About This Listing
This extremely rare 5000 sqft loft is the epitome of Brooklyn living. Huge open living/ dinning space with massive communal table, exposed brick and a wall of windows. Centrally located on a quiet street with easy access to the subway.
The gargantuan loft itself is an extremely rare find in New York. Converted from a former sewing factory, the space still contains most of its original detail and is the epitome of old school Brooklyn. From its original pane windows in the hallway to the squeaky hardwood floors, its character lies in its imperfections. The living room provides the perfect opportunity to relax on its comfy couches, to use the wireless internet or hook up to the projector and watch a movie. You can even connect your device into the speakers and relax to your own tunes. The kitchen is fully stocked with every utensil and appliance any foodie could need and they are at your disposal. This loft is not a hotel, hostel or B&B, but rather my home that I’ve opened up in order to create an international community of travelers. Eclectic guests from all over the world gather in this shared space offering a unique, yet totally New York living experience. The house is quiet during the day, allowing for cat naps between outings and bustling in the evening as travelers return home from their adventures. Guests have the opportunity to bond over their adventures in the city, compete against each other in often hilarious games of Taboo, and even break bread during the occasional randomly thrown together dinner party. Fellow Brooklynites also often stop by for impromptu dinner parties, movies nights or Sunday brunch. Staying here allows your travels to be full of new people and not just new places.
We have 5 spacious guest rooms in the loft. Each room is exactly the same size & shape with two large windows that let in amazing morning light. All rooms are equipped with the furnishings listed below with the exception of room 4 which has 2 twin beds (great for people traveling in pairs but who prefer not to share a bed).
All rooms are also priced exactly the same so if one room is booked for the dates you want please check the other three for availability.
Queen size bed
Central heating and electric heater
Dressing vanity & mirror
Clean comfy bed linens
Clean soft bath towels
THE LOFT / BUILDING:
The loft is 464m²/ 5000 sqft and has 5 bedrooms in total. I share this gargantuan space with the eclectic group of well traveled, well read, open minded GROWN UPS that visit me through Airbnb. I enjoy hosting dinner parties for my guest as well as game and movie nights. I work mostly from home so the space is usually pretty quiet during the day (great for cat naps and sleeping in!). The kitchen is stocked with almost any cooking utensil and/or appliance known to man and you are welcome to use them. There is an endless supply of teas and coffee in the kitchen and I usually offer a homemade banana bread, granola, lemon pound cake, or whatever baking recipe I’m experimenting with that week to go with it. The living room is super spacious with comfy couches to lounge on, a projector for movies and speakers to play music from your device. Another large wall of windows in the living room gives the space a warmer hue than expected for such an industrial loft. More exposed steel beams and a very long brick wall with a fire door that leads nowhere. All this description to say make yourself at home. Hopefully I have everything you need to do so and if not just let me know what I can do to make your stay more comfortable.
This is a true old school NEW YORK CITY industrial loft building. A former sewing factory that still retains most of its original details. Experience true NYC loft living.
This is where all the dirty details of New York loft living are fully disclosed. We like our guests to have a good idea of what to expect and what is expected of them. This ensures that we all enjoy the experience of sharing this amazing space. So far we’ve found that the people who enjoy this experience the most tend to be creative, social, open minded, open hearted, explorers, who love music, are good sharers, story tellers and generally love life & people. As such you are treated as personal friends, encouraged to make yourself at home and partake/ participate whenever you choose. A few things to keep in mind when living communally. Not everyone is on the same schedule. This means that others may be sleeping while you are awake chatting on (website hidden) to the folks back home or with the new friends you’ve made here. In turn, someone may be making coffee, washing dishes and doing laundry while you are trying to recharge your batteries. Unfortunately this space is a bit closer a giant cavernous cave than a cozy cubby. As such soundproofing has proved to be quite difficult. Call it our tragic flaw. In lieu of an entire gut renovation we’ve found it helpful to have folks travel with ear plugs so the activities of others don’t interrupt your recharging time. And don’t worry if you forget yours we always have plenty on hand.
Keeping with true old school New York style living means we have only one bathroom (I've looked into building another bathroom, but unfortunately it has deemed very challenging and costly).
As such this part of the communal living experience begs a bit of that open mindedness and flexibility we mentioned earlier. Currently the bathroom features two sinks, one toilet and one shower. Each guest room is also equipped with a mirrored vanity area and hair dryer which helps keep bathroom time short. It is important to remember that our guests often operate according to varying agendas/ time schedules (from early birds to night owls). In combination with the general amenable nature of our travelers and the other wonderful feature of staying in such a unique space, the demand on the bathroom is hardly ever an issue.
BOOKED OUT FOR THE DATES YOU WANT?
We have four guest rooms, make sure to take a look at our other listings linked below for more availability.
Guest Room 1
Guest Room 2
Guest Room 5
CHECK IN/ OUT
Please email me your anticipated arrival time and I will make all the necessary arrangements to give you a tour of the space, answer any questions that you may have about the area or your stay, and to hand you over your very own key. Check in is flexible anytime after 3pm, and check out is at noon on your final day. If you happen to be flying out later in the evening, we are happy to provide temporary storage for your luggage.
- Washer and dryer in the loft ( $5 per load donation requested to help with utilities used to run it)
- Air Conditioning in provided via window units in each guest room.
-There is central heating, but an electric heaters is also furnished.
- Film projector in the main lounge which connects to most laptops is used in lieu of TV
-Weekly room cleaning
Clinton Hill / Fort Greene is one of New York’s most dynamic and well-rounded neighborhoods. Combining the perfect mix of historic buildings and artistic dwellers, it is well known as one of the coolest neighborhoods in New York City.
Starting as far back as the 1840’s this area was known as a fashionable area for the social elite of Brooklyn who would commute into Manhattan by stagecoach. By the later part of the century, the area was lined with magnificent mansions owned by millionaires. Many of these buildings still remain, as do the immense brick factories that boomed during the industrial age. One of the oldest chocolate factories was known for being one of the sole producers and distributors of Tootsie Rolls, and currently houses the spa and lounge Body by Brooklyn. Most of these large factories have been transformed into loft spaces and apartments, much like my own!
Only 20 minutes from downtown Manhattan. Walking distance to wonderful restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and a great flea market called, The Brooklyn Flea.
There are two subway lines close to the loft, as well as several NYC buses, and of course, our famous taxis. It’s easy to get to all the best spots in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
• C Train at the Clinton / Washington (20 minutes to downtown Manhattan)
• G Train at the Classon Ave (Takes you to other great neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Park Slope, Cobble hill etc)
• Many bus lines
NYC/Manhattan Hot Spots:
• 20 minutes to downtown Manhattan
• 25 minutes to 14th street / Chelsea/Meat Market areas of Manhattan
• 30 minutes to Times Square
• 40 Minutes to Central Park
Other Things to Note
My home also serves as a micro community hub where co-working days are hosted through SpareChair on Mondays and Wednesdays (11am to 7pm) where freelancers, artist, anyone who is not office bound comes to work on their craft. The loft is a Farmer's produce pick up location via Farmigo where neighbors and friends gathers on Mondays to collect their produce fresh from the farm. I often take requests for film and photo shoots and as small daytime events such as workshops and yoga retreats requesting the use of the living room and/or kitchen space; however you will always be alerted of such projects ahead of time, and they will never go past 10 pm (most ends at a much earlier time). For some film shoots there may be a request to vacate temporarily in order to record sound however it will never be earlier than 10am and no later than 7pm.
No late night parties-Dinners parties are welcome of course.
Respect our building, hallways and neighbors please.
No Roof Access
No stealing, from host, other guests, other apartments in the building or from anyone really :-)
Last but not least, no shoes inside (feel free to bring your slippers or booties!)
From Jun 29 - Sep 30, 2015 the minimum stay is 29 nights.
Hi Shell thanks for a wonderful experience in your wonderful loft! First visit to NYC so your personal greeting and helpful advice helped us settle in quickly. We are so grateful for your help during our 6 days. What can I say - Book with confidence Shell will not disappoint and the loft is a haven of calm after a hectic day. Roisin & pat
Shell's loft was absolutely fab- just as you see in the photos! She was a great host and we very much enjoyed staying with her!
Shell has a massive, beautiful loft in a very cool part of Brooklyn. The bedrooms are quiet and comfortable and the living room(s) and dining area are very tastefully decorated and make great spaces to relax. Shell's mom and Cass made sure everything ran smoothly and were very helpful in providing us with tips about local establishments. We were very happy to stay at the loft and will return in the future.
I stayed at Shell's place for a couple of weeks this summer and it was a great experience! The place is even bigger than shown on the pictures...it is huge. The rooms are comfortably big and ver clean; my room had a separate AC (important if visiting in the summer...). Shell was a perfect host; I could drop my bags early and leave them late the day I left. She always responded very quickly to texts and calls and helped me out whenever I had a question (getting places, subway, etc..). The neighborhood is very nice and not once did I feel unsafe. It took me appr. 5-6min to get to the nearest subway stop that takes you straight into Manhattan and runs all night. Meeting and sharing experiences with other people that stay at the loft was great and really gave the place an international and cool vibe. Again- in short: I enjoyed my stay very much!
This amazing loft is located in a quiet neighbourhood of Brooklyn, walking 5 minutes from the Classon metro station. The rooms and the huge living room are very clean, the bathroom is spacious. A great place for hanging out.
Shell is super friendly and nice. The best host ever. We stayed for a week and a half and were extremely pleased about everything in the place. Thumbs up, definitely. Highly recommended.
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About the Host, Shell
As a textile and design junkie with a knack for repurposing old furniture and a passion for sharing resources and living communally, this loft seemed the perfect space to call home. In the nearly five years I’ve been living here, this space has allowed me to play host to many amazing, interesting, loving and generous people from around the world. Because of its size and layout it has granted me many opportunities to host creative and community events. I like to cook, love to eat and love love love a great dinner party or an all day marathon Sunday brunch (which have become quite popular around here). Opening my loft to be shared with travelers who become friends has been the most positively life altering decision I’ve ever made. With each ephemeral shared experience my faith in the positive power of living in/ with community is exponentially affirmed. As characters in a great novel, each guest who stays seems to unfold a little more of the story. I cannot ask for a better life.