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Open House Agenda: 3 Properties With Pools to See This Weekend

By Emily Nonko | June 23, 2016 4:14pm | Updated on June 24, 2016 6:02pm
 Two apartments and one townhouse boast access to pools, and are holding open houses this weekend. 
Open House Agenda: 3 Properties With Pools to See This Weekend
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MANHATTAN — Everybody loves a good pool party in the summertime, but access to private pools is difficult to come by in New York City real estate. These three properties — two apartments and one Brooklyn townhouse — all come with the major bonus of pool access.

111 Fulton St., #620, Financial District
Studio/One bath
Approximately 587 square feet
Common Charges: $683 a month
Taxes: $54 a month (Tax abatement expires in 2021)
Open House: Sunday, June 26, 11:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Lowdown: For single buyers looking for a studio that offers bonus space — and not just a pool — this apartment may fit the bill.

“The closet, kitchen and bathroom are the size you'd find in a three-bedroom apartment, but it's a studio,” said RealDirect broker Aimee Denaro.

A walk-in closet separates the kitchen and bathroom from the living and bedroom area. There's also a building storage unit included in the sale price.

In the bathroom, “they did not mess around,” Denaro joked. A rain shower is coupled with a large vanity holding two sinks. As for the kitchen, “it has a lot of storage space that's unusual for a studio apartment,” she said. There's enough room there for a small table and bar stools.

Although the 163-unit condo, converted in 2007, mostly attracts investors, the current apartment owner lives here full time.

The building amenities that span 18,000 square feet help foster “a community feel,” Denaro said. Residents often gather at the indoor pool, which is accompanied by a hot tub, cold plunge, sauna and exercise room.

One of the most popular amenities, she said, is the 12,000-square-foot roof deck, with cabanas and a reflecting pool. “There's a really social atmosphere up there,” Denaro said. “But it's so big, it never feels crowded.”

Location: The Financial District location ensures “access to almost every subway line in Manhattan,” said Denaro, as well as the ferry stop at Pier 11. The closet subway to the building is the Fulton Street hub, where you can catch the 2/3/4/5/A/C/J/Z.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “It's more of a lifestyle choice than just an apartment,” Denaro said. “With the amenities package... it is its own little community.”

531 Main Street, #1109, Roosevelt Island
Two bedrooms/Two baths
Approximately 1,375 square feet
$1.3 million
Maintenance: $1,857 a month
Open House: Sunday, June 26, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Lowdown: Rivercross, a blocky high-rise co-op, was one of the first buildings on Roosevelt Island where residents could buy, rather then rent, an apartment, according to Corcoran broker Suzanne Wolf.

That means many potential buyers have been “people who already live [in Roosevelt Island] renting now, who want to buy,” she said.

The building's amenity package is especially attractive, with saunas and a 60-by-30-foot indoor swimming pool lit by a large wall of windows. The co-op recently completed a deck on the roof of the pool, a popular place for swimmers to sunbathe.

This particular apartment has been under the same ownership for “40-some-years,” Wolf said. Although the apartment is in “estate sale condition” — meaning a buyer will likely want to renovate — Wolf thinks its spaciousness is the main draw.

“People who visit are blown away by the feeling of open space in all areas of the building,” she said, noting that even the common hallways are especially wide, with high ceilings.

The apartment's private terrace and master bedroom offer impressive views of Manhattan. “It's a fantastic and unobstructed view of the river and skyline,” said Wolf. “And being on the 11th floor, it's like you're floating up there.”

Location: The Roosevelt Island location may seem daunting to some buyers, “but it's just three minutes on the subway” to Midtown Manhattan on the F train, Wolf said. A free shuttle bus offered by the co-op takes residents down Main Street but the island is mostly walkable from the building's central location. While Roosevelt Island is outfitted with everything from grocery stores to laundromats, “There's no high-end fine dining here,” said Wolf.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “It's a very good value for this kind of space in this kind of building,” Wolf noted.

361 Quincy St., Bedford-Stuyvesant
Five bedrooms/Three baths
Approximately 2,400 square feet
Taxes: $123 a month
Open House: Sunday, June 26, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lowdown: A backyard pool and finished basement at this Bed-Stuy brownstone makes this the ideal residence for people who like to throw a good party.

It's an in-ground, heated saltwater pool, so “you can basically use it all year round and have your neighbors very jealous of you,” said Nathan Pinsky of Bedford Brownstone Realty.

From the backyard the owner has access to a fully-furnished basement that's been renovated into a “man cave slash theater room,” said Pinsky. It has surround sound and is fully vented, “So you could throw a poker party down there, smoke cigars and have fresh air circulating through.”

An investor spent about a year gut renovating this property. It's configured as an owners duplex, which has details like beamed ceilings, exposed brick and wide plank floors, over a two-bedroom rental unit.

It was outfitted as a "Smart House," with four cameras and a speaker system that connects to the backyard.

With the outdoor speaker system, “It would be an awesome place to throw a pool party,” Pinsky said.

Location: Bed-Stuy is an area “that's changed tremendously in the past couple of years,” Pinsky said, with the arrival of new bars, cafes and restaurants. This home is off Tompkins Ave., one of the emerging main drags. The G train at Bedford/Nostrand is about a five minute walk while the A/C at Nostrand Ave. is around 15 minutes.

Why put it on your open house calendar? “This home... stands apart from the other developer-renovated homes on the market,” Pinsky said, citing the pool, finished basement and high-end finishes.