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ALTAIR EGO

At Altair 20, on 20th Street off Fifth, purchase any one of 17 light-filled 2BR homes with home offices. At Altair 18, on 18th Street off Fifth, choose from among 22 homes, all with 3 BRs. These two sister properties serve up similar deluxe finishes and amenities, including Valcucine kitchens - some with rosewood-finished cabinetry, white glass countertops, dish-warming drawers, appliances from Miele including built-in coffee systems, and Sub-Zero goodies including two-zone wine coolers and separate refrigerator drawers. Spa-like baths are clad in stone from floor to ceiling and include rain showers. Master baths feature oversized BainUltra ThermoMasseur tubs and Sony Wega flat-panel TVs. Among the new generation of tony amenities and finishes are the La Palestra fitness centers, and boutique hotel-style rooftop decks with super-chic cabanas. Both buildings are open for sale; occupancy fall ’06. Prices for Altair 20 start at $2.45 million; Altair 18 starts at $3.45 million.

JIM BRAWDERS | 212.352.3218 | CORCORAN GROUP MARKETING

   
 

IT’S HIGH TIME

555 West 23rd Street, designed by Stephen B. Jacobs and Andi Pepper, boasts an unparalleled location along “Gallery Row”, just steps from the High Line. Its two interconnected buildings run from 23rd to 24th Street and contain 336 units. Choose a studio, 1 or 2BR condominium. Many have river views and terraces (the penthouse terrace is sprawling!). Stainless-steel kitchens are adorned with grigio sardo granite countertops, cayenne maple-matte cabinetry and tiled floors. Master baths come with Amarillo stone showers. All units have private wall safes. Superb building amenities include a 9,000sf landscaped courtyard terrace for glamour tanning, a huge Cardio Theater fitness center, a residential lounge with two plasma TVs, pool table and fireplace, to say nothing of beck-and-call concierge service and a lobby water wall for serenity. Since Chelsea is shopping central, we say nothing beats the convenience of a residential ATM. From $465,000 to $1.6 million.

RICHARD CANTOR | 212.989.5523 | CANTOR & PECORELLA INC.

     
         
   
    ZEN AT WORK

Sundari Lofts & Tower at 158 Madison is a visual masterpiece from architect-of-the-moment Ismael Leyva, and the buzz is at an all-time high. Citi Habitats Marketing Group is offering 50 stunning 1 to 3BR sanctuaries. From 1BR lofts to full-floor 2 and 3BRs, these homes feature walls of windows, soaring ceilings and royal mahogany floors throughout. Nearly all have sun-filled balconies or terraces. Gourmet kitchens feature ozer gold marble countertops, anigre wood cabinetry and appliances from Sub-Zero and Miele. Master baths feature Duravit Starck fixtures, including freestanding soaking tubs. Penthouses have rambling stretches of outdoor space with smartly-designed hot tubs and great views. Garden townhouses have private outdoor space with direct access to the Zen-inspired reflection garden, featuring a cascading waterfall and glass-tiled skylight for viewing the 58ft lap pool and cardio-equipped fitness center below. Homes are selling out fast; occupancy mid-2007. Full-floor 2BRs start at 1.5 million; townhouses from about $1.6 million.

CLIFFORD FINN | 212.SUNDARI | CITI HABITATS MARKETING GROUP
 
       
             
“The most prestigious addresses have always been distinguished by that rare combination of fine architecture and deluxe service,” says Kirk Henckels, executive vice-president and director of Stribling Private Brokerage. “Today, our great 21st-century architects are bringing unparalleled luxury to some of New York City’s finest buildings.”  
 


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