New Condos For Ultra-Rich Come With A New Wave Of Super-Slick Amenities

New cutting edge features in high-end condos make residents feel like they’re living on a futuristic movie set.

By Jeff Vasishta December 19, 2016
111 Murray Street. Photo courtesy of

Facial recognition. We’ve seen it in the movies—a retina scan before a hi-tech door swishes open and shuts in a space station or some ultra secretive branch of the military. Guess what—now this feature is available in Miami’s One River Point‘s chic new condos. Who knows, maybe it’s also coming to a town near you—along with other luxury amenities that make the ultra rich feel like they’re on a movie set every day of their lives.

There was a time when a simple community lounge and children’s play area would suffice. If it was a gym you wanted, a few running machines and a set of dumbbells could be found in the basement by the clanging boiler. No more. At One Manhattan Square, for example, health conscious homeowners get to feel like they’re training for the Olympics with TRX cables, elastic bands and medicine balls. Don’t be surprised to find a yoga, meditation and Turkish style steam rooms, as well the new must-have—a saltwater pool.

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At the Delos townhouse, (66 East 11th Street in Greenwich Village,) where Leonardo Di Caprio owns, there are vitamin C-infused showers (in case you’re just too busy to take a pill), a circulated aromatherapy air supply, posture-supportive heat reflexology flooring and a dawn simulation to help with your sleep cycle—in case you’ve been jetting around the world so much, you can’t tell night from day anymore.

Not far away at Tribeca’s 111 Murray Street, developers are putting steam ovens into kitchens in addition to regular ovens, so that health-conscious buyers have the option to steam-cook their meals, Lauren Witkoff, executive vice president of the Manhattan-based Witkoff development firm, told Mansion Global. “Things like this make an impression on people and fit into a healthy lifestyle,” she said.

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With all that opulence, it’s no wonder kids wouldn’t want to move out. The buildings have thought of the twins, too. Music rooms/lounges and gaming consoles are common place. Some, like Paramount Miami Worldcenter tower, is like being at Vegas nightclub. The Kent on the Upper East Side boasts a music room known as The Sound Lounge, for which rocker Lenny Kravitz was recruited by developer Extell in his guise as an interior designer to help pick and the rooms materials and equipment. The behemoth condo development, Austin Nichol House in Williamsburg also has a music room for hipster musicians and a screening room for film enthusiasts.

The advent of smart technology—remotely programmable appliances, security systems, etc.—has brought home improvement to Silicon Valley. But the truly high-end amenity is not something that can be coded by a tech-wiz—but catered to you by a real human being. On-site personal trainers, yoga instructors, hairdressers, and concierge services are blurring the line between condo and vacation.

“People want that personal touch,” Daniel Kodsi the developer behind the Paramount Miami Worldcenter tower said. “They want to feel like they’re living in a five-star resort.”

And what they want, they tend to get.


Jeff Vasishta



Jeff is a writer, husband and father but not necessarily in that order. As a music journalist he counts Prince, Beyonce and Quincy Jones amongst those he’s interviewed. He's also owned and flipped homes in Brooklyn, NJ, CT and PA.

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