When the current owners of this condo at 119 North 11th Street in Williamsburg bought the two-bedroom pad five years ago, it was in need of some major TLC. Its historic bones–brick walls, beamed ceilings, and exposed piping–got lost in drab white walls and yellowed parquet floors. But after an extensive gut renovation, the apartment displays both its loft features and hip, modern additions. Now, the owners have enlisted the same broker team to sell their home for $2,985,000.
Our series “My sqft” checks out the homes of New Yorkers across all the boroughs. Our latest interior adventure brings us to Jeanie Engelbach’s East Village apartment. Want to see your home featured here? Get in touch!
One might assume that a professional organizer’s home would be streamlined and sparse, but before our current obsession with ridding our homes of everything that doesn’t “spark joy,” home organization had many different forms. Case in point–Jeanie Engelbach’s East Village apartment. Jeanie started her career creating professional scrapbooks and soon landed a role as the visual manager at ABC Carpet & Home. Her knack for mixing styles, integrating color and pattern, and not taking design too seriously started attracting the attention of clients, and before long she was helping them not only organize their homes but create spaces representative of their personalities as apartmentjeanie. And this is on display nowhere more than her one-bedroom rental at the new 14th Street development EVGB.
Jeanie moved into her pad about a year ago, after living for nearly 25 years at an apartment building down the street. She loved developer Extell’s attention to detail and the building’s amenities. But she also loved the layout of the space, which allowed her to put up the funky wallpaper she’d been eyeing for years, set up displays for her collections (at last count, she had 650 Piz dispensers), and still keep the place feeling bright and orderly. We recently paid Jeanie and her bulldog Tater Tot a visit to check out these retro, kitschy collections in person (she also collects bobbleheads, vintage lunchboxes, and Carnival Chalkware), see how she infused a touch of pinup-glam, and learn about her organizational skills.
Located at Grace Court Alley in the heart of Brooklyn Heights, this charming red brick carriage house has just hit the market for $3,950,000. Originally built in 1895, the residence was recently restored by the current owner—an interior designer and teacher—who added a series of elegant touches, including brand new floors throughout, a balcony on the second floor, and an in-ground fountain in the back garden. The house is right at the end of the quiet block—which doesn’t allow street parking—so you’ll be removed from the typical noise and traffic of the city.
A few years ago designers Merrill Lyons and Charles Brill started the full renovation of their Gowanus townhouse, which involved “gutting it down to the brick facade, beams, and stair railings” and adding a deck in the back. The results—worthy of a feature in Dwell Magazine—mix the historic townhouse bones with modern lines and pops of color. With three bedrooms, space to spread out outdoors, and an inviting ambiance throughout, the residence is very family-friendly. The garden level is currently an income-generating rental unit, but it could be incorporated into the upper floors to create a larger single-family residence. Originally built in 1901, this completely transformed property is now on the market for $3,195,000.
In the charming Clinton Hill neighborhood near the buzzy Navy Yard, this two-bedroom co-op at 153 Clinton Avenue checks all the “just right” boxes. Asking $650,000, the bright and airy home has two large–but not too large–bedrooms, a spacious living/dining room, a cute kitchen and lots of closets. It has just enough of everything–including a wall of exposed brick–to be a cool and cozy home.
Photos by Elizabeth Dooley, courtesy of Compass
Renovated brownstones may be lovely, but once you’ve seen a few, they tend to blend together in a blur of pale walls and chandeliers. This Prospect Heights gem at 130 St. Marks Avenue is a very intact two-family home complete with restored wood trim and paneling that resembles neither a museum nor the usual house-tour staple. Color sets each room apart, and, as the listing points out, updates were done with an artist’s eye to highlight old details while adding modern design. As configured, the home, asking $4.575 million, has a five-bedroom owner’s triplex and a one-bedroom rental apartment on the garden floor. There’s plenty of charm left over for private outdoor spaces as well, including the little-known neighborhood bonus of an extra-long back yard.
According to the listing for The Penthouse at One Hundred Barclay, the Tribeca building, designed in 1927 by renowned architect of the era Ralph Walker, is the world’s first Art Deco skyscraper. This 14,500-square-foot duplex penthouse is the crowning glory of its 21st century life. In addition to bragging rights to one of the largest living rooms in New York City at over 3,000 square feet, a mere $39.95 million–nearly $20 million less than the property’s original asking price of $59 million–gets you unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty, Hudson River and New York City skyline.
My 1,100sqft: Pizza pundit Scott Wiener’s Midwood home holds the world’s largest pizza box collection, Tue, May 7, 2019
Our series “My sqft” checks out the homes of New Yorkers across all the boroughs. Our latest interior adventure brings us to Scott Wiener’s Midwood apartment. Want to see your home featured here? Get in touch!
How does one person amass 1,471 pizza boxes you may ask? After spending a few minutes with Scott Wiener, this will seem like a silly question. Scott founded Scott’s Pizza Tours 11 years ago, and since his first tour, he has become NYC’s resident pizza expert. In addition to his company’s signature bus tours, it now hosts daily walking tours, and Scott is often cited in both gastronomy and historical publications. But the real reason people from all over the world are keen to send Scott one of their pizza boxes is his genuine personality.
Whether he’s talking about the different types of flour used to make dough or discussing how he used 19th-century tax maps to unearth the various coal-fired ovens that once existed in the city, you can’t help give Scott your full attention; his passion is contagious. And he’s just a really nice guy. When a couple recently got engaged on his tour, Scott told us that he had been texting for months with the groom to make sure everything was perfect. 6sqft recently paid Scott a visit at his Midwood apartment and got to learn even more about him, from how he developed his pizza passion to what an average day looks like. Of course, we also got a behind-the-scenes look at that record-setting pizza box collection. Read more
Listing images by Ken Chen of Evan Joseph; courtesy of Compass
This townhouse is located in the heart of the West Village, but since it’s nestled within the gated Greenwich Mews at 687 Greenwich Street, it gives the feel of being in a suburban enclave with extra privacy, a dedicated parking garage, and an enclosed courtyard. Combining a great city address with country-living vibes, this elegant residence was recently renovated into a modern three-bedroom home spanning over four levels. It’s currently on the rental market, seeking $27,500 a month.
Listing images by Allison Lubow
This flexible duplex at 246 Fifth Avenue in Park Slope feels more like a townhouse with its wood-burning fireplace and a dreamy outdoor space that’s perfect as both your quiet retreat and the venue for your next party. Currently being used as a three bedroom, the residence features charming material details—there’s both white-washed and exposed brick—and some cool layout features, including a private lofted area in one of the bedrooms. The unique listing is fresh on the market for $1.595 million.