It’s Free to Look: 262 Mott Street

It took quite the makeover to turn this Civil War armory into a stunning Nolita loft. Now with several hundred pounds of guns and ammunition gone, the space is definitely not cluttered—not with 3,200 square feet and nary a wall in sight.

The "respectful" renovation, according to the Douglas Elliman listing, preserved a few happy memories of the 1860s, including wood-beamed ceilings and columns. For $4.25 million, the second-floor condo has three bedrooms, including a brightly painted room for the kids (above). It's so airy, even the bathroom walls are translucent. But the real appeal lies in the massive living area, with 16 windows and copious open space.

The neighborhood around the condo at 262 Mott Street has been filled with tension—from Civil War draft riots to Catholic-Protestant squabbles outside the old St. Patrick's Cathedral across the street. Today, it's one of the most sought-after streets in Nolita, with cute boutiques and the homey smell of grilled corn coming from Café Habana on the corner. — Laura Kusisto

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Only in New York! A Civil War-era armory has become a delightful condo, with a colorful room for the kiddies. Aww…

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