ONE ROOM. 85 North 3rd Street, Apt 302/303

At first glance, we thought that we had entered the Bergdorf Goodman store on 5th Avenue. But once the shock wore off, we realized that we had actually walked into a closet. Well, not just any closet. This is a closet that befits royalty, beautifully designed and large enough to fit a lifetime of wearables.  

Residence 302/303 at the Mill Building in Williamsburg is a designer loft that has left no stone unturned.    The two bedroom, two-and-a-half bath residence spans 2911 square feet and offers its potential buyer just about everything.  But for now, we’re going to stay put and offer up this palatial walk-in-closet as the next edition to our “One Room” series. 

The Mill Building at 85 North 3rd Street, like many buildings in this neighborhood of Brooklyn, was originally built as a factory.  In 2007 it was converted to residential condos; many of the 62 apartments incorporate the details of the original structure, including high ceilings, brick walls and timber beams.  

This fabulous walk-in-closet is unusual in many ways.  Due to the layout of the loft, it is compulsory to walk through the space several times per day.  We think that the architect did this purposefully so that one could marvel at their good fortune.  At the near end is the master bedroom, at the other end is the master bath, extraordinary in its own right.   

Measuring out at 14’2”x16’8”, the closet literally is larger than most New York City bedrooms.  In fact, it’s just a hair smaller than the master bedroom. Tall ceilings add yet another dimension and a room full of overhead storage as well. No wasted space here;  dual library ladders offer easy access and plenty of latitude with seasonal abnormalities.

If you had no budget and told someone to design a closet worthy of Versailles, this might be the template.  It is not just about space, but the detailing as well.  It’s not often that a closet has timber beams, a glass chandelier, decorative corbels and heavy layers of crown molding. Interestingly enough, the rest of the home doesn’t have moldings at all.  It is almost as if this closet was built to stand alone; think Kips Bay Decorator Show House.    

Additional features include twin makeup vanities positioned back to back in the center of the room and an island for accessories.  Where’s the wine cooler you ask?

Just when you thought this closet (am I still calling this space a closet?) couldn’t get any more tantalizing you decide to poke your head into the adjoining en-suite bathroom. You’re not in Bergdorf Goodman any more. You’ve been transported to a luxury spa in a five star hotel. Complete with a Victoria and Albert soaking tub, double vanity sink, custom jewel box water closet and a shower adorned with pink onyx walls, this bathroom sets the bar for pure glamour.

If we started the day in this master suite, we may never get out the front door.  Getting dressed, even undressed, will never be the same again. 

The Mill Building is located in the Williamsburg Gallery District at the corther of North 3rd Street and Wythe Avenue.  The building offers a full-time doorman, an attended garage, bike storage and a roof deck with views of the Manhattan skyline.  Pets are welcome as well.
The current asking price for this spectacular loft residence is $5,495.000, about $1887 per square foot.  The listing is being represented by Warner Lewis and Christie LaRusso of Brown Harris Stevens. To learn more or just to take a peak, visit Linecity.com.

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