Open House Roundup: Downtown Penthouse Edition

With new penthouses on Manhattan’s Upper East Side missing their Mark and Chelsea finding itself suddenly in demand, one has to wonder how the big houses in the sky south of 34th St. hold up in this still uncertain market. On a soggy Sunday, we traveled to a trio of newish developments in High Line Land to find out just how lonely, eh, lovely it is at the top of the world.

What/Where: 4 Bedroom/3.5 Bathroom Condo at 100 Eleventh Avenue, Apt. PHA

Asking Price: $22 Million

Square Feet: 4,675 sf

Maintenance/CC: $6,808/month (Plus $140 in taxes)

The Skinny: Our first stop, 100 11th Avenue (Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel’s Vision Machine), offered little fanfare and attracted even fewer fans. With only five visitors, too few buyers seemed interested in embracing Nouvel’s vision. The blinding white interiors rendered in sales materials appeared soiled and eerily cavernous in the flesh. Perhaps that’s why on-site photography was such a big no-no.

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What/Where:  3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom condo at 519 West 23rd, Apt. PH

Asking Price: $4.65 Million

Square Feet: 2,665 sf

Maintenance/CC: $2,362/month (Plus $289)

The Skinny: This perky duplex penthouse at High Line 519 cuddles up to big brother HL23 to take in a panoramic view of the second phase of the High Line. The dueling buildings’ public rivalry, among other things, obviously put a damper on pricing. And open house attendance. During my visit, the unit hosted a temporary population of 1. The glossy finishes – Miele,  Bosch, Sub-Zero, etc. – were very 2007. Like its brethren, High Line 519’s Lindy Roy goodness was topped off with “outdoor rooms” complete with requisite Viking barbecue. Despite a messy meeting with the PriceChopper, he’s still on the market. Beware the scaffolding.

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What/Where: 4 Bedroom/5.5 Bathroom condo at  One Jackson Square, Apt 10/11 PH

Asking Price: $21.75 Million

Square Feet: 5,965 sf

Maintenance/CC: $7,495/month (Plus $410 in taxes)

The Skinny: Undulating facade aside, One Jackson Square seemed the picture of market stability on soggy Sunday playing happy host to a relatively steady stream of dozens of would-be residents. The staging, the egg-shaped soaking tubs, the marble surfaces incited mass condo lust. Pent-up penthouse demand released itself all over the main floor of the One Jax’s prized unit. Many visitors marveled at the views, hardly flinched at the price ($3819 per undulating square foot), and engaged the sales staff in hot and heavy brokermantic conversation. One Jax, we hardly knew ya.


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