Williamsburg

Cool Listings, Williamsburg

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.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, real estate trends, Williamsburg

Model Agyness Deyn apartment, Model Agyness Deyn address, Model Agyness Deyn loft, 85 North 3rd Street

A renovated 2,911 square-foot corner loft in Williamsburg‘s Mill Building at 85 North 3rd Street just hit the market for $3.6 million. The spacious loft condominium with dramatic open spaces and original details is the former home of Brit model Agyness Deyn, who bought the Northside pad for $1.97 million in 2008 and sold it in 2012 for $2.175M.

New owners have given it a rustic-luxe update and hope to keep the upward trend going, with a current ask of $3.65 million. An expensive loft in the ‘burg wouldn’t faze us, (and the building has an impressive menu of amenities–doorman, garage, roof deck–for a loft), but the tax bill was a shocker: Taxes on the pricy pad are a mere–as per the listing–”unheard-of $24 a year,” due to a J-51 exemption and tax abatement in effect until 2025.

Find out why the taxes are so low

Cool Listings, Interiors, Williamsburg

296 Manhattan Avenue, Williamsburg, townhouse

A townhouse on the market is pretty rare in Williamsburg—this is the neighborhood better known for loft apartments and waterfront condos. But this single-family townhouse at 296 Manhattan Avenue is now on the rental market for $13,995 a month. It has been designed with the hipster in mind, with plenty of exposed brick, wooden ceiling beams, and even “locally sourced” hardwood floors.

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City Living, Features, Goldilocks Blocks, Williamsburg

Goldilocks Blocks: Hope Street in Williamsburg

By Michelle Cohen, Wed, October 22, 2014

Hope Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Between hyper-developed hotspots, main drags in up-and-comers, and those genuinely avoidable areas, there can often be found a city’s “just-right” zones. They aren’t commonly known, but these micro-neighborhoods often hide within them real estate gems coupled with perfectly offbeat vibes. Continuing our Goldilocks Blocks series, this week we look at Hope Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

It’s hard to imagine any corner of Williamsburg that doesn’t embody some form of the neighborhood’s upscale hipster paradise. With the opening of The Gorbals restaurant–to excellent reviews–atop the 6th Street Urban Outfitters on the North Side and the South Side sprouting condos and charter schools, the term “prime Williamsburg” has become meaningless. But in every district there are places that retain that charming, slightly unruly je ne sais quoi. The four blocks that comprise Hope Street fit this description.

What makes Hope Street so ‘just right?’

Brooklyn, Cool Listings, Interiors, Williamsburg

411 Kent Ave, Williamsburg

Every once in a while a real estate opportunity comes along that is too good to pass up, and this former firehouse at 411 Kent Avenue on the Williamsburg waterfront is a perfect example. The very definition of a creative Brooklyn loft, the existing 3,300-square foot, two-story building features massive open spaces, high ceilings, huge windows, multiple skylights, original wood floors, exposed brick, and completely exposed wood ceiling joists.

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Brooklyn, Cool Listings, Interiors, Williamsburg

66 North 1st Street, Factory Lofts, Williamsburg real estate, Robert Scarano

Restored from one of Williamsburg’s original turn-of-the-century factory buildings, the Factory Lofts at 66 North 1st Street made headlines for its unusual and controversial rooftop addition by architect Robert Scarano. But now that the dust has settled, this adaptive reuse project offers some of the most hip residences in Williamsburg.

Known for making the most of every inch of square footage, the Brooklyn-born Scarano has a knack for thoughtfully designed spaces like this one-bedroom condo with a mezzanine loft — his signature design element.

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Brooklyn, Cool Listings, Interiors, Williamsburg

The Gretsch 60 Broadway 10CD

In our humble opinion putting down roots in New York City should be on everyone’s bucket list. And that’s exactly what Friedrich Gretsch, an immigrant from Mannheim, Germany did in 1883, when he founded a small musical instrument shop in Brooklyn that later became a dynasty still in existence today. In 1916, as The Gretsch Company expanded, his son moved the operation to a mammoth ten-story factory at 60 Broadway in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, now the site of this luxury residential condominium conversion by architect Karl Fischer and interior designer Andres Escobar & Associates completed in 2003.

Read on to see why this apartment is music to our ears – and eyes

Interiors, New Developments, Rentals, Williamsburg

139 North 10th Street, Printhouse Lofts, living room

If you follow Williamsburg real estate news, you likely read about a lot of glassy waterfront towers and swanky hotels.  It’s refreshing, therefore, to hear about the Printhouse Lofts, a new residential development housed in a 104-year-old manufacturing building that seamlessly blends historic character with modern design.

Located at 139 North 10th Street, the site originally housed a printmaking company and was later a toy factory.  After failed conversion attempts by two different developers, Greystone bought the property last year for $15.8 million and undertook an adaptive reuse project that resulted in 36 fabulous apartments.

Take a tour through one of these stunners

Cool Listings, Interiors, Williamsburg

500 Driggs Ave, Williamsburg

When this steam factory was built in 1900 one might have been hard-pressed to convince anyone it would house elegant loft-style living over a century later — with a monthly rent nearly 8x greater than what most New Yorkers made in a year! Preposterous!

Yet, here we are in 2014, totally bowled over by this simply gorgeous Williamsburg penthouse at 500 Driggs Avenue in the heart of the North side.

See how early 20th century charm meets modern day living

Cool Listings, Interiors, Williamsburg

Two Northside Piers 47 North 4th St PH

Once upon a time there was a scrappy little warehouse district in Brooklyn that birthed some of the largest industrial firms in the nation: Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Astral Oil (later Standard Oil), Brooklyn Flint Glass (later Corning Ware) and the Havemeyer and Elder sugar refinery (later Amstar and Domino), to name a few. And along the waterfront, among the docks, shipyards, mills and refineries, breweries such as Schaefer, Rheingold and Schlitz dotted the landscape.

While many of the factories still stand, most have been converted to luxury residential buildings, with Northside Piers being the very first residential development at the waterfront of Williamsburg.

Toll Brothers’s full-service condominium takes full advantage of its location, offering residents a 400-foot-long recreation pier and stunning views of the New York City skyline. And this rare-to-the-market Two Northside Piers 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom duplex penthouse at 47 North 4th Street, with two large balconies, is just as dazzling.

Right this way to see the many sides of this exquisite penthouse….