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Real Estate Showcase - The West Side

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A NOT-SO-LITTLE SLICE OF HISTORY  

The 17-room, 7,000sf apartment that actor, singer and composer Harry Belafonte is selling on West End Avenue has been home to his family for 48 years, and home-away-from-home for some of the best-known names in politics and entertainment. “This was the New York home for Martin Luther King, Jr.,” says Belafonte. Over the years, John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Sidney Poitier and Desmond Tutu were all guests.

Now Belafonte is selling for $15 million. “It’s too much space for my wife and me,” he says. The home occupies an entire floor with 8 BRs, 9 bths, and not one but two keyed elevators with entry foyers. It features a master suite with sauna and steam room, an oversized library/office, a music room and a darkroom. The kitchen is accented with Mexican tile, and has two Sub-Zero refrigerators. So, will Mr. Belafonte buy in Manhattan? His answer: “It’s impossible to live anywhere else.”

MARIA PASCAL | RICHARD MORTIMER | 212.769.9865
PRUDENTIAL DOUGLAS ELLIMAN

 
 

A STAR IS BORN

When developer Jeffrey Katz of Sherwood Equities bought 1600 Broadway in Times Square in 1986, he had no idea that it would one day be a residential building. “The area was so different back then,” he says. But one thing hasn’t changed. “The lights and energy of this part of the city make it unlike anywhere else.”

Now residents can experience the sizzle at 1600 Broadway on the Square. 137 studio, 1, 2 and 3BR units - most with home offices - have magnificent views from floor-to-ceiling windows. Kitchens feature granite countertops, sandblasted mirrored backsplashes and Sub-Zero appliances. Master baths offer oversized soaking tubs and stainless-steel trough-basin sinks.

If you long for a little nature amid the neon, the 4th-floor entertainment lounge (with catering kitchen and billiards) opens onto an outdoor plaza with lawns, trees and a putting green. A rooftop observatory with sunbathing chairs and outdoor showers will make you feel like you’re in the Hamptons. Due to open spring 2006. Starting at $555,000.

JACQUELINE URGO | 212.247.1600 | THE MARKETING DIRECTORS, INC.

   
 
  CENTER OF ATTENTION

On West 60th Street, with the river on one side, the park on the other, and a whole bunch of a New York culture in-between, The Hudson will offer residents a chance to experience the best of the West Side. “The area is so dynamic,” says Highlyann Krasnow, executive vice president of The Developers Group, the exclusive sales agent, along with Halstead Property, for the 21-story condominium. “It’s just blocks from Central Park, Lincoln Center, and the Time Warner Center with all of its shops and restaurants.”

The 80 units, including seven penthouse apartments with fireplaces and rooftop terraces, all feature floor-to-ceiling windows, Bosch washer/dryers and dishwashers, and Jenn-Air refrigerators. The Hudson has a 24-hour concierge, children’s playroom and - sure to be a favorite among singles and stressed-out parents - a rooftop terrace with wet bar. It’s slated for opening next summer. Sales begin September 22. 1BRs start at $600,000.

HIGHLYANN KRASNOW | 212.445.1001 | THE DEVELOPERS GROUP
   
   
“What we’re seeing with the West Side right now is a shortage of properties,” says Greg Heym, chief economist at Halstead Property. “Lots of buyers are combining apartments, such as a one-bedroom and the studio next to it, which takes inventory off the market. Plus, the West Side is very sought-after, so you can see why prices are up sharply.”  


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