It’s not often we see a house in Williamsburg with any details left, but this one has some. There’s a mantel, a tin ceiling, and some wood door and windows moldings. We’re not sure what’s going on with the brick bas-relief walls in the living room, but it’s probably removable textured panelling covering up the plaster.
The listing says “bring your architect immediately,” which sounds a little bit dire. Only 16 feet wide, the house is set up as a three-family. The listing says the mechanicals have been updated. There are no pictures of the kitchens or baths.
Do you think it’s an interesting renovation opportunity for an ask of $1,155,000?
A newly constructed rental building at 150 Broadway in Williamsburg launched leasing just before Thanksgiving and is already discounting its rents, Curbed reported. Ideal Properties is marketing the building, which has dropped asking rents on all five of its units by $50 to $450 this week.
The developer is restaurateur Vittorio Antonini, who owns La Lanterna de Vittorio and Enoteca in the Village. Rents on the no-fee apartments range from $2,800 for a studio to $5,950 for a three-bedroom with two bathrooms.
The building is new construction but has some old elements, such as the fireplaces, Curbed noted. Click through to the jump for more shots of the interior. What do you think of the units and the pricing?
Apple is “looking closely” at Two Trees’ BAM South site and a converted brick factory building on Bedford between North 3rd and North 4th for its first Brooklyn location, The Real Deal reported. Rumors have been flying about Apple’s first Brooklyn store since 2008, but so far none have come to pass, including a location on Bedford and North 7th. Neither Apple nor its brokers, Open Realty Advisors, commented on the story.
TRD quoted four anonymous sources who contradicted each other. Two said the tech giant is interested in the planned 381-unit rental at 286 Ashland Place known as BAM South (pictured), just a stone’s throw from the Barclay’s Center in Fort Greene. Another two “disputed that information,” said TRD, alleging the current frontrunner is 247 Bedford Avenue, owned by RedSky Capital and Waterbridge Capital.
The Two Trees development has the high-rise metal and glass aesthetic that Apple seems to favor, particularly in its 5th Avenue and Chelsea stores. However, the Soho store is in a converted loft building much like 247 Bedford.
Apple currently has five Manhattan stores: Soho, 5th Avenue, Chelsea, Upper West Side and Grand Central. And they have a sixth one in Staten Island. What do you think would be the ideal spot for them in Brooklyn?
This won’t be the first home in Williamsburg made out of shipping containers, but it’s still an interesting bit of architecture. Curbed got wind of the three-story, single-family home going up at 2 Monitor Street in East Williamsburg. Designed by LOT-EK, the house will be made of 21 stacked shipping containers sliced diagonally in varying shapes.
The slanted design allows for outdoor space on every level, including a small pool, an outdoor deck and a built-in BBQ pit. On the ground floor, the diagonal cut creates space for a driveway leading into a garage, as well as a cellar. The first floor has an “open kitchen, dining and living room,” and “the area right above the slanted floor holds a media/family room with tiered, bleacher-style seating,” according to LOT-EK. Then the kids’ bedrooms are on the second floor, and the master bed/bath is on the third.
We’ve included more renderings and pictures after the jump. What do you think of the design?
Developer Waterbridge Capital is planning a six-story mixed-use apartment building at 280 Metropolitan Avenue between Driggs and Roebling in Williamsburg. New building applications filed last week indicate the building will have 27 units totaling 22,864 square feet of residential space, and the first floor will have 4,374 square feet of commercial space. It will also have 14 enclosed parking spaces. Waterbridge bought the 34-foot-by-100-foot lot back in April for $3,130,000, according to PropertyShark. The lot currently houses a two-story warehouse, and demolition permits have not yet been filed to take it down. GMAP
A new Williamsburg rental building at 544 Union Avenue called The Union has started marketing some of its finished units, Curbed reports. The Karl Fischer-designed glass monolith has apartments ranging from a studio renting for $2,292 to a two-bedroom for $3,988 a month. Several of its retail spaces are up for grabs as well, with the largest one (4,089 square feet) asking $20,000 a month. The renderings also show that the 85-unit building could have a rooftop cabana and a putting green. The building’s other amenities include a media room, gym, concierge, doorman, health club, and yoga room. Construction is expected to wrap in 2014. And in case you’re confused, this is not the same as the other Williamsburg rental building called The Union, which hit the market in 2011 and is at 568 Union Avenue.
The new ice-skating rink that’s been carved out of part of McCarren Pool in Williamsburg will open tomorrow at 11 am, Free Williamsburg reports. The 7,200-square-foot rink will be open seven days a week from 11 am to 10 pm until the first week in January. It can accommodate up to 300 skaters, who can use the pool lockers and other facilities in the locker rooms.
The Hanson Brothers will provide offbeat concessions, like hot dogs with pulled pork and pickled jalapeños, black bean burgers, a “pot roast” melt with brisket, mirepoix relish and sour cream potato sauce, and red eye chicory coffee. Head over to Grub Street to see the whole menu. Ticket prices will be $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and $4 for children. Skate rentals will cost $5. The rink will also host a pro shop and skate sharpening, as well as skate classes, clinics and demonstrations.
This two-family house at 66 South 3rd Street in Williamsburg might appeal to a buyer who is looking for a 19th century townhouse in the area and wants to renovate. Although the rental unit on the top floor has been completely gutted, the finishes are cheap and could use an upgrade. Downstairs, the owners duplex has been less altered but needs work, judging by the photos. A buyer might want to redo the PermaStone facade as well. The listing says the rental income is high but doesn’t specify what it is. Considering condition and location, do you think the ask of $1,649,000 is reasonable?
Now this is a real loft. The 2,000-square-foot space on the third floor of 119 North 11th Street in Williamsburg is nothing if not authentic. Big wood beams, tons of windows, open layout. Given what a high rent district North Williamsburg has become it’s safe to assume that whoever buys this place will at the very least want to upgrade the kitchen, but that’s why it’s priced at $1,750,000 — well below what neighboring “luxury” apartments would go for.
It looks like construction is chugging along for the three residential buildings going up next to the Hotel Le Jolie at Meeker and Withers. Two of the buildings already have all four stories constructed, and a smaller trapezoidal building is slowly rising at the corner of the lot. The buildings are all addressed separately at 44, 46 and 50 Withers Streets. As we’ve reported previously, 44 and 46 Withers are going to be four-story, three-unit residential buildings. And 50 Withers will house a four-story mixed-use building zoned for commercial use on the first floor and two residential units.
We took a tour of the long-delayed rental development at 64 Bayard, which starts leasing today. Halstead Property Development Marketing will release 20 of the building’s 53 units today, and expects to release more of them over the weekend. They already have a waiting list of 90 people. The development is actually two six-story buildings — 64 Bayard and 61 Richardson — housing 28 and 25 units respectively.
Most of the units are one-bedroom apartments, with a couple studios, two- and three-bedrooms thrown in. The apartments range from $2,900 a month for a 549-square-foot studio to $8,900 a month for a 1,274-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bath penthouse unit with a private roof terrace. Three units on the first floor — a two-bedroom and two one-bedrooms — are renting for $5,950 and $4,600 because each of them has an 800-square-foot private patio. However, 64 Bayard’s average apartment is a 750-square-foot one-bedroom that rents for about $3,400 a month. Witold Brend of Brend Development Corporation has been the developer since the project was announced six years ago, and GreenbergFarrow architects designed the two buildings.
The apartments have triple-paned windows for noise reduction, white oak floors, 9- to 10-foot ceilings, Bosch stainless steel microwaves, dishwashers and washer/dryers, as well as caesarstone countertops. Shared amenities include a roof deck, parking garage and bike storage. It’s also across the street from the renovated McCarren Pool and skate park, and down the road from the rest of McCarren Park.
A seven-story, 133-unit residential development is planned for 125 Borinquen Place near the BQE in Williamsburg, according to a plan exam application filed last month. The mixed-use building will have 89,205 square feet of residential space, 977 square feet of commercial space and 68 enclosed parking spaces. DJLU Architect is the architect of record. The L-shaped corner lot still houses a one-story building, and the DOB has not approved demo applications for it. The property, which has frontage on Borinquen Place, Rodney Street and South 1st, has had the same owner since the early ’70s, according to PropertyShark. GMAP