This converted East Williamsburg warehouse at 139 Powers Street is of the sort you don’t come by too often anymore. It’s one of those really cool-looking spaces you’d walk by maybe ten or twenty years ago and think, “hey, I’d like to live in this neighborhood” and wonder who lived there and what it looked like inside. As the listing says, it offers “authenticity that is difficult to find.”
The immediate neighborhood is that rare “unspoiled” old-school slice of what was once the ‘burg’s Italian enclave, and still has the vibe of being a mix of old, new, neighborhood-y and Vice-era cool. The two-story property, currently used as a single-family home, spans 3,600 interior square feet in a 25 x 100-foot building and is listed at $2.95 million; the loft currently belongs to local artist Joanne Ungar, and it definitely reflects the owner’s creative tendencies–and green thumb.
In addition to having plenty of perks to make life easier–such as updated mechanicals, laundry, a curb cut for parking and a huge planted roof deck–this versatile space has 15-foot ceilings, exposed brick, beams and columns, poured concrete floors and massive skylights one would like to find in their dream loft.
The home is currently configured as a huge open space, with creatively-designed front and rear sleeping lofts that contain three bedrooms overall.
The spacious, modern eat-in kitchen is at once warm and sleek, with a vented professional-grade range, cool grey wall tile and light wood cabinets.
The sprawling downstairs is divided into cozy living and dining spaces with a huge open studio lit by a massive skylight at the rear, plus one and a half baths.
Upstairs, three bedrooms are on opposite ends, one with an adjacent office; storage space is plentiful. There are no photos, but according to the floorplan there’s a planted, furnished roof deck that runs the length of the building, making for a pretty impressive outdoor space.
There’s definitely flexibility here to create your loft vision, as a home or a live/work space; additional FAR allows for a total of 5,000 square feet. You’re close to the L and G subways and Metropolitan Avenue, and near Williamsburg and Bushwick‘s bounty of dining, shopping and cultural opportunities in every direction–while being on a low-key block without rows of high-rises or hotels to contend with.
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Images courtesy of Corcoran Group
Neighborhoods : Williamsburg