Last night we got a peek at the under-construction 65-unit Toll Brothers project in Dumbo at 205 Water Street. The concrete-and-steel clad building retains the historic district's loft-like proportions and the materials, though modern, manage to reference the neighborhood's industrial past without turning the structure into a Dumbo Disneyland. The cantilevered penthouse balcony is "inspired by the Manhattan Bridge," situating two floors and four terraces onto the northwest corner of the Plymouth Street-facing building. When you enter the main entrance on Water Street, you pass through a lobby with exposed concrete walls and floors inlaid with steel plates, passing an open-air lounge with retained brickwork and salvaged boardwalk from Coney Island. (Toll Brothers tracked down a collector in Connecticut who stockpiled the wooden boards after demolition a couple years back.) The interior courtyard has four private gardens the size of suburban backyards, plus a communal lawn area.
205 Water Street has 21 one-bedrooms ranging from a second-floor 1-BR spread with back garden for $795,000 to a 2-bedroom with rooftop deck for around $1.3 million. Studios (there are eight) start at $393,900, while the penthouse tower hovers around $2.4 million.
Backyard garden for a second-floor Plymouth Street unit.
· 205 Water Street coverage [Curbed]