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Real Estate Showcase - Fashionable Addresses


The growing buzz about Element, a swank new 35-story condo at 55 West 59th Street, is well-deserved. This dramatic glass tower glistens skyward and extends all the way through to 60th Street, making way for a majestic circular driveway, a spectacular lobby, and grounds that are just as remarkable.

“The developers wanted to create a lifestyle all but unheard of in Manhattan,” says Corcoran’s Shlomi Reuveni, noting that a flurry of luxury development in the area has given rise to a new neighborhood moniker: CCW - Columbus Circle West.

The selection of layouts has something for everyone - 1 to 4BRs, some duplexes, townhouse-style residences with private gardens, penthouses with decks. Element’s amenities package is endless: wine valet service, massage and treatment rooms, fitness center with 60ft lap pool, yoga, basketball and racquetball facilities, loads of playthings for kids including their own pool. The sweeping grounds include gardens, sunbathing area and a “great lawn”. From the $700,000s.




Lofty elegance defines Richard Meier’s celebrated 176 Perry Street, with interiors by David Easton. Prepare to be transported when you enter this opulent 4000sf aerie overlooking the Hudson - a 3BR, 2.5bth beauty with sumptuously curved Venetian plaster walls, French Provincial-inspired parquet flooring in the living and dining rooms, and a Brazilian hardwood-floored terrace offering striking views. A private corridor leads to a spacious master suite with cedar closets, full dressing room, and a blue glass-tiled master bath with steam shower and poured concrete tub. The inviting eat-in kitchen has gleaming zinc countertops, maple burl cabinets and a generous pantry.

The amenities in this West Village building can aptly be described as delicious: in addition to the fitness center, concierge and doorman, the celebrated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, a 176 resident, has opened his cozy Perry Street restaurant on the ground level. $9.9 million.



Urban living reaches a zenith at 170 East End Avenue, the new Peter Marino masterpiece across from Carl Schurz Park and Gracie Mansion. These sprawling apartments, labeled Couture Homes, are exclusively designed by Marino, who crafted the Louis Vuitton flagship store on 57th Street and the Chanel Tower in Tokyo, among many international triumphs.

Marino has incorporated rare and luxurious materials everywhere, such as rift-cut and quarter-sawn oak parquet floors and built-in rich wood cabinets offset with aluminum inlay. The master bathrooms are done with polished Italian Perlino Bianco marble slabs cut to size; powder rooms feature Chocolate Travertine vein-cut mosaic floors and marble slab walls.

Residents of 170 EEA will enjoy the benefits of 24-hour white-glove service, a parking garage, private garden, squash court, golf simulator, billiards room, a 40-seat screening room, library, full gym and toddler gym. $1.495 million to $15 million.

"Never mind what the papers are saying about the market cooling off - it’s not true of the high end. There are six beautiful co-op deals out there for $20 million and more,” says Kirk Henckels, director of Stribling Private Brokerage. “The majority are on Park Avenue, as well as Fifth - where there have also been several recent townhouse transactions in this category.”