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  • Photograph: Lizz Kuhel

    Studio in Wythe Confectionery

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuhel

    Studio in Wythe Confectionery

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuhel

    Studio in Wythe Confectionery

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuhel

    Studio in Wythe Confectionery

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuhel

    Studio in Wythe Confectionery

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuhel

    Studio in Wythe Confectionery

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuhel

    Studio in Wythe Confectionery

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuhel

    Studio in Wythe Confectionery

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuhel

    Studio in Wythe Confectionery

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuhel

    Studio in Wythe Confectionery

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuhel

    Studio in Wythe Confectionery

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuhel

    Studio in Wythe Confectionery

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuhel

    Studio in Wythe Confectionery

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuhel

    Wythe Confectionery

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuhel

    Wythe Confectionery

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuhel

    Wythe Confectionery

  • Wythe Confectionery

Photograph: Lizz Kuhel

Studio in Wythe Confectionery

Martha Bailey, 25, administrative fellow; Ian Kalmes, 27, operations manager
Studio; Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Rent: $2,400
Broker's fee: None
Leasing agent: Jake Cohen, Corcoran (718-422-2570, jake.cohen@corcoran.com)
Moved in: July 2011

THE SEARCH: "We moved to New York from Chicago, so the whole broker system was new to us," says Bailey. "We were wandering around Williamsburg in March, and walked by Corcoran's storefront on Bedford Avenue. They had a lot of listings, so a few weeks later, we called and they hooked us up with Jake. Since [Wythe Confectionery] was a brand-new building, there was no broker's fee."

THE SPACE: "What sold us were the 18-foot ceilings," says Bailey. "Even though the square footage is less than we had in Chicago, it doesn't feel small." Says Kalmes: "It definitely felt roomier with the high ceilings. We have a window [facing east], so the natural light throughout the day is great. The kitchen is open, and we have a big countertop that we use for cooking. Everything is brand-new. It's been great being the first people to actually live here."

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: "Our neighborhood in Chicago, Ukrainian Village, was very similar to Williamsburg, so it was an easy transition. We like [being near] lots of independent restaurants, small businesses and cool bars," says Bailey. Adds Kalmes, "Where we're at is also great location-wise, because we're close to the J/M/Z, which I take to connect to the PATH downtown, and Martha takes the L. Having both lines within walking distance is great."

THEIR FAVORITE SPOTS: "We really like Traif (229 South 4th St between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 347-844-9578, traifny.com) and Rye (247 South 1st St between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-218-8047)," says Kalmes.

ON THE PERKS OF A LUXURY BUILDING: "There's a big price difference between Chicago and New York, so we decided that if we were going to pay much higher rent, then we wanted a fairly new building with some amenities," says Bailey. "A washer-dryer was a big one—they have industrial-size washer-dryers in the basement, but we also have [a smaller unit] in our apartment. We didn't have that in Chicago. We upgraded, but the space has gotten smaller. That's to be expected in New York."

ABOUT WYTHE CONFECTIONERY: The former Matchett Candy factory, which was built in the 19th century, was converted into loft apartments this year. The building retains its metalwork, bricks and timber, and the ceilings have exposed wooden beams, made from the factory's original plank floors. Amenities include a gym, roof deck, a part-time attendant and an underground parking garage.

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