Rental pick of the week

A one-bedroom loft in Williamsburg with an office and private garden, for $6,250

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
September 4, 2019 - 12:00PM

The loft features reclaimed beams and exposed brick.


Williamsburg lofts are coveted in New York City—who wouldn't want a large, open floor plan with edgy industrial details in a buzzy neighborhood? But what you don't always get with a commercial building that's been converted to residential use is access to ground-floor, private outdoor space.

That's what makes this listing stand out: The one-bedroom, one-bath rental, 72 Berry St., #1C in North Williamsburg, offers what you would expect of a industrial conversion, like exposed beams, oversized windows and reclaimed materials—plus an enclosed garden. Also notable here: You're renting in a condo building, so the finishes and materials in this 1,212-square-foot apartment are nicer than what you typically get with a rental.

But all these extras will cost you. The asking rent is $6,250, more than double the median rent for a one bedroom in the neighborhood, which is $2,850, according to Streeteasy. 

“When you compare the square footage to other newly developed lofts in the neighborhood, it’s not too high and it’s rare to see a loft like this with a private outdoor space,” says Jacob Henderson, an agent at Citi Habitats who represents the listing.

The outdoor space is enclosed by three brick walls and a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows looking out from the bedroom. The wall that separates the garden from a neighbor’s yard has a frosted window for privacy.

The condo also features a large office. While the listing photos show a bed in there, the floor plan indicates there's no window, so it's not considered a legal bedroom—and that's why this listing is a one bedroom. 


The custom-designed chef’s kitchen has a stainless steel wine cooler and appliances from Sub-Zero and Wolf.


The bedroom offers floor-to-ceiling windows facing the enclosed garden.



The custom bookshelves will be left by the owner for the tenant’s book collection. 


The owner will be leaving some of the plants, including a vine that has been growing for close to 10 years.


The condo is in the historic Mason-Fisk loft building which features a common roof deck, a large elevator and an unobstructed view of Manhattan. The building does not have a doorman.

The building is close to many restaurants, bars, and stores. The popular Brooklyn Flea is only a six-minute walk and both the McCarren Park and East River State Park are less than a five minute walk from the building. Foodtown and Whole Foods are both about a 10 minute walk from the building. 

The building is just blocks from the Bedford Avenue L train station, with a commute of about 25 minutes to Midtown Manhattan. The Metropolitan Avenue G train station is about a 12 minute walk. 



Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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