At 157 West 57th Street, towering high above Midtown, is the Christian de Portzamparc-designed, glistening patchwork-glass tower, One57.
At street level, grand wrought metal doors swing open to reveal a hotel-esque lobby, understandable considering the Park Hyatt operates 118 rooms and 92 suites at the base of the primarily residential building.
A trip skyward in one of the manned elevators leads to apartment 83, and while it’s by no means the jewel of One57’s crown – that accolade surely goes to the record breaking $100.5 million penthouse which sold in January last year – it is a $58.5 million, 6,240-square-foot, full-floor-consuming, behemoth.
To buy the apartment is to buy the complete 83rd floor, including the reception gallery and two entrances. To choose the right-hand entrance leads you into the south facing side of the property, and puts you right outside the master suite. The left hand door though, places you in the foyer where you’re immediately greeted with the sight of all 842 acres of Central Park and far beyond.
I could wax poetic on the views for days but to save all of our time, enjoy this list on things you can see from various spots in the apartment: the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Hudson River, the East River, Central Park and everything in it and surrounding it, the George Washington Bridge and apparently, on a clear day the Atlantic Ocean.
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The apartment is currently a shell – all bare white walls and plain floors. It was originally almost bought when One57’s units started hitting the market around four years ago, but according to the listing agent Janice Chang, the owner couldn’t close and so 83 hit the market once more.
The kitchen has granite countertops, and top-notch English cabinetry from Smallbone of Devizes. The master suite has a dressing room bigger than most apartments, and the master bathroom is divided into ‘his and hers’ sides – joined in the centre by a shared bathtub sculpted out of a single piece of marble. That grandeur though, doesn’t extend to the sitting room, or to the other three bedrooms which while enjoying sweeping views far into New Jersey – feel compact.
The building itself offers a great deal to its residents, it is after all the home of the aforementioned Park Hyatt which means hotel amenities abound, including room service, a restaurant and bar, gym, spa facilities and a movie screening room.
And also, what may be the new mark of a building’s true luxury – a pet washroom.