A renovated multi-use building in Sea Cliff — a three-bedroom, one-bath house above 2,200 square feet of office space — is on the market for $1.765 million.
The commercial space housed a pharmacy in the 1920s. Later it became an ice cream and soda fountain shop. The area now contains four private offices, six cubicles and a conference room with parking under the raised 1890 home.
The living space features original floors, plaster molding and 9-foot ceilings as well as a 1,425-square-foot wraparound terrace.
Owner Joseph Reilly Jr., an architect whose offices occupy the ground level, says he painstakingly restored dozens of deteriorated tin panels on both the ceiling and walls. “I used indirect uplighting to accentuate their natural historic beauty,” he says. “This lighting illuminates the historic tins all while eliminating the annoyance of computer screen glare. A definite win for saving the history.”
He says he also added additional lighting to accent curved storefront glass when he purchased the property in 1998. This glass was original until repairs were needed. The process of replicating and replacing the glass for the window was featured on The Science Channel’s TV show “How Do They Do It.”
Reilly says he often contemplates the building being developed at a time when it was advantageous for a shop owner to be able to live so close his business. “I can even picture a Sea Cliff resident falling ill and needing the pharmacist to assist them in the middle of the night,” Reilly says. “Today we see the emergence, or re-emergence, of ‘live work environments.’ It truly seems that what was once old can be and will become new again.”
The property is listed with Christina Volz of Branch Real Estate Group.