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In loft buildings dating back to the mid-19th century, exposed timber columns, joists, and ceiling beams add a note of historic charm to a converted home. But between new building techniques, a rise in popularity, and revised building codes, a number of 21st century buildings are coming to embrace timber construction anew.
The most commonly known technique is cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction, which uses prefabricated timber panels bonded together with resin, making it stronger than steel. It is also more environmentally friendly than steel, as it does not require the burning of fossil fuels during production; moreover, if sourced from timber growing in sustainably managed forests, it is a renewable resource. Another plus is a shorter construction timeline, bringing new housing units to the market more quickly at a time when vacancy is at an all-time low.
Other countries and states have come around to the benefits of CLT and other timber construction methods, but New York is somewhat late to the party, having banned timber towers following a series of fires in the 19th century. However, in fall 2021, the New York City Council approved the use of mass timber for buildings up to 85 feet high, with the regulations set to go into effect at the beginning of 2022. This means we won’t see CLT supertalls any time soon, but the height limit is right in line with many of the boutique condominiums with units that are quickly getting snatched up. Below, we take a look at new buildings that have incorporated timber construction, as well as prewar listings with exposed wooden elements.

Timber House, 670 Union Street, Park Slope
Developed by The Brooklyn Home Company | Design by Mesh Architectures
6 stories | 14 units
2 availabilities from $2.325 million

670-Union-Street Timber House (Douglas Elliman)
At six stories and 23,593 square feet, Timber House is the largest mass timber building in New York City. While not technically CLT construction, Mesh Architectures principal Eric Liftin's alternative suggestion of glue-laminated timber won out and let the building take shape. In addition to the more energy-efficient construction method, environmentally friendly features include triple-glazed windows, solar panels, multi-zone heat pump heating and cooling, and an energy-recovery air filtration system. The interiors have been described as modern-day treehouses, and the vast majority of units have entered contract.

From the Listing: Melding high-tech construction concepts with natural materials, this brand-new three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom residence delivers a sustainable, sun-splashed and utterly modern treehouse sensibility. This 2,041-square-foot home welcomes you with beamed ceilings that rise nearly 11 feet high over 8-inch-wide engineered pine floors by Roots Custom. The living room provides a generous footprint for living, dining and home office areas, while the European kitchen boasts custom hexagonal tile floors by Prospect NY, bespoke cabinetry, porcelain countertops, a walk-in pantry and upscale Bosch and Gaggenau appliances, including an induction cooktop and dishwasher. See floor plan and full details here.

Umbrella Factory, 710 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg
Developed by SL Development | Design by Rawlings Architects
7 stories | 69 units
10 availabilities from $625K

710-Metropolitan-Avenue-01 Umberella Factory (MNS)
As part of Williamsburg's industrial-to-residential transformation, the former Embee Sunshade Company factory has been converted to a condominium with industrially inspired interiors with exposed heavy timber beams. Large quantities of structural timber were sourced for the conversion of the existing building, and a glass and metal addition adds a contemporary touch.

From the Listing: This immaculate split 2-bedroom layout features over 400 square feet of private outdoor space, one with access from your living room, and one from your primary bedroom! The high ceilings and exposed timber beams are the first details you will notice as you enter. See floor plan and full details here.

360 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg
Developed and designed by Flank Architecture & Development
5 stories | 28 units
2 availabilities from $4,195/month

360-Wythe-Avenue-01 360 Wythe Avenue (MNS)
When the brick-and-beam 360 Wythe Avenue and its sister project, an office building at 320 Wythe Avenue, were approved in 2017, they were the first of their kind to be approved in nearly a century. Flank co-founder Mick Waldorf told 6sqft that he didn't want to bring "hyper-contemporary glass boxes" to the neighborhood, and he has succeeded on that count: The brick facade was inspired by Williamsburg's historic factories and warehouses, and interiors feature exposed wood beams and columns.

From the Listing: Apartment 402 is a perfectly proportioned studio featuring a sleeping alcove that can easily fit a queen-size bed and a separate 15-foot-long living space. 12’ ceilings clad in beautiful exposed Blackspruce timber, centra heating and cooling, and a luxury appliance package from Smeg and Bosch round out the offering. Interiors feature 12-foot ceiling heights, poured concrete flooring, and exposed black spruce wood beams. See floor plan and full details here.

Frame 283, 283 Greene Avenue, Clinton Hill
Developed by Frame Home | Design by LoadingDock5
5 stories | 10 units
No current availabilities

283-Greene-Avenue-01 Frame 283 (Frame)
Frame 283 was an early adopter of CLT, having received an exception to the building code so its construction could take place. Between its eco-friendly construction, solar panels, energy-efficient appliances and HVAC systems, dedicated compost bin in the trash room, and bike room, it is little surprise that the building achieved Passive House certification. It has proven wildly popular: The building is fully leased and has a waiting list.

329 Vanderbilt Avenue, Clinton Hill
Developed and designed by Schiller Projects
2 stories | 1 unit

329-Vanderbilt-Avenue-01 329 Vanderbilt Avenue (Schiller Projects)
329 Vanderbilt Avenue dates back to 1873, when it was built as a carriage house, but work is underway to bring it into the 21st century. This includes refurbishing the brick exterior and retrofitting the interiors with methods using mass timber. All of the work is being done with the approval of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, owing to its address in the Clinton Hill Historic District.

NYC Listings with Exposed Timber Beams
406-West-45th-Street-01 Thorndale, #4D (Corocran)
From the Listing: Unique loft apartment in very convenient location! You will be minutes away from Central Park and a quick walk away from the Theater District. The living area is very spacious and open, a true loft. The high wooden beam ceilings and the fireplace create a warm atmosphere, unlike your typical NYC apartment. The renovated windowed kitchen features a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Viking stove with hood, Bosch dishwasher, new Caesarstone counters and an island that seats four. See floor plan and full details here.

130-Jackson-Street-01 Jackson Foundry Lofts, #3AB (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: Nestled in the heart of Williamsburg this immaculate and newly renovated loft residence is truly a rare offering. Originally built in 1865 as a Civil War munitions foundry and converted in 2007, beautiful historic details throughout have been preserved while updated modern conveniences offer the best in today's standards. Approximately 1,817 square feet, this mint condition turn-key 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom residence with a home office is filled with unrivaled character featuring exposed brick, open cedar beams, timber columns and soaring 13' ceiling heights. Multiple exposures and oversized picture frame windows flood the apartment with sunlight. See floor plan and full details here.

452-West-19th-Street-01 452 West 19th Street, #4A (Serhant)
From the Listing: Blending pre-war classic with modern luxury, this residence has been outfitted to the fullest while preserving its legacy. Notable architectural elements include high ceilings, lofty rooms, hardwood floors, exposed beams and white brick throughout. Custom chef’s kitchen features professional series Thermador appliances, Dornbracht fixtures, soft close wood grain / lacquered cabinets, paneled dishwasher, breakfast bar, quartz countertop with waterfall edge and marble mosaic backsplash and floor. See floor plan and full details here.

281-West-11th-Street-01 281 West 11th Street, #4/5C (Compass)
From the Listing: This impeccable one-bedroom, one-bathroom penthouse duplex wows with beautiful interiors filled with original architectural details, 10’4’ ceiling height on both floors, outstanding storage and an ultra-desirable location on what is arguably one of the best blocks in the heart of the coveted West Village. Arrive on the lower entertaining level and be swept away by soaring exposed beam ceilings, hardwood floors and swaths of painted brick. The south-facing living room invites you to relax alongside open-sky views and a wood-burning fireplace. See floor plan and full details here.

130-Jackson-Street-01 Jackson Foundry Lofts, #1B (Compass)
From the Listing: Apartment 1B at the Jackson Foundry is brimming with prewar charm from its Civil War munitions factory days, evidenced by the striking timber beams, steel rolling fire doors, exposed brick, and cast iron columns. 130 Jackson St, Apt 1B is a spacious, 1,663-square-foot corner duplex with 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, an open floor plan with chef’s kitchen, a massive private storage and laundry room, central air conditioning, and two ensuites for flexible primary suites. See floor plan and full details here.

85-North-3rd-Street-01 The Mill Building, #308 (Compass)
From the Listing: Stunning, authentic loft at the coveted Mill Building spanning approximately 1750sf and brimming with charm! Enjoy a grand entertainment space with restored original beams and original wood floors, 11 ft. ceilings, a large private balcony and floor to ceiling windows. The apartment boasts a gorgeous open kitchen with custom cabinets, a large breakfast bar, a Sub-Zero fridge, and a 6-burner Wolf stove. Both bathrooms feature white marble with glass mosaic trim, custom J. Aaron Cast stone vanities, frameless glass door showers and Rubinet Faucet Company hardware. J-51 tax abatement expires in 2025. See floor plan and full details here.

168-Plymouth-Street-01 168 Plymouth Street, #4F (Sotheby's International Realty)
From the Listing: This spacious 1,371-square-foot 1-bedroom plus home office is a classic DUMBO loft with high ceilings. An over-sized kitchen and living area offers a flexible layout with several different opportunities to configure the space. The kitchen features a custom RiFRA Italian kitchen, Miele appliances, a blackened Dornbracht faucet, porcelain stone counter tops, and a bleached white oak island. The primary bedroom has large walk-in closets and an en-suite primary bath featuring a custom Haisa marble mosaic floor, double showers with Dornbracht fixtures, large format heather grey porcelain tiles and a custom RiFRA bleached white oak vanity. Other features include wide plank white oak flooring, restored painted white brick and long leaf pine timber beams and columns, a perfect mix of historic character and contemporary interiors. See floor plan and full details here.

109-119-East-10th-Street 109-119 East 10th Street, #GARDEN (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: This enchanting one-bedroom, two-bath residence includes a garden and home office, and oozes charm and character. Enter the home through the lovely front garden and step into the entrance hallway which leads to the spacious living room with decorative fireplace and a glamourous wall of antique mirrors. The tastefully designed windowed kitchen includes custom cabinetry, butcher-block counters, exposed brick, a Rohl farmhouse sink, and hand-painted Urban Archeology tiles. Appliances include a Smeg refrigerator, Viking stove and Bosch dishwasher. Adjacent to the kitchen is the sun-filled dining area which features casement windows, Terra Cotta flooring, Thomas O'Brien lighting. A Dutch door opens directly to a landscaped garden. See floor plan and full details here.

31-Washington-Street-01 31 Washington Street, #3 (Corcoran)
From the Listing: One of Brooklyn's most iconic views greets you every day at the entrance to this sprawling, second story authentic DUMBO loft located inside an elevator building less a half block from the lush greenery of Main Street Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Dumbo waterfront. Exposed brick, enormous timber beams and columns, massive windows, hardwood floors, and soaring 12-foot ceilings lend this renovated industrial space a refined, timeless quality that feels uniquely old school New York. The expansive living room is bathed in bright, natural light through gigantic windows. See floor plan and full details here.

38-Butler-Street-01 38 Butler Street, #GARDEN (PPAD Park Property Advisors)
From the Listing: This townhouse-sized garden duplex is currently laid out as a two-bedroom, two-bath plus a working fireplace on the parlour floor and an open layout, easily partitioned windowed lower level with a powder room and an unusually high 12 feet ceilings. Natural light floods in from the oversized floor to ceiling rear glass wall that leads out to the private landscaped outdoor space: an almost 900-square-foot southern facing finished patio and garden protected by the shade of mature trees, a cedar wood fence and a custom outdoor shower. See floor plan and full details here.

474-Greenwich-Street-01 474 Greenwich Street, #4S (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: Perfectly located in northwest Tribeca is this stunning two to three-bedroom loft with two full baths, powder room, central air conditioning , private washer/dryer and a large private storage room is an architectural study in classic New York with just the right touch of modernity. Designed to perfection, this space is both the perfect form and function. Enter from a keyed elevator onto a semi-private landing and into a large living room with new wide-plank floors, high ceilings, large windows, wood beams, timber columns and exposed brick. Hidden is a home office and separate den for movie nights. The stunning kitchen has custom cabinets, stone counters, professional grade appliances by Wolf, Sub-Zero and Bosch and an externally vented hood. See floor plan and full details here.

112-Prince-Street-01 112 Prince Street, #2FL (Serhant)
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The second floor of 112 Prince Street is a true contemporary masterpiece crafted by world renowned photographer, director and conceptual artist Michael Somoroff and acclaimed architect Stephen Wanta. Available for the first time in 25 years, this work of art is one of the most singularly unique properties, not only in Soho, but in all of NYC. Situated on the corner of Prince and Greene Streets, this floor through keyed elevator loft overlooks the classic architecture that defines the Cast Iron district and boasts an abundance of irreplaceable authentic details including restored wooden-beam ceilings, cast iron columns, wooden framed windows and 13-foot ceilings heights.
See floor plan and full details here.

145-Sixth-Avenue-01 145 Sixth Avenue, #4C (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: Enter this home through an inviting foyer with two roomy coat closets that opens up to an expansive, open concept where you are greeted with an impressive scale of an industrial style kitchen, dining area, living room, and media room (which can flexibly be used as a sprawling home office or library enclave). This live/work space is characterized by its exposed beams and brick in true classic loft fashion given its history as the former Old Printing House, and the free flowing space offers a perfect backdrop for designer furnishings and masterpiece artwork. See floor plan and full details here.

39-Vestry-Street-01 39 Vestry Street, #TH (Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: Introducing the Townhouse at 39 Vestry Street - rarely does such an exquisite one-of-a-kind residence come to the market, where luxury meets functionality at its highest caliber. This true urban oasis offers ultimate privacy and luxury of space, with 2 private entrances, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, 2 kitchens, a family room and a massive private outdoor space ideally positioned off the living room. The residence begins on the parlor level, where a beautiful foyer welcomes you into a resplendent sunbathed living room full of character and grandeur, soaring 13-foot ceilings, oversized windows, white oak chevron flooring, a fireplace, and custom stone bookcases. See floor plan and full details here.

443-Greenwich-Street-01 443 Greenwich Street, #6F (Compass)
From the Listing: Enter this exquisite loft via a key-locked elevator that opens onto a spacious entry gallery that leads to a vast and light filled 35-foot living/dining room with 10'2" ceilings. This impeccable 3-bedroom/ 3.5-bath loft, in the world class condominium at 443 Greenwich Street, is ready to welcome its second owner. The grand living and dining room has 4 large windows framing the picturesque northern city-scape, a sleek gas fireplace, 8' wide-plank white oak flooring and striking reclaimed wood beams with matching support columns. The state of the art open chef's kitchen, designed by Christopher Peacock, is situated off the dining area and anchored by a substantial white marble island with seating for 4. See floor plan and full details here.

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