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The Chocolate Factory, #2D  via Douglas Elliman The Chocolate Factory, #2D via Douglas Elliman
Many New York real estate listings tout "loft-like layouts," but true lofts are housed in residential conversions of one-time industrial buildings. They are distinguished by the open space and high ceilings, and many conversions kept original features like exposed brick walls, exposed beams and joists, columns, and exposed pipes intact to add extra character.

There was a time when many of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn's loft buildings were taken over by starving artists who appreciated the low rents and abundant space for large works. However, as time passed, those same artists would revitalize their neighborhoods and become victims of the success they were instrumental in creating. Below, take a look at authentic loft apartments in some of Manhattan and Brooklyn's most highly coveted neighborhoods.

90 Morton Street via Reuveni Real Estate
This expansive apartment's 10'4" ceilings are beamed and showcase the character and distinction of the building's original use as a printing house built in 1912. However, the custom chef's kitchen features top-of-the- line Gaggenau appliances, quartzite countertops, and blackened steel cabinets with fluted glass panels. The master suite is a private retreat complete with a generous walk-in closet plus two additional closets and a spacious master bath. See floor plan and full details here.

425-West-50th-Street-01 Stella Tower via Compass
Located in a Ralph Walker-designed building originally for the New York Telephone Company, this gracious loft apartment boasts soaring 13' ceilings, custom hand-laid oak flooring, solid wood doors, zoned HVAC system regulated by Nest, and 10' x 10' custom turn-and-tilt windows overlooking open views. The open kitchen includes hand-crafted, custom Smallbone of Devizes European oak cabinetry, polished concrete countertops, and Miele appliances. A virtual tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

252-West-30th-Street-01 Art Deco via Douglas Elliman
Formerly an industrial loft space, this fabulous pre-war condominium is highlighted by gracious proportions and compelling city views from north and east exposures. Enter into the sleek, expansive living/dining bathed in sunlight featuring lovely hardwood floors and 10' ceilings. The stylish, fully equipped kitchen has custom cabinetry, Bosch appliances, tile floors and ample storage. Video and virtual tours are available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

111-Fourth-Avenue-01 111 Fourth Avenue via Halstead
Located in the International Tailoring Company Building, this beautifully-designed loft is in excellent condition and features an enormous living space, soaring 13'3 ceilings, and unparalleled, unobstructed open views of landmarks like Grace Church and Astor Place. The open, windowed kitchen features stainless steel appliances, a brand new Bertazzoni induction oven/range, Caesarstone countertops, and an abundance of custom cabinetry. A video tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

689-Myrtle-Avenue-01 The Chocolate Factory via Douglas Elliman
Situated in a condominium originally built as a chocolate factory, this loft's sprawling living and dining area with soaring 13' ceilings make it perfect for entertaining. The newly renovated open kitchen boasts a custom tile backdrop, soft close cabinet doors, and a stainless steel chef's range hood to compliment the black granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The spacious master bedroom easily accommodates a king bed, dressers, and home office with space to spare. A video tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

850-Metropolitan-Avenue-01 Milk Factory via Real New York Properties
In East Williamsburg, a former Borden milk distribution plant has been converted to an amenity-rich boutique condominium. This luxurious loft has state-of-the-art finishes and abundant natural light through south-facing, floor-to-ceiling windows. The open kitchen, which is adorned in custom Italian cabinets and Caesarstone countertops, features integrated Bosch refrigerator and dishwasher, Wolf range and Best hood. See floor plan and full details here.

565-Broadway-01 Prince Tower Building via Brown Harris Stevens
Located in the historic Ball, Black & Co. Building at the epicenter of Soho, this sprawling home truly represents the quintessential loft with dramatic, meticulously restored barrel-vaulted 17' brick ceilings, enormous windows nearly 12' high, and six incredible Corinthian columns. The open-plan kitchen has a butler's pantry, and two staircases lead to the mezzanine level with three bedrooms. A video tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

73-Bleecker-Street-01 Bleecker Tower via Nest Seekers
High-floor home in the former Manhattan Savings Institute bank building recently experienced a top-to-bottom gut renovation, though not at the expense of its incredible scale, floor-to-ceiling arched windows, fantastic light, high ceilings and beautiful hardwood floors. The large open kitchen rivals the finest restaurants and features custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances and endless counters. Both brand-new baths find their inspiration in your favorite spa. The home is being offered fully furnished. See floor plan and full details here.

119-North-11th-Street-01 The Paint Factory via Compass
Authentic Brooklyn loft in a former paint factory boasts 9 oversized south- and east-facing windows, 10' wood beamed ceilings and columns, and exposed pipes and brick. The large recently renovated eat-in open chefs kitchen, has a new stainless steel refrigerator and dishwasher. Both the master en suite bathroom and the guest bathroom have been fully renovated, and feature large soaking tubs. See floor plan and full details here.

21-Astor-Place-01 21 Astor Place via Douglas Elliman
Exceptional duplex loft offers a beautiful oversized 9' x 12' arched south facing window framed by original sandblasted brick, 11' ceilings and Tiger Oak floors throughout. The open living/dining space is perfect for entertaining and gatherings. The large chef's kitchen, features high-end appliances, beautiful Baseltina Lava Stone counters, Muttina kitchen tiles and Marshwood cabinetry. The steel cantilevered staircase leads you to the upper level where you will find the master suite with three oversized south facing windows with electric shades. See floor plan and full details here.

330-Wythe-Avenue-01 The Esquire Building via The Corcoran Group
Amazing apartment in a former shoe polish factory boasts hardwood and original concrete floors, exposed brick throughout, and incredible natural light and open views. The lower level includes a bedroom that is currently used as an office, chef's kitchen, a large walk-in closet, full bathroom with tub, washer/dryer, and a large open double height living room. The upper level features two large bedrooms on one side and a cozy den on the other, connected by a dramatic catwalk that overlooks the living room. See floor plan and full details here.

27-28-Thomson-Avenue-01 Arris Lofts via Compass
Corner residence in the former home of the Eagle Electric Manufacturing Factory is bathed in natural light from huge airport-grade windows facing west, north and east, capturing views of the beautiful landmarked Courthouse and of the Manhattan skyline. Soaring 16' beamed ceilings optimize the airiness, while lovely pale grey Porcelanosa flooring lends a palette of soft colors. Entertain effortlessly with large connecting living and dining areas and an open gourmet kitchen for easy living, all finely appointed, and styled with high-end integrated recessed lighting. A virtual tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

30-Main-Street-01 Sweeney Building via Compass
Located in the DUMBO Historic District, the Sweeney Building was constructed for makers of metal kitchenware. Vestiges of its original use come through in dramatic, beamed, 11' ceilings, beautifully refinished hardwood floors, and towering windows facing north and west frame stunning views of the East River and city skyline. However, thoughtful updates in the gut-renovated open kitchen have created a chef's haven and designer showplace. A video tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

10-Leonard-Street-01 10 Leonard Street via Compass
Once a turn-of-the-century warehouse, 10 Leonard Street was meticulously converted into a boutique residential cooperative with just 2-3 apartments per floor. This luxurious loft boasts high ceilings with exposed beams, wide-plank solid walnut floors, white brick walls and built-ins, plus six over-sized north-facing windows inviting sunshine in all day. The generous Great Room layout affords a seamless open flow for entertaining, with large living and dining areas met by a sleek contemporary kitchen tailored to the chef. See floor plan and full details here.

37-Bridge-Street-01 Kirkman Lofts via Compass
Oversized, sun-lit loft embodies "industrial chic" with high ceilings, casement windows, hardwood oak flooring, and architectural details from the original Kirkman Soap Factory. The kitchen has a built-in breakfast bar from reclaimed wood, Bertazonni stove, french door refrigerator, and dishwasher. The smaller room has a unique sliding barn door which creates privacy and makes for perfect second bedroom as guest quarters, nursery, or home office. See floor plan and full details here.

215-Bowery-01 215 Bowery via Compass
Designer-renovated corner prewar loft features southern exposure, industrial character, clear views, and natural light throughout the day. The open concept living space spans 35' and is hallmarked by iconic loft trademarks, 12' high ceilings, wood floors, and custom oversized windows throughout. There is a beautiful oversized master bedroom and a separate built-in office/couch daybed for guests designed within the custom bookcases and built-ins. See floor plan and full details here.

70-Washington-Street-01 70 Washington Street via Halstead
Southwest-facing apartment in a true loft conversion boasts walls of windows, custom industrial sliding doors, distressed oak floors, and architectural touches throughout with meticulous attention to details. Designed with the highest quality finishes, this loft has an open kitchen outfitted with patinaed bronze countertops, and high-end appliances. The master bathroom features a dark lacquered vanity with a double sink marble surface, a Whirlpool spa bath, and a separate glass-enclosed shower. See floor plan and full details here.

168-Plymouth-Street-01 168 Plymouth via Sotheby's
Located in a former concrete daylight factory, this gracious loft apartment features high ceilings, up to 11'10” and oversized daylight factory windows. Other features include wide plank white oak flooring and restored concrete beams and columns. The custom RiFRA Italian kitchen includes Miele appliances, porcelain stone countertops, a blackened Dornbracht faucet and a bleached white oak island. A virtual tour is available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

Honorable Mentions
970-Kent-Avenue-01 The Kent via The Corcoran Group
21-Astor-Place-01 21 Astor Place via Engel & Volkers
443-12th-Street-01 443 12th Street via Halstead

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