Here’s a distinctive rental — a split level loft with 20-foot ceilings in a former dance hall. It’s at 318 Grand Street in Williamsburg, the former site of the Grand Paradise Ballroom, which opened circa 1925 and was a hot spot for big bands back in the day before it closed in the 1970s.
It was revived in 2000 as a rental building with 29 units, one being this 1,500-square-foot number, on the second floor. It’s a striking space, with a vast living area and an upper mezzanine railed by a cast-iron balustrade.
It’s a corner space with many a window, including some sweet arched ones on the upper level. There’s a good-sized “gallery” in the front, and an open steel staircase leading to the upper level.
It’s listed as a two-bedroom, which is a bit of a head-scratcher as there’s no real bedroom to speak of, or at least not one with a door that closes. The mezzanine would be the obvious place to rest one’s head, but it’s not a shareable setup.
The bathroom is pretty drab and minimalist for this price point and lacks a medicine cabinet or even a mirror. The galley kitchen is a lot better, with a stone countertop and new appliances.
The building offers laundry, a roof deck and bike storage.
Listed by Ernest Hill of Halstead, the place wants $6,582, a not inconsiderable sum for a place that, as noted, is not designed for sharing. It’s a cool space, though — like the look of it?
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