Located on the last undeveloped site in Dumbo is an unassuming and unostentatious project — 1 John Street. A collaboration between Alloy Development and Monadnock Construction, the 12-story building features just 42 apartments, and there's a good reason for that — the spacious apartments in this building range in size from 1,500 to 3,000 square feet.
Recently, Curbed had a chance to tour two model apartments in the building — a three-bedroom apartment on the ninth floor followed by a four-bedroom unit on the third floor, on a tour that was led by Jared Della Valle, the president of Alloy Development. An architect by training, Della Valle's firm designs and develops its own projects, and as a result enjoys greater control over the final product.
The ninth floor apartment Curbed toured spans 2,500 square feet and directly overlooks the Manhattan Bridge — that might be a point of concern to some, what with the Brooklyn Bridge Park below and the noise from the train running across the Bridge, but Alloy had a solution to that — triple pane windows that completely mask the sound. On the note of windows, they grow just a little bit smaller as you ascend the floors — this particular features allows for the light and the views to be quite consistent on each of the building's 12 floors (some of these windows are also motorized and can be opened).
One of the unique features about the apartments in this building are the double kitchen islands created with rough sown oak — one of them comes with an eat-in area and double sided storage as well. All the bedrooms have views either of the the Manhattan or Brooklyn Bridges or of the East River.
"We're in the business of delivering something unique and more focussed," Della Valle told Curbed.
1 John Street features a total of 42 apartments, including four penthouses. Only four apartments are still on the market (contracts are out for two of them), and the most expensive one currently available is a four-bedroom penthouse that is priced at just over $7 million. The building features a mix of two, three, and four-bedroom apartments. Della Valle attributes the sales success to the fact that the developers and the principals at the firm meet directly with prospective buyers, and in the case of 1 John Street — Alloy threw a party for the buyers when the firstmodel unit was complete to reassure them of the progress the project had been making.
The third-floor unit Curbed offers great views of the Brooklyn Bridge Park and the East River as well, but here, with the larger windows, the perspective is slightly altered. For instance, the view of the Brooklyn Bridge is in focus as opposed to the Manhattan Bridge which is closer to the building. The dining room space in this unit can also be converted into an additional bedroom, Della Valle informed Curbed.
Both the apartments we toured feature expansive master bathrooms that come with a host of standout features including Italian freestanding soaking tubs, dual showers, hand-chipped stone mosaic floors, and a full-height, built-in mirrored medicine cabinet. All the loft-style homes in the building come with White Oak flooring, washers and dryers, and zoned air conditioning and heating systems.
A surprise part of the tour was visiting one of the under-construction penthouses. While the penthouse isn't ready to be viewed just yet, we did get to tour the building's landscaped roof deck. Some of the penthouses come with private terraces that include an outdoor fireplace and a gas grill. For everyone else, there is seating and a lawn on the roof along with cabanas and garden plots that are available for purchase.
Some of the other amenities in the building include a gym designed by La Palestra, bike storage, a lounge area adjacent to Brooklyn Bridge Park, and a common laundry room. In addition, the building will also be home to the Brooklyn Children's Museum Studio when the project is complete.
Closings are expected in the next 60 days, and ever since the project started development about three years ago, Alloy has experienced a steady pace of sales, and expects the last few remaining units to be off the market soon as well — a number of buyers are in fact residents of the area or live in other parts of Brooklyn.
"To get these kind of views, and the quality of construction, people often find that they have to pay twice the price in Manhattan," Della Valle told Curbed. "So why pick a so-so apartment in Manhattan when you can get the best apartment in Brooklyn?"