This Williamsburg apartment takes full advantage of its soaring, 18-foot ceilings lined with concrete beams. The lofty living room features floor-to-ceiling, built-in bookshelves that require a ladder to fully access, four massive casement windows, and a loft with a glass wall that overlooks the soaring space. Located at the Esquire Lofts at 330 Wythe Avenue—a former shoe polish factory—this apartment spans 1,450 square feet and includes two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Though the building is a condo this unit has been on the rental market for years, last asking $4,200 a month in 2011. Since then it’s taken a big leap in monthly rent up to $7,500 a month.
330 Wythe Avenue
Another big bi-level loft is for sale in the Esquire Lofts, one of Williamsburg‘s more iconic factory condo conversion buildings. Built in 1914, the former shoe polish factory at 330 Wythe Avenue offers the essence of loft living with 2,146 square feet of open space with the added bonus of the waterfront neighborhood’s direct views of the East River and the Manhattan skyline. Currently configured with two bedrooms, the space could sleep three or four. It’s currently on the market (for the first time as a resale) for $3.195 million.
Williamsburg was once a neighborhood known for its big, open loft spaces. While those lofts may have gone condo and acquired dog-washing stations and compost centers, they’re still very much in existence. Case in point: this cavernous loft in the totally 21st century Esquire Lofts at 330 Wythe Avenue, just a hair south of the ‘burg’s decidedly factory-to-fancy Northside, on the rental market for $6,500 a month.
This impressive space in a former shoe polish factory–built in 1914 and converted to condos in 2000–is listed as a one-bedroom, but it’s a duplex (in the loft sense of the word), and though there’s no floor plan, it claims a sizable 1,600 square feet. One of the best things about lofts–even well-groomed ones–is that no two are alike; former residents have carved out unique living and sometimes working spaces, and this is no exception. The standout feature here would have to be that custom-milled raised wooden storage platform.
Coming straight from Williamsburg, the Brooklyn neighborhood that’s perhaps best known for its stock of loft apartments, is the ultimate loft at 330 Wythe Avenue. This is at the Esquire loft building, a pre-war building that now has its own dog washing station, common terrace, and compost center. While the building’s gone condo, this apartment is up for rent asking $7,500 a month. It’s been billed “the coolest loft apartment in Williamsburg,” according to the listing. Do you think it fits the bill?