Wondering where you should spend your real estate dollar in 2013? We asked our agents to pick out the neighborhoods that they felt were going to be hot in the coming year and got a wide range of answers. While our top picks aren’t necessarily hidden gems or NYC bargain neighborhoods (as if!), they are areas where home buyers are likely to see a strong return on their investment while enjoying a high quality of life. Whether it’s ease of commute, great schools, trendy nightlife, fine dining or open space, there’s something for everyone in our list of top NYC neighborhoods for 2013 real estate investment. (more…)
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One of the most prominent and prestigious condos in Chelsea is the Chelsea Mercantile at 252 7th Ave (between 24th and 25th street). Or as some might call it, “the Whole Foods building”. Personally, I don’t eat healthy enough to get too worked up about Whole Foods. But as it was the chain’s first NYC location, it’s a pretty big deal to most people in the neighborhood. In fact, try and find a Chelsea real estate listing that doesn’t say, “Steps to Whole Foods!”. But organic groceries were the last thing on anyone’s mind when the building was constructed in 1908 as a textile factory called The National Cloak and Suit Company. 90 years later, the building and three surrounding structures were gutted and converted into condos. The Mercantile is 21 floors, 354 units, and is known for its high ceilings and stately limestone facade. The amenities are top shelf: full time doorman and concierge, valet service, gym, playroom, storage, a garden, and a 10,000 SF roofdeck. There’s also a public garage that can be accessed through the lobby. The units all feature stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets, black granite countertops, limestone bathrooms, and to complete the pre-war feeling, many apartments offer fireplaces and exposed brick. The Chelsea Mercantile perfectly represents the appeal of a condo conversion: modern luxury complemented by classic pre-war space and detail. Just something to think about while standing in a long line at you-know-where…
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The Chelsea Stratus (101 West 24th Street) is a high rise condo built in 2007. The scale of the building is impressive. With 200 units soaring 37 stories, the Stratus is the tallest structure in Chelsea. The building contains all the amenities and top line finishes typical of new construction condos built in that time period. The units all feature floor-to-ceiling windows and are assigned a corresponding private storage room. Each apartment also provides outdoor space, but if that’s not enough, there’s a well appointed roof deck (including 2 grills and a dog run) with absolutely spectacular views. Other amenities include a fitness center, a basketball court, a garden (also with a grill), and a large residents’ lounge with dining area and full catering kitchen.
Now, as for location, most New Yorkers probably haven’t given much thought to the corner of 24th and 6th. It doesn’t firmly sit in any one neighborhood. It’s part Chelsea, part Flatiron, maybe even part Flower and Garment Districts. But the beauty of this location is how central it is. The F, 1, and NR lines are all within a block’s radius. And Park Avenue South is an easy walk if you need the 6 train. You’re also in strolling distance of Union Square, the Village, Gramercy, and the Highline.
So, there you have it. If you’re looking for high rise luxury in a super convenient location, you couldn’t do much better than the Chelsea Stratus.
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