Taking the plunge in Hudson Yards

A new residential building aims to take luxury to new heights for rentals

Interiors by designer Andre Kikoski

Clearly, all rental buildings, even luxury ones, are not created equal. That appears to be the case with One Hudson Yards, the new 33-story rental building at 530 West 30th Street developed by Related Companies and Abington Properties, which overlooks the High Line and features finishes and amenities that are unusually lavish for a rental.

With move-ins slated for later this month, 20 percent of the 178 one- to three-bedroom apartments (where prices range from $5,095 to $12,000 a month) were snatched up during the first week of leasing.

One Hudson Yards, part of the mixed-use Hudson Yards megaproject, Manhattan’s rising new neighborhood, is adjacent to the 33-story, 312-unit Robert A.M. Stern-designed Abington House, also developed by Related and Abington Properties, which opened in 2014. There are even larger rental properties nearby, like Extell Development’s 53-story 555Ten at 555 10th Avenue, which opened last year, and the Eugene, an 844-unit building at 435 West 31st Street, which opened in April.

“One Hudson Yards is really designed for people who can afford very high-end condos or co-ops but want the flexibility of renting. We think we’ve elevated the rental experience to a whole new level,” said Benjamin Joseph, executive vice president at Related Companies.

“One Hudson Yards is really designed for people
who can afford very high-end condos
or co-ops but want the flexibility of renting.”
—Benjamin Joseph, Related Companies

Chris Schmidt, vice president of luxury leasing at Related, said, “We saw the desire for a more sophisticated palate out there.”

The exterior design was a collaboration between architects David Brody Bond and Ismael Leyva and features red bricks that pay homage to older warehouses nearby. The building, on the site of a former auto body shop, is angled to accommodate a bend in the High Line that almost touches it.

The interiors are by designer Andre Kikoski. The lobby resembles what one would find in a boutique hotel, with a 25-foot wall of cast bronze panels and a chandelier with 400 hand-blown glass pieces. Kikoski also did the apartments, which feature Crema Bianco marble walls, Turkish marble countertops, St. Laurent marble floors and Brazilian quartzite bathroom vanities with five fixtures in select units. The kitchens, some of which include built-in coffeemakers, are outfitted with a Miele appliance package. The homes also boast 10-foot ceilings and washers and dryers as well as wine refrigerators.

What’s more, you can pay the rent on a MasterCard, and with 19,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space, there are plenty of recreational options. These are mainly located in the lower part of the building and include a two-lane bowling alley, half-size basketball court, 82-foot lap pool, plunge and salt pools, foosball, billiards and Ping-Pong tables and retro video games from the ’80s like Pac-Man.

“One of the big lessons we learned is that it’s important to cater to people of all ages, not just parents and their small kids,” Joseph said.

There’s also a tunnel underneath the High Line that connects One Hudson Yards with Abington House, so that residents from both buildings can share amenities like an Equinox gym.

“It was a big construction challenge for us to dig under the High Line, and there were a lot of doubters,” Joseph added. “But we got it done.”