Event: Grand opening for the condos at 260 North 9th Street in Williamsburg, a.k.a. 260N9.
In the house: A shockingly hipster-free crowd, including the owner/developer, the brokers and their boss, the interior designer, and prospective buyers.
Menu: Prosecco, sauvignon blanc, malbec, and Peroni. Lobster rolls from Luke's Lobster. Beef, chicken, spicy pork, and veggie meatball sliders from the Meatball Shop. Plus salad and cookies.
Observed: People really digging the integrated refrigerator/freezer.
Williamsburg condos and rentals are proliferating at a breakneck pace, and here's an in-depth look at one the neighborhood's newest spawn. Located between Roebling and Havemeyer streets, 260N9 is a new 20-unit condo building from owner/developer/restaurateur Vittorio Antonini, though its name, while geographically obvious, does sound more like a helicopter tail number. Aptsandlofts.com is brokering all the units, which range from a 1BR/1BA for $795,000 to a 3BR/3BA for $1.975M.
The 20 units include one-, two-, and three-bedroom layouts. One-bedroom units range from $795,000 (3A) to $889,000 (4C). A two-bedroom penthouse (7B) is listed at $1,699,000 and three-bedroom unit (2A) is listed at $1,975,000. One-bedroom 3D was listed at $859,000 with a projected monthly common charge of $419.51 and projected monthly taxes of $7.03. The building already has its final certificate of occupancy from the Department of Buildings.
There is available parking, a small on-site fitness room, and each unit has en-suite laundry. The building was designed by architect Alexander Zhitnik of Z Architecture and the interiors were designed by Tatyana Gartner of Tatyana Design.
The two second-floor units each have large outdoor space, while the roof has both private and communal space, and views of the Williamsburg Bridge and Manhattan skyline.
Among Gartner's design elements is a wall-mounted chalkboard, perfect for leaving your loved one a reminder to get milk (if a text wouldn't do). The president of aptsandlofts.com, David Maundrell, said exposed beams pay homage to Williamsburg's industrial history.
The bathrooms feature European-style toilets. (For those who haven't been to Europe, they have one button for number one and another for number two.) It saves water. Gartner was also quite proud of the custom-poured concrete sinks. They are apparently well-made, but felt a bit cold, like they might be better fit in a boutique hotel than someone's home. In addition to recessed lights in the ceiling, there is a flourescent light over the sink, a peculiar choice for the place where you make your face ready for the world.
At least one woman at the party actually made an offer on a one-bedroom unit. Most of the prospective buyers were already living in Williamsburg and considering their options. One couple was checking the building out to give them a better idea of how much they could sell their own place for. One couple felt the pricing was a little too "aggressive," saying they thought they could get a comparable apartment for the same price in Manhattan. One couple was looking at a two-bedroom unit. The woman said that her mother was hinting that if she helped them get the apartment, they would have to create the future occupant of the second bedroom. No pressure, guys.
As for the party itself, the lobster rolls and meatballs were extremely popular, and no single adult beverage seemed to be more popular than another. People flowed throughout the open units with their food and drink.
—Evan Bindelglass is a local freelance journalist, photographer, cinephile, and foodie. You can e-mail him, follow him on Twitter @evabin, or check out his personal blog.
· 620N9 [Official]
· Listings: 260 North 9th Street [aptsandlofts.com and ">StreetEasy]
· All 260N9 coverage [Curbed]