Fun Loft in Celebrity-Filled Former Candy Factory Seeks Buyer

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015, by Hana R. Alberts
March 10, 2015

The self-proclaimed Leather King—a.k.a. Mitch Alfus, who owns a leather- and animal-skins supplier and also looks like a man who does—wants out of the ginormous Lafayette Street apartment where he's lived for a decade. Alfus just put the four-bedroom, 3.5-bath unit on the market for $11.5 million, which is quite a bit more than the $3.4M he originally paid. Though it's clear the place is renovated, since it used to look like this, he added a bedroom and made other design-forward changes. Take this one: there's now "a deep-soaking Waterworks tub is on display—a sexy focal point for the room, which includes a sitting area." The building, which served as the Hawley & Hoops candy factory in the 19th century before it was converted to condos in the 1990s, is also a celebrity favorite, 285 Lafayette counts among its residents (past and present) David Bowie and Iman, Courtney Love, "Frasier" actor Saul Rubinek, and hotelier Ian Schrager.

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EXQUISITELY REDESIGNED AND BACK ON MARKET! No. 285 LAFAYETTE  STREET FULL SERVICE LUXURY CONDOMINIUM  FOUR BEDROOM---TIMELESSLY ELEGANT LUXURY LOFT SALE OFFERING EXQUISITELY REDESIGNED AND BACK ON MARKET! No. 285 LAFAYETTE STREET FULL SERVICE LUXURY CONDOMINIUM FOUR BEDROOM---TIMELESSLY ELEGANT LUXURY LOFT SALE OFFERING
$11,500,000
Jessica C. Campbell Jessica C. Campbell
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson