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Fantasy rental: A full-floor SoHo loft with historic details

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This rental is out of reach for most of us, but it's fun to fantasize about living in a rambling, prewar SoHo loft whose historic grandeur is infused with New York City edge. The two-bedroom occupies the entire floor of a boutique building, and features exposed brick and a clawfoot tub, along with the modern conveniences of up-to-date appliances and central air. It's listed by CORE for a steep $14,500 per month, but note that the price has already come down a couple times from an initial $17,500—and perhaps will again, with a little negotiating. 

A private keyed elevator leads you into a living room illuminated by a wall of windows; the space is made striking by exposed brick walls and iron columns. A separate dining area has a similarly industrial-meets-elegant feel, while the open kitchen is updated and contemporary, with gleaming cabinetry and new, high-end appliances. 

The sprawling master bedroom delivers contrasting textures, with its exposed brick walls and smooth hardwood floors; it's lightened due to multiple exposures, and includes a walk-in closet. The second bedroom sits adjacent and while a bit narrower, also comes with ample closet space. 

The apartment's interiors are visually stimulating, and the bathrooms are no exception: The first has a slightly noir-ish, Victorian vibe, plus a deep clawfoot tub; the second is considerably lighter and includes a lovely steam shower and tub, as well as a bidet. 

The unit includes a small laundry room with washer and dryer; pets are permitted, and you can rent the space furnished or unfurnished.