Some of you may have gathered that my husband and I are dreamers—we have lots of them, many of which may never transpire into reality, but what would the fun of life be if there were no dreams? Dreaming for us are the “Choose Your Own Adventure” novels for adults. All the more reason that this new business venture suits us! We are fortunate to see travel destinations in places we may have never thought of going to and real estate that inspires us to move to the many different places in America and around the world that are undiscovered gems.
In last week’s blog we talked about one of our dreams, which is to own and operate a bed and breakfast—in a historic property of course. Well, this week we are covering another dream (one which many people can relate to as well), which is to live in a converted church. So when our friends at 6sqft shared with us a recent church conversion that has been recently turned into luxury apartments we had to share it with you. We know that we would happily live here!
Saint Vincent De Paul Church located at 167 North Sixth Street in Williamsburg‘s uber-trendy North Side is one of the neighborhood’s oldest landmarks has been recently transformed into forty rental apartments known as The Spire Lofts. We know that we are not alone in our fascination with church conversions, but they are tricky design challenges to make the interior space work for modern-day, Millennial-friendly living. In our humble opinion, the design team that created The Spire Lofts nailed it, making the interior relevant to today’s consumer and highlighting the the existing architectural grandeur, while incorporating well chosen reclaimed materials mixed with design-forward finishes.
The Spire Lofts currently have two and three bedroom apartments available (the one-bedrooms are already spoken for) ranging from $6,400 to $8,000 per month with the interior spaces offering original exposed brick, reclaimed Heart Pine pillars and beams, arched stained glass windows, and custom steel work. As residents enter the building, they are greeted by dark leather walls with thoughtfully designed inlaid floors created with 100-year old shipping boxes. Once inside the units, the apartments offer a blended modern/minimalist aesthetic mixed with a rustic/industrial loft vibe featuring reclaimed wood staircases leading to a mezzanine and some ceiling heights up to twenty feet high. These fantastic apartments are currently listed with Carey Larsen for aptsandlofts.com.
The kitchens offer Caesarstone countertops, penny tiled marble backslashes, and a “gourmet appliance package” that includes Bosch washer/dryers, Fisher-Paykel dish drawers and stainless steel Bloomberg appliances. The luxurious bathrooms offer residents reclaimed brick walls, pressed tin ceilings, steam showers and custom-built vanities. Both the bathrooms and kitchens blend vintage charm with modern amenities that one would expect to see at this price point.
Thank god this great historic (religious) landmark has been resurrected!
All photos are courtesy of aptsandlofts.com