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BUY ME A RIVER

Bells and whistles abound at The Hudson, stylishly located at 225 W. 60th St. Among the offerings: a health club with an indoor workout area and an outdoor yoga terrace, a very excellent children’s playroom, and a lovely roof garden with its own bar. This 80–unit luxury tower boasts oversized 1–, 2– and 3BRs, 9–foot ceilings, floor–to–ceiling windows (oh, the views!) and hardwood floors. A number come with oversized terraces, 10–foot ceilings and gorgeous views. Kitchens feature Afrormosia wood cabinetry with translucent glass fronts and honed lava goldstone countertops; the appliances are from Jenn–Air, Whirlpool and Bosch. Master baths feature Jerusalem Bone stone tiles and Zuma tub surrounds. The double–sink vanities are also by Afrormosia, and they all have seamless glass showers. From about $725,000. IMMEDIATE

DOROTHY SOMEKH | 212.445.1001 | HALSTEAD PROPERTY

 
       

WINE AND SHINE

The amenities at 15 Madison Square North don’t get any better than the communal wine cellar designed by Morrell & Company, and a playroom decked out in toys from Kidding Around. Concierge services are from the renowned Abigail Michaels. One– to 6BR residences feature sweeping city views (units start on the 11th floor of this commercial building) and many come with home offices. Some penthouses have solariums with kitchenettes and baths. High ceilings, oversized windows and walnut floors are standard issue. Kitchens feature Arclinea Italian cabinetry with white–glass countertops; islands have Calacatta marble tops. Appliances are by Sub–Zero, Miele and Viking—and all have Grohe pot fillers and “appliance garages.” Waterworks fixtures finish off the Bianco Dolomiti marble master baths. There’s a health club and spa, too. Staff quarters from $280,000; residences from $1 million. Fall 2007

JIM BRAWDERS| 212.696.1526 | CORCORAN GROUP MARKETING

 
   
 
 

PARK HERE

High–end amenities are de rigueur at any Ritz–Carlton property and the Tower penthouse at the 50 Central Park South location is no exception. The 10,195SF full–floor condo features 5BRs, 7.5 baths, a study and a library. Facing the park, the double living room, formal dining room, library and family room provide Manhattan’s most coveted views—and two terraces offer some 750SF of al fresco pleasure. The country kitchen has an adjacent breakfast room that leads to the family room and, of course, all appliances are top–drawer. Every bathroom is marble; the master bath has a “his and her” layout. This stunner includes all the hotel amenities—including the Private Club Room, La Prairie Spa and housekeeping services, though some are a la carte. One of only 11 homes at this Ritz–Carlton, there’s a private entrance and lobby with a Tower–dedicated concierge staff. $29.5 million.

HEIDE MAMOURIS | 212.891.7175 | PRUDENTIAL DOUGLAS ELLIMAN

 
       
 
“Cool amenities are increasingly baseline for the new condos, but they cannot replace the basics,” says Frederick Peters, president of Warburg Realty Partnership. “Amenities such as refrigerated delivery storage space are cool, but it’s the huge windows, smart layouts and gorgeous finishes that wow buyers in the end.”  
 


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