Rental pick of the week

A Bushwick one-bedroom duplex in a former church, for $3,543

By Nikki M. Mascali | December 11, 2018 - 12:00PM 

You get tons of space in this apartment but you pay a premium to live here.


Apartments in former churches are not unique in NYC. With the high cost of building, and some congregations dwindling, sometimes it makes economic sense to repurpose a religious building into living space. But even so, an apartment like 618 Bushwick Ave., #H312H, in a former 19th century Lutheran church, is an usual place to live.

Of course, living with cathedral ceilings and arched windows will cost you. The gross rent of $3,543 is well above the average asking rent Bushwick, $2,254, according to StreetEasy. A 12-month lease comes with six weeks free.

Apartments in this building, The Saint Marks, tend to command high rents. Earlier this year, a one-bedroom, one-bath triplex in its clocktower broke a neighborhood record with its $5,700-a-month rent, Bushwick Daily reported.

The apartment has 30-foot ceilings with new oak floors, central AC, and an open floor plan on the first floor and a private roof deck.

The kitchen has stainless steel GE appliances (which includes a dishwasher), and a decent amount of smallish-looking cabinets. Luckily, it's sizable enough to fit other storage and a table without eating into the space in the living room.

The bright and airy living room has a large arched window that appears to look out onto a tree-lined street.

A staircase leads from the living room up to the narrow bedroom, which looks like it can fit a queen-sized bed. However, its placement may be tricky as one wall is occupied by the black metal ladder—yes, ladder—that goes up to the unit’s private roof deck.

In the opposite corner, a door opens into the bedroom, and it’s unknown if it leads into the bath or to the stairs.

The listing has no photos of the bath or the apartment’s private roof deck, so there’s no way to know their size, condition, or view. There’s also no mention of closets or what floor the bath is located on, so that’s something else to keep in mind.

The Saint Marks is an elevator building with laundry on every floor, a private parking lot and garage, bike storage, Fios, and two communal roof decks.

The former church is just a stone’s throw from tons of restaurants and bars, including Happyfun Hideaway, Little Skips, Birdy’s and vegan pastry shop Brooklyn Whiskers.  

If you have a green thumb or are yearning to dirty your hands with urban farming, Bushwick City Farm is a five-minute walk away on Stockton Street. Fear not, non-farming types, Food Bazaar Supermarket’s Myrtle Avenue location is about five minutes away as well.

As for transit, if you hear "Bushwick" and think "L train shutdown," consider that the Myrtle Avenue J, M, Z subway station is just three minutes away. 


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