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Real Estate Showcase - Best Luxury Properties


Family-friendly to the max, the glass-curtain Ariel East and Ariel West towers at 99th and Broadway offer an impressive list of luxury finishes and amenities. Many of these 2 to 5BR homes boast Hudson River and Central Park views, and there are some penthouses with outdoor spaces. Kitchens come with Viking appliances; style-seeking buyers can choose from a selection of cabinetry and finishes. Baths have Siberia marble floors, glass-tiled walls and limestone-topped vanities. Tone and beautify at La Palestra fitness spa, where you can swim in the skylit pool set beneath the lush multi-level West Garden (yes, there’s an East Garden). Take in a movie or recital in the private theater, or cue up in the billiards parlor - these spaces combine to make a great banquet space with catering kitchen. Kids can romp in either of two themed playrooms, while grownups can relax in the resident lounges. And since families often have pet members, there is indeed a pet spa. From $1.335 million.




Once the renowned Sutton Hotel whose guests included literary lions like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dorothy Parker, The Sutton East Condominium on 56th between Second and Third is now offering furnished or unfurnished 1 and 2BRs with all the luxury finishes expected from a prestigious property. In addition to lustrous mahogany floors and soaring coffered ceilings, all have TVs, DVDs, Internet access and standard cable services. Poggenpohl kitchens include appliances from Sub-Zero, Bosch and GE, and roomy marble bths boast polished brass faucets and finishes. Some units have terraces and/or solariums. Building amenities include a health club with pool, sauna and massage treatment room. Apart from the establishment’s impressive concierge service, both housekeeping and valet services are available a la carte. Sublets for up to two years sans board approval are allowed, making this property ideal for both buyers and investors. Open. Priced from $752,000 to $1.19 million.



At 304 Spring, west of Hudson Street, luxury-seekers can choose between 13 expansive, light-filled 2BR/2bth residences. Each home in this unique and intimate new condominium features floor-to-ceiling walnut-framed windows, stunning 5''-wide-plank walnut floors, and a home office. Some have terraces; upper floors have river views. Stylish Ambiente Italia kitchens come with stainless-steel countertops, sexy white-lacquered cabinetry, and Viking and Bosch appliances. Spa-like master bths (some windowed) have gorgeous Pietra Serena floors, Waterworks tile walls, deep Kohler Tea-for-Two tubs, separate showers, custom vanities with Vola fittings, and electric towel warmers. Guest bths have slate floors, Waterworks tiling and Maestro extra-deep tubs. The duplex penthouse has a dramatic double-height entertaining space, and over 1,500 sf of multi-level outdoor spaces with heartstopping river and city views; two sprawling terrace areas make for spectacular social occasions, while a lovely private terrace transforms the master BR/bth suite into an enchanted oasis. Each home has keyed elevator entry. From $1.825 million.


“Luxury properties in Manhattan will never go out of style,” says Sharon E. Baum, senior vice-president of The Corcoran Group. “The premier buildings of the 1930s are still the gold standard for living the good life. What you see now are conversions and developments that offer that very same traditional style of living well, except they are raising the bar by offering spectacular amenities and services.”