Amazing new buildings are cropping up all over New York City, and from a Brooklyn condominium with private individual outdoor spaces to an Upper West Side building with a communal room just for tweens, many of these new developments also include impressive arrays of family-friendly amenities, adding to the ever-growing list of typical building features. “Children’s playrooms, lounges, media rooms, game rooms, storage rooms, bike rooms, state-of-the-art gyms, conference rooms, and concierge services are all standard features in new, high-rise condo buildings,” says Valerie A. Lettan, a licensed associate real estate broker with Douglas Elliman. And, if you’re hunting for that elusive Manhattan three-bedroom, don’t give up hope. “I see a trend in more three-bedroom units since there is a demand for them,” Lettan says. Wondering whether to buy or rent? If you’re positioned to buy, now’s the time. “If you have savings for the down payment and are pre-qualified for a mortgage, definitely buy,” advises Klara Madlin, licensed associate real estate broker and founder of Klara Madlin Real Estate. “The market is very competitive, so you need to bid aggressively on any apartment you want to purchase.” For those building up their savings, Madlin says there are rental deals available in uptown areas like the Upper East Side. We’ve rounded up a selection of some of the hottest new buildings, alongside some classic family properties, to help apartment-hunting families find their next home. This is only Part I, so be sure to check out our December 2015 issue for the next round of properties in print!
70 Charlton Street
Developed by Extell Development Company, 70 Charlton is a 22-story development with two wings connected by an enclosed breezeway overlooking a lushly landscaped courtyard. There are 92 well-appointed residences, ranging in size from one- to four-bedrooms and featuring grey-stained and cerused oak wood flooring, custom hardwood baseboards, doors, and trim, Miele appliances, and washers and vented dryers. Residents will have access to an array of lifestyle amenities, including a landscaped courtyard (with a green wall, birch tree arbor, staggered boxwood garden, water feature, and integrated seating), outdoor sports court and fully-equipped private fitness center, 60-ft indoor salt-water swimming pool, steam room, men’s and women’s locker rooms, 24-hour doorman/concierge, residents’ lounge with catering kitchen, package room with walk-in refrigerator for fresh food and flower deliveries, and a children’s playroom. Two-bedrooms start at $2.04 million, three-bedrooms from $3.205 million, and four-bedrooms from $6.025 million. 70charlton.com