The 1,800-square-foot pre-war loft in the Northside Arts Industries Condominium is as classic as it gets, with impossibly high ceilings, exposed brick, wood beams and pipes and a flexible layout. The New York Times tells us that the building was developed back in 1983, when the neighborhood’s north side was a burned-out jumble of factories, ethnic enclaves and a smattering of artists. The latter had come to escape Soho rents, taking over abandoned factories and warehouses and paying rents that averaged around $550 a month for a one-bedroom apartment. In 1986, a loft space in the building could be rented for $5 a square foot. Today, a sprawling home at 119 North 11th Street asks $8,500 a month ($57 a foot) and the trendy and amenity-packed neighborhood’s artists have (mostly) escaped eastward once again.
In what was–before the fortuitous 1983 conversion–a vacant factory in the neighborhood’s northern waterfront area, this stunning three-bedroom corner home is in the epicenter of Williamsburg’s cultural mecca. Within, light fills the space through 11 factory-sized windows and two exposures. The fully-upgraded living and dining area can fit the whole crowd for loft parties and other celebrations.
A modern loft kitchen boasts granite countertops and an outsized island, a stainless steel cooktop, oven and microwave, a Blomberg dishwasher and a Fisher and Paykal refrigerator.
A tranquil master suite offers two large closets and an en-suite bath with a washer-dryer.
A full guest bedroom has a second bath, and a third bedroom is narrow but ready for living, keeping move-in renovation-free.
The building may still have the charm of an early loft, but unlike many artists’ encampments, it comes complete with heating, coin-operated laundry, a freight elevator and an on-site super–and a nearby Whole Foods. But just like the Williamsburg of old, a roof deck offers the same seductive Manhattan views.
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Neighborhoods : Williamsburg