River on the west. Centuries-old buildings and narrow roads paved with Belgian blocks lend the area a venerable feel. It’s a bit like peeking into ‘forgotten’ New York City—an area that doesn’t stray far from its artisanal roots.
Brimming with character and history, SoHo is a neighborhood where post-Civil War homes are just as relevant as neon-lit clothing stores. It’s easily accessible via the A, B, C, D, E, F, M, N, R and Q lines, along with the 1 and the 6. SoHo real estate is some of the finest in Manhattan, and you’ll find many distinctive options in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District. Dating from the 19th century, the area’s historic buildings feature imposing floor-to-ceiling windows that characterize the modern lofts for which SoHo is so renowned. Luxurious condominiums, elaborate rooftop penthouses and single-room studios all coexist in this vibrant, pedestrian-friendly community.
Well-preserved buildings on Spring Street and Elizabeth Street, refurbished with modern amenities, have given rise to SoHo’s evolution from bohemian to hyper-luxurious. In-demand properties are known for their fine balance of old and new—just what you’d expect from the area’s stylish intersection of pre-war SoHo homes and contemporary constructions. During the 18th century, SoHo was home to many fortifications and breastworks of the American Revolution. It was poorly developed at the time, but houses and retail shops quickly popped up once sidewalks and pavement appeared along Broadway and Canal Street. Many of these buildings arose in the Greek Revival style that characterized American housing in the 19th century.
Eventually, ornate façades became the norm, mingling with the growing commercial entities on Broadway. The neighborhood came alive, its thriving economy supporting the bustling SoHo real estate market. Despite a period of economic decline following the Civil War, SoHo regained its footing in the 20th century. It became a refuge of sorts for the creative community, with many artists making their homes in unused, expansive SoHo lofts.
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