In a neighborhood full of old co-op buildings you would expect the brand-spanking-new condo tower at 1110 Park Avenue to stand out. Instead it’s downright inconspicuous. A little give-away in hindsight would have been the swanky new awning or the pretty golden door.
With its bright white exterior you’d be forgiven for thinking Robert A. M. Stern was the architect behind this project, what with all that Indiana limestone. In fact it’s Barry Rice — who, lo-and-behold spent 13 years working at Robert A.M. Stern Architects – and the Chicago-based architectural firm VOA, who collaborated with Rice on the design of the facade. Toll Brothers are the developers behind the project.
The manned-lobby is pleasantly modest – after all it only needs to serve the buildings’ nine units, five of which have sold or are in contract. On the right side of the entrance, a huge floral arrangement floods the space with the smell of lilies.
The 7,000-square-foot, $29.5 million penthouse is the crown jewel of the building, spread across the 14th, 15th and 16th floors — along with the roof top.
For the tour, LLNYC teamed up once more with broker Adam Modlin of the Modlin Group, who very recently added the penthouse to his roster and chopped the price down from its original $35 million asking price.
The main entrance to the residence is on the 16th floor. The elevator — although not private — serves all floors of the unit, and, of course, each level has a private entrance hall.
The 16th floor holds a large and well-lit living room, flanked on the north and south sides by glass doors offering impressive views. Head further in — past the lounge — and you’ll find a stately dining room with a long, wooden dining table and twin decorative candelabras. Under your feet in both rooms are decadent five-inch oak planks in a herringbone pattern.
The last room on this floor is the kitchen, with its indented ceiling and marble countertops and backsplash.
A curved staircase spirals throughout the entire home, and although it’s narrow, it’s brightly lit by charming porthole windows. The wooden and metal bannister is subtle and luxurious.
Head down one story and you’re on the 15th floor, which is almost entirely occupied by the gargantuan master suite, including the master bedroom, bathroom and his and hers walk-in closets.
Also on this floor is the elegant and brooding library, which is lined with light stained mahogany paneling.
Take those stairs down again to the 14th floor and you’ll find the rest of the penthouse’s bedrooms (there are five in total), each has its own bathroom and those pretty oak planks feature here too – although no herringbone this time.
The penthouse has an awful lot of very nice furniture for an unowned unit and that’s thanks to Cheryl Eisen, of IMG who was bought in by Modlin to stage the pad. It makes a lot of difference to the space, which feels more like a home than an empty shell.
The most impressive part of the apartment isn’t even in the apartment itself — it’s the roof. The private and ginormous full-floor terrace has 360-degree views, a fireplace and, unexpectedly, an eight-by-15-foot pool that’s almost four-feet deep
If all of that tickles your fancy as much is it does mine, then you’re in luck — the penthouse is available for immediate occupancy, but you’d better have been saving.