6sqft previously featured this unusual property at 257 Berry Street, in the heart of trendy Williamsburg two blocks from the waterfront, when it was being offered as a $12,000/month rental. Now, just 14 months later, the glassy townhouse—whose exterior more resembles the neighborhood’s ubiquitous new construction apartments—is on the market for $4.5 million. Though it may look nondescript-contemporary, the five-story single-family home packs a few impressive surprises, including an adjacent two-story art studio with direct street access and a loading dock.
Built in 2006 and designed by Standard Architects, this 4,624-square-foot single family townhouse is one of the largest and most unique in the neighborhood. Those famous waterfront skyline views are are around every turn, especially from the home’s four terraces. But what you won’t find in most luxury buildings is a double-height art studio/gallery, complete with loading dock and curb cut for parking.
Enter the home and you’ll immediately see a sky-lit steel central staircase. One flight up, the dramatic double-height living and dining rooms overlook a beautifully landscaped terrace.
Adjacent the dining area, a true chef’s kitchen offers steel cabinets, granite countertops, high-end appliances and a commercial grade range and oven as well as direct access to outdoor space.
A light-filled bedroom or study and a powder room complete the main floor.
Upstairs, a mezzanine-level study overlooks the soaring great room below. Two more bedrooms are here–one with an en-suite terrace.
On the top floor a master suite enjoys a skylit bathroom; a spacious private terrace offers sunset views.
Up another steel stairway is the home’s upper terrace, offering panoramic views of the bridge, river and skyline.
Adjacent to the townhouse itself, the studio entry opens into a huge double-height art studio-gallery space. There’a bathroom and a full-height basement as well as direct street access via that super-convenient curb cut and loading dock. It’s worth noting that the current residents are artists, so the studio is the real deal.
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Images courtesy of Sothebys.
Neighborhoods : Williamsburg