XOCO 325 West Broadway: Soho Apartments for Sale

Whimsy and style find a perfect match in DDG’s newest residential and retail endeavor, XOCO 325, located at 325 West Broadway. What makes this luxury building so spectacular is not just it’s glamorous exterior and its wonderful modern design. Perhaps the most exciting thing about these new condos is the fact that they will be located in a converted chocolate factory.

That’s right. SoHo’s iconic landmark is getting a facelift, and this time it’s the architects at Beyhan Karahan Architects and associates weaving the magic (not Willy Wonka). In fact, The Landmarks Preservation Commission was so enamored with DDG’s inventive design for XOCO 325 that the project passed through the approval process in no time, requiring only slight revisions along the way. Shortly after getting the go-ahead last fall, construction began and is expected to be complete in the later half of 2015.

So what makes the design so intriguing? For starters, the building’s façade will be updated with a cast iron screen, giving its industrial exterior a glitzy new shine. The structure’s numerous lot windows will be positioned and its signature aluminum columns will be widened and adjusted to provide picturesque views from both inside the building, as well as from the sidewalk looking in. Another impressive design element is the first floor, which is entirely covered in glass. This gives the metallic building the illusion that it is floating several feet above the bustling Manhattan street. The finished product will be nine stories tall and feature 24 luxury residences, plus a glamorous penthouse overlooking one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods.

The creative minds behind XOCO have gone to great lengths to generate additional buzz about the historic chocolate factory’s bright, new future. Eye-catching art installations have become one way to whet the appetite of potential homebuyers. After groundbreaking, the sidewalk sheds were dressed to look like a partially opened candy bar. Now they have called upon the talents of the well-known British street artist, Ben Eine to raise awareness of the new condominiums. The construction site’s scaffolding has been plastered with a vibrant, purple and red graffiti mural that reads, “THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT.ISH.” The mural is the largest of several across the city that Eine has produced to promote an upcoming art show. The teamwork here is nothing short of decadent, and is just another example of how developers are tasked with finding new ways to appeal to potential homebuyers in Manhattan’s competitive marketplace.

 

88 Lexington: Madison Square Park Condos

The unique opportunity to fuse two separate buildings into one luxury condominium complex is currently underway in Gramercy, where 88 Lexington Avenue and 90 Lexington Avenue are undergoing significant transformations in order to become the neighborhood’s new destination for high-end living. The biggest exterior transformation will be seen in 90 Lexington, whose façade will be transformed to match the pre-war limestone aesthetic that is apparent in 88 Lexington’s outer appearance.

The re-imagining of these Gramercy Park Condos which comes compliments of an ambitious collaboration between real estate development giant HFZ Capital Group and well-known design firm workshop/apd, focuses on giving the resident the benefits that would typically come along with living in a very large complex, but without the hassle. A common lobby and other shared spaces such as a fitness center gives residents access to premium services, staff and amenities without having to share a building with thousands of other people. The separate buildings also assist in minimizing traffic and providing a more natural flow for the residents in each tower. The dwellings themselves are described as light-filled, spacious and built with the consumer’s lifestyle in mind. As with any overhaul, each residence will be subject to a modern makeover. Professional grade appliances, high ceilings, expansive windows, beautiful surface finishes and generously scaled floor plans bring a modern aesthetic to the buildings’ historical charm. The base of each building will become home to duplex maisonettes, perfect for multi-person homes that need the extra space. The spacious penthouses with stunning views of Downtown New York City sit on top of each building.

The introduction of these new Gramercy condos come as no surprise to locals who have been watching the neighborhood undergo its own personal transformation over the last several years. A neighborhood that is undoubtedly experiencing an upswing, Gramercy has recently welcomed major businesses like Sarabeth’s, a restaurant and bakery known for it’s extraordinary baked goods and multiple locations in New York City, Rei Kawakubo’s Dover Street Market, a trendsetting fashion emporium located on 30th and Lexington as well as the SLS Hotel, which is set to open on 29th St. and Park Ave. South later this year.

HFZ Capital Group has been quoted as saying that the new developments at 88 & 90 Lexington Avenue brings modern living to potential buyers, a trend HFZ hoped to bring to the neighborhood. HFZ Capital Group currently has future plans to convert three additional buildings into luxury condos over the next several years.

 

The Woolworth Tower: Luxury Tribeca Condos

While its title of “tallest building in the world” may have been surpassed by glassy, modern skyscrapers, the legendary Woolworth Building still remains one of New York City’s most iconic structures for reasons beyond its still-impressive height. Originally designed by and constructed under the watchful eye of Cass Gilbert, the building is now being completely restored and has been converted to include half floor, full floor and penthouse apartments for Manhattan’s most discerning buyers. Starting at the 29th floor and rising up for 30 stories are The Woolworth Tower Residences, a new creation from the offices of Thierry W. Despont, whose talents for restoring monumental buildings can be seen in the work of structures like The Ritz Paris, the Getty Center, The Carlyle New York, Claridges London and the iconic Statue of Liberty.

These 34 residential apartments are stunning, spacious, and offer striking views of Downtown New York and the surrounding Tribeca neighborhood. Living spaces feature staggering ceilings rising up to 15-feet in height as well as multiple exposures for soaking up sunshine and breathtaking sights. Kitchens feature custom Woolworth monogrammed centerpieces as well as maple cabinetry, statuary marble countertops and backsplashes, rich Herringbone oak floors and an extensive collection of state-of-the-art Miele appliances. Heated floors and steam showers add an extra touch of comfort to the master bathrooms, which also feature platinum finished fittings from Dornbracht, maple cabinetry and window retreats set in Crema Marfil marble with Emperador Dark marble trim. For those who prefer to spend their days or evenings outdoors, the 29th floor private terraces provide a peek at some of New York’s most intriguing panoramic views.

In addition to the stunning apartments, these luxury condos in Tribeca also include access to numerous top-of-the-line amenities, such as The Woolworth Pool, which offers an on-site spa retreat complete with hot tub and sauna. The personal fitness studio allows busy New Yorkers to break a sweat any time of day, while The Gilbert Lounge is a hot spot for those who prefer to spend their free time socializing and entertaining. The wine cellar and tasting room is among the building’s many unique “residents only” territories, all of which are monitored by a 24-hour doorman and concierge.

Andromeda and Blue Venao: Panama Condos

Breathtaking sunsets, world class amenities, unparalleled oceanfront views and a lively social atmosphere all come as part of the package of living at one of Dekel Group’s up and coming luxury residential communities. Among some of their most desirable and highly anticipated new properties are Andromeda and Blue Venao, two luxury condominium and villa developments located near Panama’s popular Pedasi city center. Considered relatively affordable, these beautiful beach communities are attracting clients of all ages and statuses, who are looking to experience a little slice of paradise paired with just the right amount of luxury. Whether clients are first time buyers or investigating Andromeda or Blue Venao as the setting for a second home or rental property, there are endless positives that seem to come along with calling either of these communities “home”.

The Azuero Peninsula condos at Andromeda are located just three minutes from the tourist-friendly city center, and a short, 45-minute drive to the bustling Panama City metropolis, Andromeda combines convenience with comfort, and features an enviable list of world class amenities to boot. Residents enjoy access to a gorgeous infinity-edge pool, numerous outdoor tennis courts, a designated sports area, a full-service spa , a yoga practice area, an air-conditioned game and social area, a relaxation pond and the uber exclusive social hangout, The Los Vientos Beach Club, where residents can mingle and enjoy specialty cocktails at the very foot of the ocean. Fans of aquatic activities will find no shortage of fishing, swimming, snorkeling and sailing opportunities, right in their backyard.

The nearby Panama City residences at Blue Venao is Dekel’s flagship beachfront community, located in Playa Venao – an area frequented for it’s famous sunsets and top notch beaches. Already a popular destination for beach aficionados and ambitious surfers, Blue Venao’s Spanish-colonial master plan includes 98 condominiums and more than 50 villa-style homes, providing a wide range of living options for even the most discerning buyer. State of the art architectural design lends itself to the Crescent Bay’s natural beauty, with expansive windows that keep living areas sunny and serene, as well as a superb cross-ventilation system that filters the ocean’s natural breeze throughout the home welcoming those happy beach vibes indoors. The social resident will enjoy the community’s on-site restaurant and waterfront bar where those aforementioned legendary sunsets are best enjoyed with a tropical beverage in hand.

Natural beauty attracts people to Panama’s beaches, and unmatched luxury residences available at affordable prices keep them there. When it comes to living in comfort and style, there’s nothing quite like the homes that are currently up for contracts at Andromeda and Blue Venao.

Pedasi Tours: Panama Vacations

Did you know that it was possible to watch families of Humpback Whales play in their natural environment, go snorkeling in colorful coral reefs and visit some of the world’s most sought after wineries, all in the same day? It’s ambitious, but in Panama all of these activities and more are readily accessible to adventurous tourists. When it comes to planning an unforgettable vacation, no one does it better than Pedasi Tours, a Panama-based tourist company, whose favorable reviews and winning customer service team has made them the go-to industry leader for visitors and locals alike.

The Pedasi region, located at the northern tip of the Azuero Peninsula is a charming community offering remarkable beaches, delicious food and colonial style home. Explore more of the peninsula and you’ll see where the modern world melds tradition with today. Visitors quickly understand the rich history that has lived on through the native people and eye-catching architecture for centuries. The Playa Venao community is a must for experienced surfers looking to catch the best waves, but anyone will appreciate the famous Venao sunset as it sparkles and gleams over the Crescent Bay.

Day Trips and packages are available for tourists who want to take their trip to the next level. Pedasi Tours offers full travel packages which include airfare, accommodations and excursions, ensuring that visitors don’t have to waste any time in the planning phase. Various day trips are available for those who want to enhance their trip with a scenic boat trip, a memorable encounter with indigenous animals or a guided tour that reveals the marvelous secrets that the majestic country of Panama has to offer.

Many tourists opt for a whale-watching day trip, which offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see entire families of massive, Humpback Whales interacting in their natural environments. Various world-renowned nature preserves give visitors a chance to get up close and personal with many of the animals that are native to the region, including four species of turtles unlikely to be so easily found anywhere else in the world. Explorers who wish to experience rarely seen areas of the jungle can follow a guide on horseback through lush trails where Panama’s plant life and wildlife roam free.

Cultural buffs will be thrilled with Pedasi’s three-hour city tour offering which includes reservations at a world renowned restaurant known for its decadent Panamanian fare, a visit to the most exclusive centerpieces of Pedasi’s nightlife and an optional wine-tasting tour to round out an unforgettable trip with a little indulgence.

Dekel Development: Real Estate in Panama

The Dekel Group is more than just a real estate development and asset management group – they are pioneers of the modern Panama landscape as we know it. Of course, it wasn’t always that way. Seven years ago these real estate developers in Panama had an eye for expansion, today their impressive portfolio of land and real estate assets have helped them solidify their position as frontrunners in the commercial and residential development as well as leisure and hospitality industries. Now comprised of 15 individual businesses, Dekel Group covers all bases of corporate management and governance by exercising talents for financial control and asset management as well as engineering, design and architecture, property management and construction.

Today, Dekel Group focuses on three main areas of development: “urban historic,” “oceanfront living” and “ocean and urban lifestyles.” Properties under these umbrellas range from conservative apartment complexes and uber-luxe oceanfront residential communities to high-end hotels and travel and tourism services, making them one of the most versatile teams in Panama.

Their talents for converting historic buildings are seen in residential buildings like the Bola de Oro, a pristine five-story apartment building located on Main Street with remarkable views of the nearby bay, or Heurtematte, which actually serves as Dekel’s main office building, located at the gateway between the popular cities of San Felipe and Santa Ana.

Experience Dekel’s most luxurious contributions to residential real estate by visiting Andromeda, a high-end oceanfront community located just three minutes from Pedasi’s city center and a quick, 45-minute drive to Panama City. The equally luxurious Blue Venao development sits at the center of Horseshoe Bay, located in the flagship beach community of Playa Venao community, which is frequented by beach lovers and avid surfers alike.

Tourists have ample options for stunning accommodations across Panama, thanks to Dekel’s various contributions, which range from Pedasito, a 10-room boutique hotel with a noteworthy dining menu, a full-service spa and a luxurious swimming pool, perfect the country’s endless supply of sunny days. More adventurous travelers can opt to stay at one of the three stunning Selina Hostels locations, in Playa Venao Pedasi, Casco Viejo and Bocas del Toro. Once settled in, tourists can sample Pedasi Tours’ (another Dekel property) long list of activities and excursions ranging from unforgettable fish trips to breathtaking day trips to the area’s most picturesque waterfalls. Pedasi Tours’ customer service team is the cornerstone of the operation, ensuring that visitors have the very best experience possible during their adventures in Panama.

Watermark Seaport: Boston Lofts for Rent

“Unrivaled, Unobstructed, Unconventional” – this is the tagline of Watermark Seaport, a new residential, commercial and retail building currently under construction in South Boston’s booming Seaport Square District. Specifically offering tower and loft rentals in South Boston, Watermark Seaport is set to welcome its first residents this fall. Watermark Seaport is part of much bigger changes currently underway on Boston’s scenic waterfront. Skanska USA Commercial Development Inc. and Twining Properties’ joint project will bring two new luxury towers to the southeast corridor of Seaport Boulevard and Wharf Road. The towers will include nearly 275,000 square feet of space, which will eventually be occupied by new residents and new retail stores. The allocation of space looks like this: the smaller six-story building will be home to retail stores, while the much larger 17-story building will house 350 luxury apartments. Interested parties can register to learn more about the homes by visiting www.watermarkseaport.com.

Of course, Watermark Seaport is not the only exciting addition coming to Boston’s Seaport District. Over the last few years, major names like Skanska Commercial Development, Boston Global Investors, Morgan Stanley and WS Development have been instrumental in developing Boston’s burgeoning waterfront neighborhood. Over the last several years, the Seaport District has seen nearly 23-acres and 6.3-million-square-feet of property become prime real estate. The construction of five new streets, 20 buildings and four public gathering spaces puts into perspective just how dramatic the shift has become.

The minds behind these South Boston lofts are busy with additional real estate as well. The New York City development firm Skanska USA also has their hands on 101 Seaport, the future home of PricewaterhouseCooper’s LLP’s new Boston headquarters. This signature office building is located on the same corner as Watermark Seaport, across from Boston’s Innovation Center and the future site of Seaport Square Park. 101 Seaport will be home to 440,000 square feet of office space and an additional 20,000 square feet of retail space. Last November, Skanska USA also picked up 121 Seaport, or Parcel L2, as it is often referred to. The 430,000 square-foot office tower marks Skanska’s third Seaport Square purchase, and has solidified the development firm as one of the driving forces behind the waterfront transformation.

 

NEST CASA: Sara Colombo’s European Home Accessories and Modern Décor

Exquisite European home accessories and modern décor are made easily accessible at Sara Colombo’s impressive showroom and website, NEST Casa. Colombo’s one-of-kind-collection wasn’t curated overnight. Her impeccable taste comes from years of traveling the world as a model, making homes in fashion-forward cities like London and Paris, and eventually teaming up with renowned developer and husband, Ugo Colombo, who has called upon her expert interior design talents on numerous occasions. Her work has appeared in a number of his Miami residential and commercial projects, among others fashion-forward residents from around the globe. Years of experience and a natural eye for elegance have made Colombo one of the top names in Miami’s burgeoning interior design scene.

Finding rare, high end gifts and home accessories has never been easier thanks to the staff of experts at NEST Casa. Even better yet, NEST also comes fully staffed with installation and interior design specialists who have the know-how to bring your new and improved home to life. The collection in the showroom at 9700 Collins Avenue spans categories to fit the needs of any homebuyer or interior designer. NEST Casa specializes in custom and vintage items, in addition to a wide range of other offerings including textiles, tabletop (dinnerware/stemware/flatware), handcrafted lighting, custom metal works and luxury gifts for men and women. Custom upholstery, custom finishes and rare sizes are available, making this a popular destination for those looking to outfit homes with unique, modern layouts.

World-renowned designers such as Pinto Paris, Arca, Kelly Wearstler, and Missoni are all part of the showroom’s gorgeous, eye-catching and dynamic display. Jeremy Cole’s custom lighting fixtures also have their place to shine on-site, alongside Domus’ custom metal works which can be big and bold or understated and subtle. Alexandra Von Furstenberg, designer and owner of her own home furnishings line, has a number of playful, acrylic frames, boxes, vases, bookends, and games on display at NEST Casa. She praises Colombo’s thoughtfully curated showroom in a new series titled, The Influencers, in which some of the world’s most exciting and innovative designers share their testimonials and stories surrounding Columbo and NEST Casa. “Shopping at NEST Casa is always fun,” Furstenberg says. “The carefully curated selections are reliably tasteful, elegant and on the cutting edge of design.”

111 West 57th Street: New Manhattan Condos

If you’re looking for the skinny on 111 West 57th St., there’s finally plenty of information available about JDS Development Group and Property Market Group’s newest project. The staggering Midtown skyscraper is easily recognizable among a sea of iconic buildings and new developments alike. The terra cotta and bronze façade of “the slenderest tower in the world” pays homage to Manhattan’s Golden Age, but there’s nothing dated about this building. The architects at SHoP have pulled out all of the stops to create one of the city’s most modern designs, while still incorporating thoughtful pre-war elements to create old-world charm.

With so many interesting new residential condo buildings coming to market over the next several years, what makes this structure so alluring? The secret is 111 West 57th Street’s revolutionary design. The walls were designed much thicker than usual which contributes heavily to the overall structural soundness (not to mention is the main reason that higher up tenants get column free views). The other surprising architectural element is the gigantic steel weight that will be positioned near the peak of the building. You see, this skinny skyscraper needs to gain some weight in order to minimize exposure to wind. Even residents in the highest floors won’t have to worry about swaying, thanks to this thoughtful design.

The ultra narrow, 80-story luxury residential condo building is home to 60 total apartments. For those seeking the sweeping views of Midtown Manhattan and Central Park, 46 of the apartments are located in the building’s tower, which tops off at an unbelievable 1,428 feet. To get a sense of just how insanely tall this is, understand that 111 West 57th Street will best nearby iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building and the Chrysler building by more than 200 feet.

Another interesting fact about the 46 tower residences (the other 14 are located in Steinway Hall at the building’s base) is that each apartment is its own floor. The three elevators located inside the buildings lobby take residents directly to their own exclusive floor where they will find a 5,000 square foot apartment with 15-foot ceilings, and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows from which to enjoy those sprawling scenic views.

 

101 Wall Street: NYC Apartments For Sale Generating High Demand

The striking new façade taking shape amidst of Downtown Manhattan’s crowded skyline is not a new building, although you’ll be hard pressed to convince visitors. Originally constructed in 1931, 101 Wall Street, located between Water Street and Front Street in Manhattan’s historic Financial District, demonstrates sophistication and subtle luxury. The building’s updated exterior incorporates numerous setback terraces to create a geometric appearance that is both eye catching and functional to the building’s overall lighting aesthetic. “Our design philosophy for 101 Wall was inspired by the geometric character of the building and the subtleties of light it creates,” says internationally renowned Dutch Interior Designer, Piet Boon. “We imagined it as a tranquil retreat. A place of calm and refinement.” The converted building will eventually feature a collection of luxury condos for sale that are as beautiful as they are spacious.

Boon is responsible for the understated contemporary interiors, which celebrate the beauty of simplicity. Bespoke entry and interior doors lead to expansive rooms, which also feature oversized casement windows, wide plank herringbone floorboards, custom baseboards and beamed ceilings. Boon’s kitchen and bathroom designs include custom white lacquer cabinetry with oak finishes, a full suite of state-of-the-art Bosch appliances, beautifully crafted fixtures and atmospheric lighting. Most condos include a glass enclosed shower and backlit medicine cabinets, adding to the home’s overall elegance.

101 Wall also offers an extensive list of top-of-the-line amenities ranging from a quiet and secluded library perfect for studying or working on personal projects to a charming children’s playroom and game room. The private workout studio is open 24-hours, providing added levels of convenience regardless of work hours or a busy lifestyle. Those who enjoy entertaining will appreciate the rooftop lounge and terrace overlooking the nearby East River, numerous green spaces and the surrounding lower Manhattan neighborhood. In addition to breathtaking views, the terrace also provides ample seating, grilling and al fresco dining areas, a finished bar setting and a discreet catering kitchen perfect for entertaining friends or hosting intimate events.

101 Wall’s surrounding neighborhood is equally impressive, boasting the very best in upscale dining, shopping and entertainment options. Historical taverns and restaurants line the area’s cobblestone streets, including Delmonico’s, which is known as America’s original high-end steak house. The newly restored South Street Seaport is home to numerous boutiques, restaurants, bars and summer festivals. Weekly events like outdoor movies on the port, and alternative music festivals like Four Knots attract NYC residents from all boroughs seeking seaside culture and entertainment.