365 BOND

By Daniel J. Bollinger

This 430-unit rental building comprised of studios to two bedrooms(and duplexes) offers a great lifestyle living experience in the newly discovered Gowanus area of Brooklyn. 365 Bond is located near trendy restaurants,bars, and boutiques of Smith and Court Street in Carroll Gardens—and less than 10 minutes from Manhattan. The development brought to you by Lightstone, Hill West Architects, and interior architect Mark Zeff, has great amenities, abundant green space, stunning views, and a waterfront park.

The apartments have great layouts and a high level of finishes and feature open kitchen and living room designs, lots of closets, and great views. Plenty of light penetrates all apartments thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. As David West, lead architect on 365 Bond says, “The sponsor cared about the details as much as we did so we worked well together.” The built out closets and handhelds in the showers show the level of attention on the details. I liked the kitchen design with subway tile backsplash with two-tone cabinets, gray bottoms and natural wood tone upper cabinets. This “Industrial & Modern” theme shows throughout the project with rustic brick, weathered materials, and exposed brick. David told me, “For the design aesthetic we wanted to keep the vibe of the Gowanus industrial area roots but also incorporate a modern Carroll Gardens feel into it.” The use of reclaimed wood with Bosch appliances, quartz countertops, and Kohler and Symmons fixtures in the bathrooms is quite evident.

The apartments are fantastic, but it is the 40,000- square-feet of “all windowed” amenities that make 365 Bond the perfect destination. A total of four lounges, a full chef’s kitchen for food demos and events, a game room with ping pong, foosball and more, a children’s playroom with kitchen, a sizeable fitness center overlooking the esplanade with a yoga room and full spin room and free weights with trainers available. Also, the three roof decks feature barbecue stations, seating, lounge chairs, sun tanning decks, and dining areas—and views of the Statue of Liberty, Financial District, and more. One design detail worth noting is the barn doors made of reclaimed wood that separate the lounges. It creates a warm, home-like feel and with the completely modern chef’s kitchen, this epitomizes the “Industrial & Modern” motif that Hill West Architects wanted to achieve. All of these amenities look onto the esplanade, which is a beautifully landscaped park leading around the building on the Gowanus Canal.

This property also affords something most New Yorkers only dream of—parking. Gowanus is a newly discovered area of Brooklyn that is going to become more familiar. Its strategic location close to Carroll Gardens, the Gowanus Canal, and all necessary shopping is helping it become a new hotspot. The 365 Bond address is a great new addition to this area, and applaud Lightstone, Hill West Architects, and Mark Zeff for producing a significant new development that adds to the excellent character and lifestyle living of our “New Brooklyn Rising.”

For more information on 365 Bond, visit 365bond.com.

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