For those seeking a rental that comes with spiritual gravitas, this two-bedroom will provide ample opportunity for peaceful contemplation. The apartment is one of the Spire Lofts, a conversion of Williamsburg's St. Vincent de Paul Church, and much of the ex-cathedral's facade has been preserved. On the inside, you'll find a loft decked out with all the salvaged materials a Brooklynite with an appreciation for rustic-chic design could dream of—with modern amenities, of course. At $5,500 per month, this is steep even by Williamsburg standards, which could be attributed to the space's newness—and its spiritual bona fides.
There's theatrical flair in the catwalk, which leads past exposed wooden beams to sliding doors and the bedrooms. The centerpiece of the en-suite bathroom is the exposed brick shower stall, a striking and unusual touch (though it does lead to questions of how it should be cleaned.) The black fixtures and pressed tin ceiling are at once old-fashioned and stylish, making for a truly one-of-a-kind space.
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