Up high in the sky, I can be quite shiny or a little subdued, young or old, pricey or affordable, but always welcoming and accommodating. Who am I? One of the most luxurious condos in the New York City skyline.
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The most beautiful buildings in NYC are (mostly) found on the island of Manhattan. The quintessential luxe and exclusivity of the borough extend far above cozy brownstones and comfortable low-rise apartments, having been raised to the apexes of gorgeous new mid-rise and high-rise buildings of prestigious architectural design and even classic hotels where it can be quite nice to live like Eloise in the Plaza.
These condominiums lining the airways above NYC are catered to those who appreciate the crème de la crème and are accompanied by an excess of necessary amenities.
The Vertical Billionaire’s Row
SoBarnes aims to recommend the very best accommodations, so look no higher than what insiders call the “Vertical Billionaire’s Row,” a place where luxury residential complexes command spectacular views over Central Park.
Fist, let's go over the #1s: The One Madison, an impressive glass tower located on East 23rd Street, raised 60 stories, is home to 53 units and topped by a $43 million condo that is only second to Rupert Murdoch's $57 million multi-triplex penthouses just above. That's good company, and let’s not forget about the dreamy indoor marble pool and butler service! Of course, the One Beacon Court, a part of the Bloomberg Tower, should be in the running, but this you already knew. The One57 is its toughest competitor: a 1,004-feet residential building reigning over Midtown with a total of 95 condos. Consider its Winter Garden Penthouse, a collaboratively designed masterpiece set with a yoga studio, an atelier for the arts-and-crafty, and a pet-grooming room.
Still, the City Spire Penthouse ups the stakes: 8,000 sq. ft. with a private elevator, wine cellar, and 360-degree extraordinary views on a terrace that wraps around each of its 3 floors (it’s also the highest terraced residence in the US). Did we mention the 20-guest dining to celebrate your homecoming?
Room service, anyone?
Hotel or condo? Eloise says both. Manhattan’s most legendary hotels have continued the popular trend of transforming luxury hotel rooms into residential condos where residents can enjoy white-glove services in the comfort of their own home. This includes: breakfast in bed, concierge, and evening cocktails.
We’re talking about the elegant St. Regis, the infamous Plaza and Ritz Carlton, and the exceptional likes of the Baccarat Hotel, in which the typical guest services are included in the common charges (approximately $34,800 of annual fees) or a la carte to a privately owned condominiums. The house-chauffeurs at the St. Regis is limited to a 10-block radius, but it’s enough to meet your friends for a drink at The Plaza, with its stunning park views and 182 condos awaiting full ownership (they start at around $1.6 million). These hotels also offer “fractional” units, which are more reasonably priced and great short-term residencies (for business or pleasure); it ranges from $300,000 to $600,000 for studios and two-bedroom suites. The most extravagant units are typically equipped with large terraces and warm fireplaces; around 5,600 sq. ft sells for about $33 million. As they say, you have to pay to play.
Condos designed by architects
It can also be nice to live in a true work of art. Luckily, the skyline is not in short supply. The atypically exquisite glass tower at 56 Leonard in Tribeca, designed by Herzog & de Meuron includes a 25-seat theater, Olympic-size pool, and condos that range around $6,000 per sq. ft. offer floor-to-ceiling views of your dominion. The skyline's rock star, 432 Park Avenue, is brilliantly designed by the Rafael Viñoly and, aside from crazy views and the lavish amenities, also offers a residents-only gourmet restaurant and an outdoor terrace that can accommodate up to 300 guests.
The skyscraper at 53 W 53rd West specializes in diagonal beams, skyline views, and mod wine vaults that secure much more than just fermented grapes but a secret theater, private dining rooms, and personal service staff, too. Last but not least, the chic reflective-metallic-mosaic building at 100 Eleventh Avenue in Chelse is where renowned architect Jean Nouvel’s vision has come to life. Its 72 condos are just as illuminating, and you can decide how much natural light to let in with the touch sensor appliances. There is also a doorman, fitness center, valet, and view of the serene High-Line Park.
Experience the world of luxury up above, and stay tuned to SoBarnes.
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