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Historic laundry building turned live-work loft asks $1.3M on Long Island

Thursday, August 20, 2020   /   by The Villages Home Search

Historic laundry building turned live-work loft asks $1.3M on Long Island

Greenport, New York, is a bucolic, centuries-old fishing village on the North Fork of Long Island. It only has a full-time population of about 2,000, but in the summers the town swells with tourists who come to snack on local oysters, sun bathe, and sip wine in tasting rooms.

According to the New York Times, Greenport feels like a “world away” from the snazzy, top-dollar Hamptons—a more laid back cousin in the beach town family. And while Greenport still has multi-million dollar waterfront homes, the buildings are both funkier and less expensive. Take this just listed one-bedroom, one-bath artist’s loft and studio located one block off of the town’s quaint main street. Constructed in 1930, the building was previously used as the town’s laundry and sits next to simple Victorians and a former boathouse.


American film director Clay Weiner bought the home from New York City artist Rob Pruitt in 2006, and the structure was remodeled and modernized shortly thereafter. The listing offers two buildings, a 4,400-square-foot live/work space and a smaller, neighboring cottage. The larger of the two has a dark gray exterior covered in vines, a facade that hides an airy and light-filled space inside.


A long white hallway has wood accents and then wooden stairs leading up to a second story.
The first floor of the larger building has a wooden staircase with a unique tree handrail.


The almost all-white lower level has 14-foot ceilings and double-height windows, but it’s the upper level that charms. Light cascades in from a greenhouse-inspired roof above exposed wooden rafters, while the original wide-plank floors below reveal decades of character. A bright green staircase leads to a loft, and the Kelly green color is repeated as accent walls both in the simple stainless steel kitchen and the living room.


The adjacent cottage offers another work or living space, featuring a bedroom on one side, an open floorplan with a rustic kitchen, and an all-white and timber scheme. Other perks include an outdoor deck, a courtyard in between the two buildings, and easy access to New York City on the Ronkonkoma line of the Long Island Railroad. Interested? 511 Carpenter Street is on the market now for $1,295,000.


A rafted open living area has a wooden table, wood floors, and a bright green staircase.
A greenhouse-inspired roof floods the main living areas with light, and a Kelly green staircase takes you up to the loft.


A close-up of a kitchen area with stainless steel sink, wood floors, and a wooden kitchen island.
The kitchen overlooking the dining area is outfitted in sleek stainless steel counters and a large wooden table as an island.


A living room area with wooden floors, a wood coffee table, couch, and two white chairs.
Original wide-plank floors and wood wall accents complement the home’s bright pops of green.


A bedroom with oversized windows, wooden floors, and a black and white coverlet.
The bedroom in the larger building enjoys light and views from oversized windows.


A long room has exposed wooden rafter beams, living room furniture, and an open wall into a bedroom.
The smaller cottage next door features exposed wooden beams, a concrete floor, and an open-concept floorplan.


A bedroom area has a white and blue bed, light colored floors, and exposed wooden beams.
The cottage’s bedroom area, with fresh white paint and exposed rafters.



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