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From studios to 1BRs and 1BRs plus dens that can easily be combined to create a 3BR home, 865 United Nations Plaza on First Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets has been converted from a rental to a condominium. A pre-war Tudor-style beauty in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, many units have East River views and lucky owners who buy on the top four floors get to enjoy the coziness of wood-burning fireplaces. Square footage ranges from 560 to 948 square feet (1,822 square feet, when combined) and ceilings rise more than nine feet above hardwood floors. Windowed kitchens are dressed up with limestone floors and feature appliances from Sub-Zero, Miele, and GE Profile. The wood cabinetry is finished off with granite countertops. Marbled master baths boast Zuma soaking tubs and some have marble-topped vanities. Round-the-clock doorman service. From $600,000. IMMEDIATE.

SARAH BURKE | 888-898-GREEN | THE DEVELOPERS GROUP


IN THE HEIGHTS

While the exterior of the Franklin Trust building remains in the style of the 19th century Romanesque Revival, the interiors at 166 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights have been converted to luxury 1BR and 3BR loft condos. Ranging from 700 to 1,860 square feet, some have private outdoor space. Ceiling heights soar from 10 to 17 feet up above wide-plank Brazilian cherry wood floors framed by oversized Pella windows. The open kitchens feature Italian wood cabinetry topped with Carrera polished marble, Viking Designer Series appliances, and wine coolers from Sub-Zero. All decked out in Pietra Bedonia stone and Italian ceramic tiles, master baths sport glass-enclosed shower stalls and Kohler Tea-for-Two soaking tubs. Oversized vanity mirrors come with built-in TVs and Italian wood vanities are topped with polished Thassos marble. Leisure pleasures include a lovely roof deck and a well-equipped fitness center. From $600,000. EARLY 2009.

MADELINE WILLIAMSON | 718-222-4166 | PRUDENTIAL DOUGLAS ELLIMAN


AT THE CORNER OF SHOPPING AND STYLE

This Rosario Candela rental has recently converted to a CetraRuddy-designed-condominium. Located at 40 E. 66th Street at Madison Avenue, this splendid building is made of 3BR homes with wood-burning fireplaces. Many feature formal dining and maid’s rooms. Each is adorned with pre-war finishes and comes in at 2,450 square feet with 9-foot ceilings over white oak herringbone floors. Large eat-in kitchens have Cote d’Or limestone floors and custom-designed white wood cabinetry with Calacatta marble worktops. Appliances, including wine coolers, are from Viking, Sub-Zero, and Miele. Master baths boast radiant-heat, custom-designed, basket-weave marble tile floors, heated towel racks, frameless glass-enclosed shower stalls, Zuma or Kohler Tea-for-Two soaking tubs, and double-sink vanities topped with Calacatta gold marble. Fitness center and a playroom for the kids included. From $6 million. DECEMBER 2008.

BARBARA RUSSO | 212-734-4066 | CORCORAN SUNSHINE MARKETING GROUP


EXCHANGING PLACES

A landmark building that once reigned as one of the world’s tallest buildings, the 1931 City Bank Farmers Trust building at 20 Exchange Place in the Financial District has been converted into a luxury rental. Offering studios to 2BRs, including duplexes, some 1BR units have home offices—and quite a few have great skyline views. Square footage ranges from 490 to 1,500 square feet and ceilings rise 11 feet above wood parquet floors. Kitchens feature appliances from Liebherr and Fisher & Paykel and boast granite or white oak floors and lacquer-finished custom cabinetry with granite countertops. Master baths feature marble and porcelain tiles. Count on enjoying the landscaped sundeck, the resident’s lounge equipped with billiard and card tables, and a fitness center. Concierge services. From $2,500 monthly. IMMEDIATE.

MITCHELL WASSER | 212-937-6790 | METRO LOFT MANAGEMENT



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