One West End Avenue: There’s Something For Everyone
This new luxury building in Manhattan puts de Blasio’s affordable housing plan into action.
Nobody likes to wait for anything in New York City: coffee, lunch, taxis… you get the idea. Much like registering kids for a coveted Manhattan private school before they’re conceived, apartment units at One West End Avenue went on the market well before the building was fully constructed.
Currently, the 42 story, 246 units in this shiny glass building are getting ready for move-in after this coming winter. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, and developed by the Elad Group and Silverstein Properties, One West End Avenue as it is called, will include extravagant penthouses (like “Penthouse A” that measures in at 5,900 square feet) as well as below market affordable housing, named “10 Freedom Place”. It’s a different name to avoid mixing up the fancy people with the not-so-fancy-people. The affordable, low-income housing will take up a total of 116 units.
But back to the fancy, fun stuff: the four bedroom, glass encased modern-as-all-get-out Penthouse A comes with an outdoor kitchen (yes, you read that correctly), a built-in coffee system, two en-suite baths with heated marble floors, and almost 800 square feet of exterior space- not to mention a separate wine fridge- duh.
The luxurious penthouse went on the market in June for $21 million, and is already in contract. See? No one waits for anything. But not to worry- you can still grab ‘Townhome 29B’ which is listed for a mere $19.5 million. It’s a 5,371-square-foot duplex that’s almost as large as the massive Penthouse A.
If you are slow on the up-take, or can only afford a measly $1.52 million, don’t fret- there’s still a 2 bedroom with your name on it. Or, if you need more space for say—your enormous, rare, antique china-doll collection—you can buy a four-bedroom, with four and a half bathrooms for $7.45 million.
If you’re not a multi-millionaire, and most of us aren’t, think about taking advantage of Mayor Bill De Blasio’s personal affordable housing mission. The affordable housing units in 10 Freedom Place will literally not be in the same building as One West End. They’re going to occupy the bottom seven floors of a building below the massive glass mecca, and those occupants will have to utilize the servants entrance. Or uh, the poor door- or, uh- what IS the politically correct term for an entrance that only some people use? Anyway, they go through there. Those units are priced between $833 and $1458 for one to two bedrooms. The lottery on these units start November 1st.
The poor and the rich can meet in a small courtyard as well as a large 12,000 square foot roof deck on the top of 10 Freedom place, that will also have fun BBQ areas. Not so bad, right? The positive side is there’s kids’ play rooms, bike storage, laundry and communal spaces with cozy fire-places for both the One West End and the 10 Freedom Place residents. But if you’re a resident of the 10 Freedom Place, don’t even think of using the pool. That’s for the rich folks. Don’t worry, they’ll just wave and make fun of you from their private cabanas—sipping on champagne while you eat your hotdogs.
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