A Taste of the Sweet Life in the Big Apple
It’s the backdrop for many movies, the inspiration for Alicia Keys songs and a city synonymous with dreams. But when it comes to living in decadence, it’s so much more than that. From Fifth Avenue to Park Avenue, from condominiums and brownstones to townhouses and more, with all its luxurious residential developments and jaw-dropping penthouses, New York City is where everybody wants to live.
While the extreme elegance of these homes is enough to attract most owners, low interest rates on loans, low taxation on resale and easy rental also make property here popular for those with money to spare. As a centre for business and lifestyle, whatever happens here gains a following and becomes a benchmark for other countries around the world.
It’s no wonder then that the following buildings have become some of the world’s most sought-after homes:
The River House, 435 East 52nd Street
Arguably the city’s, if not the world’s, finest apartment building, River House at 435 East 52nd Street is the epitome of luxurious living.
Erected in 1931, and designed by Bottomley, Wagner & White, the River House is an Art Deco building with a modern vibe sporting 79 private apartments spread over 26 floors. It is one of the few addresses in Midtown East, or most of Manhattan for that matter, that truly integrates its aquatic surroundings into design, appearing almost as the mast of an Art Deco ship.
With high ceilings and large rooms, River House provides a unique and spacious living experience in Manhattan, while intricate floor plans make for an almost palatial atmosphere. Oversized windows also give way to phenomenal views of the East River and Midtown. Interiors are as customizable as can be, with classical detailing blending well with either contemporary or pre-war decoration.
In addition to luxurious condominiums, River House at 435 East 52nd Street also offers some of the finest amenities in the Midtown area. With a 24-hour doorman and concierge services, residents can always feel safe in their homes. Residents can escape the city in the River House’s garden or roof deck and also offers an abundance of recreation opportunities such as a health club, pool, tennis and squash courts. Of course, all of this comes at a hefty price: apartments start at approx. $3,750,000 for 2 bedrooms. But if it’s good enough for Uma Thurman…
The Aldyn, 60 Riverside Boulevard
Welcome home to The Aldyn, where the best of Upper West Side Manhattan meets waterfront, apartment luxury living.
Designed by the well-known design firm, Roman and Williams in 2008, the building is influenced by Italian Modernism and infuses contemporary elegance. The building extends forty stories, and is comprised of 290 luxury residences with 136 apartments available exclusively for lease. It features premium materials, top-notch craftsmanship, and custom detailing throughout the interiors with gorgeous unobstructed views of the Hudson River and Riverside Park.
The interior designs make the view inside equally as lovely as the spectacular New York City view. The exquisitely decorated living space uses the top trends in interior design to bring an immaculate, luxurious look to this New York City apartment. Even in the halls there is no lack of culture.
Amenities include a 24-hour concierge service with doorman, athletic club and spa and a 38’ rock climbing wall for the adventurous. However, a 1-bedroom apartment will set you back $1,245,000 – if you’re lucky.
432 Park Avenue, 56th and 57th streets
The icons of the New York skyline have a new companion. Designed by Rafael Viñoly in 2015 and rising 1,396 feet above park avenue between 56th and 57th streets, 432 park avenue is the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere. It comprises of 96 floors and 104 condominium apartments.
All windows measure an expansive 10 feet by 10 feet, flooding residences with abundant natural light and spectacular views of Central Park, the Hudson and East Rivers, Atlantic Ocean, and many iconic Manhattan buildings and avenues.
The interiors of the residences, designed by celebrated architect Deborah Berke, epitomize elegance and sophistication. Residences feature 12’-6” finished ceilings, private elevator landings, service entrances, windowed eat-in kitchens, and large master bedroom suites with two bathrooms and adjoining dressing rooms. Interior finishes include solid oak flooring, custom hardware, and the highest quality natural materials.
Residents will enjoy 30,000 square feet (2,787 square meters) of amenities, including a lounge, private restaurant, outdoor terrace for dining and events, 75-foot indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and spa with sauna, steam, and massage rooms, library, billiards room, screening / performance venue, conference room, children’s playroom and yoga studio. In-suite dining and room service, concierge, 24-hour doorman, onsite parking garage and valet services will be provided by the building’s staff.
432 Park Avenue has reinvented the classic Park Avenue residence for the 21st century, but at a price of $5,500,000 for a 1-bedroom apartment, one would expect nothing less.