High Living in the Heart of Manhattan

Two new condo towers coming to Midtown are 100 East 53rd St and 53 West 53rd St, epitomizing luxury in design and comfort.

Located in the heart of Manhattan and frequently labelled the quintessential midtown luxury condo towers, the residential skyscrapers, 100 East 53rd St and 53 West 53rd St, are currently under construction, with some of the best names in architecture and design leading the projects.

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100 E 53rd St

100 East 53rd Street reaches 711 feet with a 9-story base of luxury lofts. 94 condos accommodate varying family sizes, with 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units, as well as two 4-bedroom duplexes. With an initial projected sellout of over $750 million, prices range from $3 million to $21 million, which is apparently on the lower end of the luxury tier. Starchitect, Norman Foster of Foster+Partners is leading the project slated for completion and move-ins by 2017.

The modern luxury of the building is accentuated by the concrete theme carried through the condo interiors. Residences feature high-grade concrete flooring and exposed columns, concrete walls and 10-ft ceilings. Glass walls lend dramatic views of midtown and an abundance of natural light into the gracious open floor plans, which also have LED lighting throughout. A generous amount of wall space is allocated for those who want to showcase their collections. The open chef’s kitchen features oak cabinets with stainless steel countertops and integrated stainless steel appliances. The oak theme flows through other rooms, with oak vanities in the bathrooms and powder rooms, as well as wide-paneled white oak flooring running throughout the lofts. The oak is complemented by Aquabrass fixtures throughout. Select bathrooms also feature steam shower systems and radiant floor heating. The interior design is by renowned designer and architect, William T. Georgis, who contributed a selection of furnishings for amenity spaces and the residential lobby.

The first floor of the building will include a 5-star, European-styled food court. Other premium amenities include a 60-ft sunlit swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms, a fitness center, and yoga and pilates studios, a 24-hour doorman, a library, resident lounges, and a world-class culinary market.

53 West 53rd St

Known as the MoMa expansion tower, another luxury tower is currently under construction under Hines Real Estate Company and lead architect, Jean Nouvel. The building has been in development since 2006, Hines purchased the lot from the MoMa in 2007 for $125 million. Construction did not begin until 2015, when they finally raised the funds required to complete the tower. Additionally, Hines purchased air rights from the MoMa, the University Club of NY, and the St. Thomas Church. For what is said to be one of the most exciting additions to the Manhattan skyline in a generation; the building stands at a staggering 1,050 feet and features a faceted exterior that tapers to a set of crystalline peaks at the apex of the tower.

With Goldman Sachs as the development partner for the project, they were able to fundraise $860 million in total. The mixed-use tower will have 82 stories of 140 luxury condo apartments designed by Thierry Despont, with prices beginning at $3 million. The building will also include 1-,2-, and 3-bedroom options, along with hotel rooms and gallery space.

Luxury living near the MoMa has its perks. Amenities include special privileges at the MoMa, including unlimited free admission, exhibition previews, discounts in MoMA stores, and access to film screenings. If this isn’t enough incentive to invest, the building will also include a private formal dining room, an in-building restaurant, a library, a children's playroom, and a wine tasting room. Fitness amenities will include a squash court, a golf simulator, and a gym with a lap pool, sauna, and steam rooms.