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Open House Agenda: Three Apartments to See This Weekend

By Donna M. Airoldi | May 16, 2014 7:59am | Updated on May 16, 2014 8:59am
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MANHATTAN — As a counterpoint to the renovated units we featured last week, this round-up focuses on apartments in new developments. Though the buildings won’t be ready for occupancy until later this year, all three projects are nearly sold out.

Check out their remaining spaces this weekend.

456 W. 167th St., Apt. 2E, Washington Heights, Manhattan
2 Bedrooms/2 Baths
933 square feet
Common Charges: $481.23 per month
Real Estate Taxes: $523.45 per month
Open House: Sunday, May 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lowdown: This two-bedroom is one of 11 apartments still available at the Edgecombe Parc Condominiums in Washington Heights. Developers anticipate completion on the 49-unit building this summer, said Lisa Joa of Keller Williams NYC.

Unit 2E has open north and west views with double-glazed windows and a small terrace, Joa noted. The kitchen area is large enough for a full dining table and is separate from the living room.

The building includes a part-time doorman, two bike rooms, gym and garden. It's offering parts of its rooftop terrace for private use, "but if no one purchases them, the entire roof will remain common space,” Joa said, adding that the elevator goes all the way to the roof, which is unusual.

The building includes six commercial units zoned for community use that will likely be medical facilities. Four are in the cellar, with two in the lobby, Joa said.

Location: The building is between Amsterdam Avenue and Jumel Place. Highbridge Park — with the restored bridge connecting Manhattan and The Bronx due to open in December — is steps away. The park also has a newly renovated recreation center near 173rd Street. It’s two blocks to the A, C and 1 trains at 168th Street and Broadway.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “It’s a two-bedroom for less than $600,000, which is unheard of, and you’re less than 20 minutes to the heart of Times Square,” Joa said. “If you’re looking for an investment and always wondered when would be a good time, this is the time and place to do it.”

23 W. 116th St., Apt. 3B, Central Harlem, Manhattan
2 Bedrooms/2 Baths
1,107 square feet
$1.2 million
Common Charges: $650.09 per month
Real Estate Taxes: $90.50 per month (anticipated 421a abatement for 25 years)
Open House: Sunday, May 18, 1 to 4 p.m.

Lowdown: The closings for The Adeline, a new 83-unit, full-service condo in Central Harlem, are anticipated for November 2014, said Julia Boland, of Halstead Property. Because the building is still under construction, the open house will take place at the preview gallery, located at 45 W. 116th St., next to the building.

The Adeline partnered with the “iconic” Gracious Home on the model apartment, marking the local home store's first such collaboration, Boland said. “It’s exciting, and we wanted to do something special. This is a designer unit that looks more like a show-house than an average model unit.”

Luxury finishes in the apartment include herringbone tile in the bathrooms and seven-plank DuChateau oak floors. Unit 3B is the biggest of The Adeline’s two-bedroom units, at 1,107 square feet. It faces north over a “beautiful landscaped courtyard.”

Since the other buildings in the development are 70 feet away, rather than the typical 60 feet, as required by building codes, "you get more light and more space, even on the lower floors,” Boland noted.

Common spaces include a large garden, roof deck, gym and refrigerated package room. There will be retail space on the first floor; Blink Fitness has signed on, but the other spaces are not yet finalized, Boland said.

Location: There are “some terrific restaurants around the corner on Lenox; a favorite is Barawine at 120th Street,” said Boland, who lives in the neighborhood. Seasoned Vegan opened this month at St. Nicholas and 113th Street.

The 116th Street station for the 2 and 3 trains is at the corner at Lenox Avenue. The 6 train is four blocks east.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “It’s a special neighborhood with historic architecture and double-wide boulevards,” Boland said. “And it’s really hard in Manhattan to find that gorgeous an apartment at that price. Comparable units are $2 million.”

111 Kane St., Apt. 1B, Columbia Street Waterfront District, Brooklyn
2 Bedrooms/2.5 Baths
2,000 square feet
$2.2 million
Common Charges: $425 per month
Real Estate Taxes: $85 per month (abated for 15 years)
Open House: Sunday, May 18, 1-3 p.m.

Lowdown: Duplex unit 1B is the last of the six condos available in this newly completed development near the waterfront that is "awaiting some final paperwork and then will be finished," said Andrew Booth, of Corcoran Group.

The 2,000 square feet of space includes two top-floor bedrooms and bathrooms and a “huge finished rec room" and bathroom with a shower on the lower level, which opens out to a private patio and garden up a few stairs.

The lower level has “9-foot-plus ceilings, and the back is all glass, so you don’t feel subterranean,” Booth said, adding that the front faces south. “Even though it’s on the first floor, you get fantastic light and can see blue sky.”

Luxury touches include heated floors in marble bathrooms, “gorgeous Siberian oak” flooring, Viking and Liebherr appliances, and soapstone countertops, “which is probably four times the price of any quartz countertop,” Booth noted.

The unit also has central air and heating, and the building qualifies for a tax abatement, “which is huge, because they no longer exist,” Booth added.

Location: Situated between the BQE and the waterfront, the building is within walking distance of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights and Red Hook. There’s also easy access to the Brooklyn Greenway bike paths and ferry to Governors Island. The popular Thai restaurant Pok Pok NY is a block away on Columbia Street. A new tavern, Hop Shop, serving gourmet hot dogs and craft beers, is set to open around the corner this summer.

It’s just over half a mile to the F and G Bergen Street station.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “It’s really the size of a house, and the taxes and common charges combined are just over $500,” Booth said. “Add that to the level of finishes they put into it, the outdoor space and the location, and it has everything.”