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1,000 Prospective Buyers Clamoring for Space in Forest Hills Luxury Condo

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | September 23, 2014 3:38pm | Updated on September 26, 2014 1:24pm

QUEENS — About 1,000 prospective buyers are waiting to check out luxury apartments at a new condominium in Forest Hills that converted a number of units to three-bedroom apartments at the last minute to appeal to families, the building's developer said.

Anthony Colletti, chief operating officer at developer Cord Meyer, said Monday that the prospective buyers are knocking down the door to get an apartment in the The Aston, at 108-20 71st Ave., which features Manhattan-style amenities.

“It’s unbelievable, we get about 30 calls a day,” Jackie Urgo of The Marketing Directors, a company conducting sales for the property, said of the building, which is located steps from the Forest Hills/71st Avenue subway station on Queens Boulevard.

The 17-story building will feature 97 apartments, including several three-bedroom units that start at $1.4 million. It was not clear how many three-bedroom apartments were available.

The developer plans to offer the prospective buyers appointments when its sales office, at 108-18 Queens Blvd. (Suite 901), opens next week.

Initially, the Aston was slated to contain one- and two-bedroom apartments only, but the company received so many phone calls from people seeking three-bedroom apartments in the building that the developer decided to modify the plans.


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The Aston offers a number of "Manhattan-style" amenities, according to Urdo.

“There is an outdoor terrace [for residents], there is a gym, there is an onsite parking garage, there is a concierge, there is a circular driveway,” Urgo said. “It really has all of the elements that make it unbelievable.”

Nearby Rego Park has also seen a spate of new upscale "Manhattan-style" buildings with roof decks and lounges.

Designed by Morali Architects, the building will offer one-bedroom apartments starting at $455,000. Two-bedroom units will start at $790,000 and for a three-bedroom apartment, buyers will have to pay at least $1,390,000, Urgo said, adding that she expects the prices to go up soon.

The building features elements of Art Deco architecture and will also boast “designers kitchens” and “spa-like bathrooms,” according to an advertising brochure published by The Marketing Directors.

The Aston also has a CVS pharmacy on the ground floor.

“I think that this is going to be the height of luxury in Forest Hills,” said Urgo, who grew up in the neighborhood. “I don’t think this area has seen anything like this building in its history."