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.

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.

 

400 Grove Street: Hayes Valley Apartments With Exceptional Finishes

In a city with so many exciting neighborhoods and fantastic residential options, what makes 400 Grove Street one of the top spots for luxury seekers? Nestled in the heart of Hayes Valley, 400 Grove Street is a sanctuary for those who love convenient living, high-end features and a home with as many blatant indulgences are there are little secrets. As soon as one gazes upon the structure’s alluring exterior, they can tell this is no ordinary apartment complex. The stunning, sustainably sourced redwood wrap isn’t just an accessory; it’s a fully functional part of the building. This custom designed rain dowel provides protection to the building’s exterior, should Mother Nature choose to take out some stress. It also acts as a powerful screen and light diffuser, allowing the light that trickles indoors to glow beautifully.

The 400 Grove Street condos showcase ultra-modern interiors that are designed for the discerning San Francisco buyer. Take a stroll across the (once again) sustainably sourced wide-planked oak flooring, which is FSC-certified and provided by the Benedictine Monastery in Admont, Austria, an institution that’s been known for providing outstanding wood products since it was originally founded in 1024. Each apartment features a SieMatic Kitchen with gorgeous Agate and Greige finishes. Cameo White Corian countertops add an additional touch to interior spaces which also boast maximum storage space, integrated shelving and top-of-the-line patented systems and appliances.

Most of the apartments feature windows on both sides, providing fantastic indoor lighting and picturesque views of San Francisco’s rolling hills. Additionally, some residences include access to a private terrace, which many find to be a glorious sanctuary after a tiring day at the office. For those who want to immerse themselves in nature without leaving the premises, the courtyard garden is a wonderful option. Swaying bamboo screens provide the perfect amount of privacy and shade for those who want a happy place to relax or enjoy their morning coffee.

Perhaps the most reassuring reason that 400 Grove Street is an ideal place to live is the state-of-the-art virtual doorman. The only one of its kind in San Francisco, this remote-operated security system ensures that missing a package or dealing with unwanted visitors is a thing of the past. The virtual doorman is managed by security operators 24 hours a day, and residents can even communicate through the system by using the system’s web portal or convenient mobile app.

Whether it’s 400 Grove Street’s beauty or safety, luxury or convenience, there are countless reasons that it is one of the hottest properties with condos for sale in Hayes Valley.

70 Charlton Street: Luxury Soho Apartments For Sale

Those seeking solitude and style, tranquility and tres chic, have met their match in 70 Charlton, a new luxury residence located on the edge of a private park in the delightfully funky neighborhood of West SoHo. These new Soho apartments range in size from one to four-bedrooms, all located on one of Manhattan’s most historically rich and exciting streets.

Formerly an Italian enclave and Doctor’s Row soon after, Charlton Street carries as much legacy with it today as it did 100 years ago. Located in the heart of West SoHo, not far from the Hudson River Front, the luxury apartments of 70 Charlton are in the near vicinity of some of the city’s most famous and historic hotspots. Thirsty residents can pop around the corner to EAR Inn on Spring Street, the city’s second oldest bar. Today they serve cocktails and comfort food and in a cozy, dimly lit setting. Boutiques like Wyeth allow you to bring the neighborhood’s rich history home with you by offering museum quality, mid-century furnishings. For those who’d rather wear it on their bodies, there’s Miller’s Oath, a bespoke tailor shop inspired by a haberdashery that was founded in 1906 by the current owner’s grandfather. Here, men can celebrate the finer things in live by purchasing custom-fitted shirts, suits, jeans, topcoats and ties.

Of course, West SoHo is also known for celebrating the modern. Look uber stylish by picking out a fabulous (and expensive) outfit at Rick Owens’ flagship store, where it’s perfectly okay to spend $1,600+ on a black tote bag. Stop by City Winery to sip on some of the city’s best new blends while listening to sets from up and coming musicians (although this hot venue has been known to attract a few who have already reached superstardom – Prince and Justin Timberlake for starters). Popular NYC restaurant chain Westville honors a farm-to-table practice while serving up some of the city’s most inventive vegetable dishes. The newest location of La Colombe will open in West SoHo soon, meaning for residents of 70 Charlton, great coffee is just steps away from their front door.

Just a short walk or train ride from other hip spots in TriBeCa, the West Village and the rest of SoHo, 70 Charlton is the perfect spot for those looking to live their life in impeccable style. Whether it’s a rich history that attracts you to Charlton Street, or the fact that today it just happens to be one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods, there’s plenty of reasons to call 70 Charlton home.

520 West 28th Street: One of Related Companies’ Masterpieces

The masterminds at Related Companies are behind countless corporate and residential buildings worldwide. When it comes to New York City, the real estate giant has made its mark profoundly on the city’s landscape while always upholding its vision to create a legacy of positive social, economic and physical impacts for all stakeholders. Founded in 1972 by Stephen Ross, Related Housing Companies quickly rose to the top as the leading developer of affordable housing in America.

Related Companies is involved in numerous Manhattan projects at the moment, including the highly anticipated Chelsea condos at 520 W. 28th Street from Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. Making her Big Apple debut in the vibrant neighborhood of Chelsea, Hadid has designed a stunning condominium complex featuring unique luxury residences, modern aesthetics, top amenities and spectacular views of the nearby High Line, the city’s famous elevated park. Currently under construction, the condos are slated for an impending completion with plans to welcome the first residents in 2015.

Over the next several years, Related Companies’ developments will continue to shape New York City’s luxury residential offerings. In addition to 520 W. 28th St., The Abington House on the High Line and One Madison are other architectural gems turning heads of prospective buyers. As far as commercial properties go, Related Companies is responsible for the new Neiman-Marcus development set to open on Manhattan’s West Side in 2018.

20 East End Avenue: Top-Notch NYC Apartments For Sale

City dwellers seeking an escape from Manhattan’s constant energy will find solace at the new 20 East End Avenue condos, the city’s newest destination for upscale living on the Upper East Side. Featuring 43 stylish condominiums ranging from two to six bedrooms, including three duplex town homes and two expansive penthouses, 20 East End Avenue provides luxury residences for the discerning buyer. Sprawling terraces provide scenic views of Upper Manhattan and the lush East River landscape. State-of-the-art amenities such as a private bar, billiards room and wood-paneled library curated by the building’s highly esteemed architect Robert A.M. Stern, were designed to feel like an extension of each condo residence. Residents with a thirst for fresh air can opt for an evening stroll down the East River Esplanade or visit one of the area’s many peaceful green spaces including Frederick Law Olmstead’s beloved Carl Schurz Park, which also happens to be home to beautifully sculpted gardens, two dog runs and a full-sized hockey rink. Surrounded by many of the country’s finest markets, restaurants and private and public schools, 20 East End Avenue provides the perfect combination of convenience and intimacy in this secluded Upper East Side neighborhood.

Historic Pre-War Buildings on the UWS

Whether you’re a fan of Beaux Arts, Renaissance Revival, Art Deco, or Modernist Architecture, the Upper West Side is home to all of the above. The residential neighborhood is particularly well known for its many historic pre-war buildings, which have captured the eye of architecture enthusiasts and potential residents alike. Thriving in this urban jungle, filled with breathtaking landmarks is The Chatsworth; a limestone condominium which has enlightened the Upper West Side with its 12-stories of rich history. The luxury apartments at The Chatsworth promise to appeal to the most discerning buyer, showcasing spacious layouts and boasting exceptional views of the Hudson River and Riverside Park. On Riverside Drive, another great example of pre-war architecture is The Stanton, a 1931 residential building designed by architects Sugarman & Berger. The building, named after former resident Elizabeth Cady Stanton, has seamlessly mixed understated period detail, like patterned tile floors and Art Deco sconces, with modern amenities, including a doorman and live-in super, fitness center, and rooftop garden. Just over a mile south from The Stanton lies one of the city’s largest collections of pre-war architecture in the Central Park Historic District. Among the most famous of these buildings are 55 Central Park West, a 1929 Art Deco masterpiece designed by Schwartz and Gross, which was prominently featured in 1984 comedy classic Ghostbusters, which has been home to notable New Yorkers including Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Ginger Rogers. Just a few blocks south, the imposing Century building, with its two towers and Art Deco interiors, is notable not only for its striking profile against the neighborhood’s skyline, but as a local landmark, being designated as such in 1985 by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, who called it “a sophisticated essay in Art Deco design.”