Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, with interiors by Thierry Despont, the 1,050-foot-high 53 West 53 (formerly known as Tower Verre) offers its well-heeled residents spectacular amenities along with incredible views. The mixed-use supertall skyscraper, which includes expansion space for the museum and a private restaurant, towers above the Museum of Modern Art, as the developers paid the museum and its neighbor, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, a combined $85.3 million for the air rights.
Set on the 21st-floor, this condo includes fab views of the New York City skyline, and in accordance with the celebrated museum below, is chock-full of iconic design pieces, both contemporary and vintage, that interact with Nouvel’s sculptural architecture. Just listed for $6.67 million, with more than $5,100 in monthly common charges, the apartment is available via Douglas Elliman listing agents Shari Scharfer-Rollins, Jade Chan, Frances Katzen, Renee Micheli, Fredrik Eklund and John Gomes.
With north- and east-facing exposures, as well as gracious proportions and high ceilings that allow the architecture to speak for itself, the apartment spans 2,410 square feet, offering two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms. The foyer gives way to the great room, which is lined with floor-to-ceiling windows on two walls. The staging and décor was done by ASH NYC; the classic furniture makes the space feel stylish and timeless. The great room includes a Bachelor-Chair, designed by Verner Panton in 1955, a Sante End Table by Four Hands, two 1969 Soriana Lounge Chairs, designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, and a 70s-style marble coffee table.
Pocket doors in long, wide entrance gallery open to the compact but smartly arranged eat-in galley kitchen, where statuary marble countertops and back-lit backsplashes complement back-painted glass cabinetry. The master suite includes a large walk-in closet, plus a smaller second closet and a uniquely configured en-suite outfitted with marble, limestone and travertine. The second bedroom also sports a walk-in closet and an en-suite with limestone fittings. There is also a discreetly located powder and a utility closet with washer and dryer, the latter a plum feature that will save the housecleaner time-consuming trips to a common laundry room.
And don’t forget the 30,000 square feet of amenities, which includes, according to the listing, “staff who provide deeply personalized, five-star-hotel-level services that transcend even the most discerning expectations.” Sounds like they’re expecting some challenges from residents! There may not be a hyper-trendy pickleball court, but the otherwise well-stocked wellness center does include a full gym, separate high- and low-energy fitness studios, a regulation squash court, a golf simulator, men’s and women’s saunas and steam rooms, and a spa treatment room. There’s also a naturally lit 65-foot lap pool, a cold plunge pool and a spa tub. Other amenities include a library, a screening room, children’s playroom, bike storage and storage.
While $6.7 million surely seems like an extremely high price for a two-bedroom condo — and it is — it pales in comparison to a 75th-floor two-bedroom penthouse that’s currently in contract to be sold with a $33 million asking price.