Set beneath tree tops on a quiet, low-rise block, this converted Brooklyn warehouse embraces its borough’s timeless vibrance.
Why try to bring the party home when home is already the party?
139 Powers Street — affectionally called Casa Powers — encapsulates the omnipresent verve of Williamsburg as an eye candy-laden urban escape that’s always ready for its next close-up. It’s available for rent as two equally-striking separate units or one Instagram-worthy whole.
Encompassing more than 4,000 square feet, the building has been converted for tasteful modern living, and for hosting film screenings and other lively events you’d expect to find in a neighborhood known the world over for its creative spirit.
Colorful decor abounds and accents delightful prewar detailing, including exposed-beam ceilings and swaths of exposed brick. Skylights also factor mightily into Casa Powers’ overall appeal, raining natural light into multiple rooms across the loft and warehouse. There is an undeniable cohesion to the spaces, which you can readily move between via a retractable divider wall. Yet, exemplary elements help to distinguish each beyond their respective, separate entries.
Behind front door number one, the loft. It’s the kind of place you can hang your hat at the end of the day — evidenced by thriving plants, 15-foot-high ceilings, and the foyer’s welcoming wall of hanging hats. Custom-built shelving, accompanied by a sliding ladder, sets a new high watermark for home library goals. Perhaps grab a cookbook and move directly into a vintage-chic open kitchen, complete with a breakfast nook, a live edge wood island, and boundless charm.
An industrial-style staircase beckons to the loft’s upper floor with its “funky” tile risers. Feel like taking a break halfway? A mid-level mezzanine is there to accommodate. Use this half-floor living room’s projector screen for the world’s coziest film festival, or employ the home office that overlooks the kitchen. Continue the upward journey to two bedrooms awash in sunlight, and complete it by reaching a private roof deck beyond spacious for entertaining.
Through front door number two is the warehouse, where the journey starts in the kitchen. Beyond prolific ceiling beams, this room also has wall beams — another prewar treat and also free shelving. Amble down a long hallway, past a coat closet and laundry room, and step into the trendy Williamsburg interior influencer dreams are made of.
Aside from what may or may not be exposed on the walls and ceilings, this voluminous main area sits under an extra-large skylight and is draped in vibrant artwork with the occasional retro vibes of neon signs. You can feel free to invite over everyone you know, too. A massive drop-down projection screen brings new meaning to movie night, a custom-made wooden wet bar on wheels lets you play traveling bartender, and the expandable dining room table can accompany up to 22 seats.
Should your company turn into overnight guests, there are six bedrooms to choose from. Choices include a hidden sleeping loft and a two-level treehouse-like nook with a walnut staircase, the lower portion of which is painted a vibrant yellow and claims a vintage Baldwin Acrosonic piano.
Casa Powers saves perhaps the best for last in the form of a 2500-square-foot backyard. This extensive rear space is the ideal outdoor complement to the loft and warehouse, boasting copious couches and chairs, a gas grill, and a dining room table should an al fresco meal be on the menu. There is also string lighting for aesthetics and a basketball court for athletics. Should the call of the Williamsburg night beckon, a bonus exit opens up onto Ainslie Street, meaning you can essentially walk an entire city block without ever leaving the friendly confines of Casa Powers.