New York’s Most Exaggerated Luxury Real Estate Trends in 2022
The luxury real estate market in New York continues to soar. So what do you get for all those millions? From converted churches to elaborate curved staircases inside towering skyscrapers, here are some of the chic real estate trends behind today’s tallest homes.
live on a prayer
The persistent work-from-home lifestyle is good news for converted church owners in upstate New York. “Churches make great living and working spaces, which are now in high demand,” James Male of Hudson Valley Realty told Alexa. It lists 73-79 N. Second St. in Hudson, also known as the Hudson Abbey Building – a 1933 church that has been meticulously transformed by a series of ultra-creative owners.
“It belonged to a Chinese artist who shipped some of his art and motorcycles but never did much with the space,” Male said of the $2.87 million property. “After that, it was owned by a couple who set up a chocolate factory in the basement and lived upstairs. The current owner did most of the design work and used it as an event space. »
Currently, the church, which sits on a bluff overlooking the Hudson, has one bedroom and three bathrooms spread over an incredible 8,000 square feet.
The original chapel is now a modern, art-filled living room, with a massive glass barn door and tons of light.
In nearby Rifton, an 1876 church at 1883 Route 213 St. has seen a particularly stunning transformation. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom, 4,356-square-foot structure, which is currently asking for $2.49 million, previously served as a town hall and even building ducks for a local duck farm, according to the agent. Lister Angelica Ferguson of Four Seasons Sotheby’s Real Estate International.
“The owner made it his dream home and did some amazing things, like a full structural restoration that preserved as much of the original detail as possible,” says Ferguson. “All the floors are original, and he repurposed a ton of salvaged wood from different parts of the building and turned it into the stairs and the mantel over the fireplace.”
Those looking to put their own mark on a property should head just down the road to Rosedale, where a Gothic-style church is on the market at 398 Main St. The former three-bedroom, five-bathroom Rosendale and 7,600 square feet The Reformed Church was originally built in 1896 and served as a volunteer firefighters association, glass workshop, event hall, and gathering place for artists. Although it has comfortable living spaces, it could also be turned into a truly bohemian park. He is asking Petra Heist of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nutshell Realty for $1.5 million. Meet at the church.
stairway to Heaven
Stepping up gets easier in Manhattan’s best buildings. “People appreciate architectural landmarks that make an apartment feel unique,” says Deborah Grubman of the Corcoran Group. “A very graceful floating staircase is a perfect example.”
Grubman markets two luxury properties that present very different examples of this feat of engineering: the triplex penthouse atop One Madison at 23 E. 22nd St. and the triplex apartment, No. 10S, at 176 Perry St. “They are both gorgeous. , and perfectly designed so they never feel embarrassed to ride.
One Madison’s curvaceous, wood-clad floating staircases were created by renowned residential architect JL Ramirez in an almost yacht-like vernacular. It’s the centerpiece of the five-bedroom, six-bathroom, 6,850-square-foot set, which is asking for $58 million.
Meanwhile, the tight, all-white, spiraling floating stairs designed by Richard Meier on Perry Street look ripped from a contemporary art museum. This five-bedroom, five-bathroom, 11,000-square-foot mansion is asking for $38.9 million.
But maybe the biggest and baddest steps belong to the biggest and baddest unit in the market. Last month, the penthouse of the huge skyscraper Central Park Tower – which claims to be “the tallest residence in the world” – hit the market for a record $250 million. The sprawling 17,545-square-foot, seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom palace is anchored by a massive floating staircase that undulates over three stories, embracing a landing here and a column there. Created by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the white oak stairs are surrounded by glass sides and glass windows so they “glow pink and purple at sunset and amber yellow in the morning,” notes Loy. Carlos de Serhant, who lists the unit with company founder Ryan Serhant. “You can place a floating staircase in the middle of any room and rather than an obstruction, it becomes a work of art that changes from every angle you look at it.”
Go off the beaten track
If you thought white box luxury was becoming mundane, there’s good news: visionary designers are still creating bold apartments that are truly unique. Guests arriving at the five-bedroom, six-bathroom penthouse at 1 Sutton Place are greeted by a huge orange chest sculpture in the lobby. The all-white, symmetrical living room could almost be a lost set by Stanley Kubrick. Stunning, otherworldly minimalism complements the art, art, and more art in the 2,850 square foot apartment. “The owner is a clothing designer and a true minimalist. She did a lot of the interior decorating herself,” says Tal Alexander, who is listing the apartment for $37.5 million, noting that it also has an outdoor terrace that spans the entire length of the building. Housing agglomeration.
Meanwhile, the owners of the triplex perched atop the Marquand Condominium at 11 E. 68th St. have created an equally distinctive abode using a darker palette of African Saint Laurent marble – black marble with flashes of white and tan – as well as brown and black woods offset by touches of warm white color. There’s even a Fritz Lang “Metropolis” silver robot sculpture in the kitchen. The five-bedroom, four-bathroom, 6,189-square-foot apartment is listed for $33.5 million with Douglas Elliman’s Madeline Hult Elghanayan. “The owners did the interior design work and it’s their personal masterpiece,” Elghanayan told Alexa, noting that a lot of the furniture is custom-made and could also be included in the sale. “They were inspired by Peter Marino’s Dior boutique in Paris. It was a raw space when they bought it and it took years to realize that.
In Chelsea, along the High Line, the owners of Unit #4 at 521 W. 23rd St. tapped award-winning design firm Gabellini Sheppard to transform their pristine pallet loft space into a land of the airy and uncluttered marvels that flirts with division. between art gallery and residence. You won’t find any tchotchkes here, just clean lines, huge walls, lots of light and striking decor. There’s a Blossom chandelier encrusted with Swarovski crystals designed by Tord Boontje, a Bubinga wooden dining table designed by Miya Shoji, a hand-woven wool rug from Nepal designed by George Nakashima and, of course, heaps of contemporary art – all included in the $11.5 million sale.
Corcoran’s Ernie Goldberg and Darren Kearns have the lists.
5 Questions with Broker and Bravo Star Ryan Serhant
You recently put the Central Park Tower penthouse up for sale for $250 million – a New York record. How are you going to sell it? An ad like this is the most personal type of sale. If you have a million dollar list, you can put it on the internet. A $250 million ad requires the precision of a heart surgeon and the creativity of an advertising executive. It involves significant personal outreach, tapping into the widest network and creative exposure to engage the wealthiest buyers around the world. It is not easy. In 2020, you launched your own brokerage, Serhant.
Why? In 2017, I became the #1 real estate team in New York history. I had attained all the achievements I wanted. But I always say, “I didn’t come this far to come this far. Starting my own brokerage was a mix of having new goals for myself, wanting to take on more challenges professionally, and seeing a great opportunity.
Can you explain how Serhant. change things? We are the most followed real estate brand in the world on all social networks. We achieved over $1 billion in total sales volume last year and we’re on track to double this year, and we’ve done that through the influence and power of social media, which which makes the “old guard” uneasy. Serant. Studios was the first ever full-service in-house film studio dedicated to film content for property listings and we have a digital education arm, Sell It Like Serhant, which has 12,000 registrants in 110 countries. Most people outside the industry know you from “Million Dollar Listing New York,” but you actually started your career as a soap opera actor.
Do real estate and comedy have anything in common? They do, and I wrote a book about it: “Sell It Like Serhant”. My take is that the muscles you use to be insightful and strong in selling are the same muscles you use to be empathetic and intuitive as an actor. Selling is being human.
What’s got you so pumped? These days, I have too many people depending on me. I can’t let them down now! We have an amazing team of agents, content producers, engineers, and marketers and they’re all doing amazing things. There’s a higher purpose – we all have a healthy disregard for the status quo, we’re focused on the future, and we’re all in this together. The potential of what we can create and the team motivates me now.