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Charles Street Condo Tower Sales Top $557M as DNAinfo Gets Sneak Peek

By Andrea Swalec | March 25, 2013 6:57am | Updated on March 25, 2013 7:14am

MANHATTAN — While the development site at 150 Charles St. in the West Village is now little more than a concrete frame, sales of the 91 units in the planned 16-story building have already reached half-a-billion dollars, the developer said.

The Witkoff Group, which gave DNAinfo.com New York a first look at renderings of the high-end building's interior, reported a whopping $557 million in sales in the development's first month on the market.

In condos ranging from $3.95 million for a two-bedroom with a courtyard view, to $35 million for the five-bedroom penthouse with a 180-degree view, every design element has been considered, interior designer Alan Wanzenberg said.

"We thought about every layer of detailing in these residences — stonework, millwork, woodwork, hardware, refinements for furniture placement — so that there's an immediate sense of home," he said in a statement.

The brick-and-glass building near the Hudson River will have 40,000 square feet of landscaped outdoor space, centering on a courtyard garden; a double-height lobby featuring walnut paneling; and fitness facilities that include a 75-foot lap pool lined in mosaic stone, a 3,000-square-foot gym and a juice bar.

Cookfox Architects principal Rick Cook said despite the building's size, it has been designed to fit into the neighborhood.

"We knew that we needed to create a building that met the street wall, that kept the texture and human scale of the neighborhood," he said in a statement. "We knew that we wanted this building to make for the perfect street space on a perfect West Village street."

The units range from one to six bedrooms, and are as small as 1,400 square feet and as large as 5,800 square feet. Thirty-five of the condos have private terraces and gardens.

However, the development has had its share of critics.

A group of West Village residents sued the Witkoff Group in August 2012 to try to stop the project, which they argued had violated zoning rules by presenting the plan as a conversion of the storage space there rather than ground-up construction, The Real Deal reported.

That suit has been dropped, The Villager reported, but the plaintiffs are seeking the help of the city's Board of Standards and Appeals to press forward with the suit.