It’s impossible to mention 212 Fifth Avenue without mentioning Jeff Bezos. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Amazon mogul recently dropped a cool $80 mil on 3 luxury pads in the condo complex. If NoMad is good enough for the world’s richest man, then undoubtedly it’s good enough for every other deep-pocketed Manhattanite.
Not new — it’s over a century old, having been built in 1912, the neo-Gothic early skyscraper and former industrial building has recently been converted to forty-eight two to four-bedroom condos. Expect the best in interior design, with oak, sycamore and ash flooring, millwork, and cabinetry combining with marble counters and bathrooms and striking park views.
Luxury amenities include a fitness center, yoga studio, treatment room, catering kitchen, and more. Who knows, the plethora of amenities might even tempt the famously private Bezos out of one of his three condos to mingle with his mere millionaire neighbors.
The Rose Hill condo development is the real estate equivalent of a new Beatles album (ok, an unearthed one). Built by the Rockefeller Group and entirely designed by noted architects CetraRuddy, the tower marks the iconic developer’s first residential building in the city since it built Rockefeller Center some 90 years ago. The good news is it was worth the wait.
Shortlisted as one of 2019’s buildings of the year by the New York-centric real estate website 6sqft.com, there’s the usual phalanx of high-end amenities one would expect in a condo of this stature, including a 50-foot pool surrounded by hand-crafted, green oxide-glazed tiled walls, squash court, gym, sauna and Empire Observatory.
When a “starchitect” is called in to sprinkle their pixie dust over a project, the exposure generated guarantees sales. The celeb architect presiding over 277 Fifth Avenue is Uruguayan superstar Rafael Viñoly.
Touted as the tallest residential condominium on lower Fifth Avenue, the 55-story, 130-unit tower is built around a centralized core which allows each unit to be free of awkwardly positioned columns. Said Viñoly of his contribution to NoMad’s ever-burgeoning skyline, “We wanted to make a building that is timeless, and that contributes to the ongoing transformation of Fifth avenue — a unique and amazing promenade in the heart of New York City.”
128 East 28th Street
If you like the idea of making friends with your neighbors as opposed to living with hundreds of strangers in a skyscraper, 128 East 28th St. may be the building for you. It will rise to a modest eight floors and contains just 11 units, which means, yes, friendship is definitely on the cards.
The modern paneled and terraced exterior wouldn’t look out of place in Miami. You probably won’t want to sit outside in your dressing gown on an NYC balcony for most of the year though, when temperatures drop, especially when each spacious unit averages a considerable 1,734 square feet. This hip little boutique building is in the midst of all the action, close to the Rose Hill section of NoMad and minutes from Madison Square Park and the subway.
Named Madison House, there’s nothing house-like about this glassy, 800-foot, super-tall skyscraper. If the idea of living among the clouds is appealing, what you lack in terra-firma, you’ll make up for in natural light.
Only the famous peak of the Empire State Building will intrude into the 360-degree vista from the duplex penthouse. As well as the thrilling views these buildings also offer 30,000 square feet of amenities including a 75-foot lap pool, spa, state-of-the-art gym, golf simulator, game room, library, private lounge with chef’s kitchen and dining room. There’s even a landscaped rooftop garden but bring an oxygen tank because the air is thinner up there!