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Real Estate Showcase - Conversions

The dramatic 20-story Beekman Regent at 351 E. 51st St. is now home to 64 one- to four-bedroom condos developed by Dennis A. Herman of Beekman International Center. The former 1890s Romanesque revival schoolhouse, its original four-story façade intact, includes 10 loft homes, five duplex townhouse apartments with enormous terraces, 30 classic apartments and 18 penthouses, including one with five wood-burning fireplaces and a 1,500SF terrace. Ceilings range from 9 to 14 feet high. Luxury abounds: marble window sills on the 10-foot windows, Italian mahogany floors and sterling-silver fixtures in the bathrooms. All have formal dining rooms, and a number have terraces or balconies.

Kitchens have Italian porcelain floors (grey slate for the lofts), granite countertops and dark-cherry cabinets; Miele, Sub-Zero and Thermador appliances round it out. Bathrooms have deep Jacuzzi soaking tubs and marble vanities (onyx for the lofts). All residents can enjoy the lounge, with a plasma-screen TV; fitness center, conference/dining room, business center, and a wine cellar. Priced from $2.79 to $6.5 million.5.
Built in the 1920s as a hotel, the seven-story, 14-unit Broadway Riverview at 20 Broadway in Williamsburg has recently been converted to one- and two-bedroom five-star condo lofts, ranging in size from 950 to 1,300SF. The two duplex penthouses offer sprawling sunny-all-day rooftop terraces and outstanding vistas (most of the other homes have gardens or balconies). There’s immeasurable appeal everywhere—from the soaring ceilings to kitchens with custom Anigre wood cabinets, Costa Esmeralda green granite counter tops and Viking appliances. Bathrooms come with slate walls, limestone floors, glass mosaic tiles and custom-pear wood vanities topped with Cascais stone or Montauk black slate. When the sales office opens on Dec. 2, prices will range from the low $500,000s to just over $1 million. Occupancy is set for late winter 2005.  
Broker: David Maundrell

In a word—gorgeous! Two three-bedroom, multibath condos at 213 W. 23rd St. are set in a century-old landmark building that was formerly the McBurney YMCA. These two trophy homes, in the space once occupied by the racquetball court, boast meticulously restored plaster ceilings at an amazing 17 feet high (windows top out at 13 feet). Wide-plank Brazilian walnut floors span 3, 500SF of living space. Every room has audio control. The seriously sleek and prestigious Binova “techno-logical” state-of-the-art culinary kitchens serve up details you never thought you needed—plus those you expect: stainless-steel appliances, and countertops. Slate-floor bathrooms have huge soaking tubs and teak vanities (there’s steam and sauna in the master baths). The pièce de résistance is a complimentary membership to the David Barton Gym downstairs. Priced at $3.2 million. Expected completion: January 2005 for occupancy in the spring.

Broker: Larry Carty
212-962-6293, x104
    “Converting commercial buildings into residential homes is a marvelous reuse of incredible spaces that naturally have vast expanses of space, high ceilings and huge windows,” says Ruth McCoy, executive vice president of Brown Harris Stevens. “It gives buyers a perfect blend of old-world architectural amenities and today’s tech-smart conveniences.”