New York City is known for having some of the very best urban opportunities in the world—among the best colleges and schools, museums and libraries, as well as some of the finest parks, the most interesting architecture, the most intriguing mix of diverse people, and among the very best collection of historic sites in the nation.
For residents, access to all that on a daily basis does not come cheap. Residential space in the Big Apple is costly no matter where you live and these days space, more than luxuries, has been the most sought after item in an apartment. Still, location is king, and New Yorkers have gotten used to living in what others would think of as cramped quarters, while generally not enjoying some of the extras of community living that their apartment-dwelling suburban friends take for granted.
However, it would seem those days are gone. While location and square footage are still essential aspects of a property’s attractiveness to a potential buyer, they are no longer the only major considerations. For several newer and established properties around town, a building’s amenities are becoming a drawing point in and of themselves.
Among the most luxurious co-op/condo amenities now provided to residents include wine cellars, grocery delivery coolers, in-house dog grooming services, yoga studios, media/screening rooms, video arcades for kids, craft rooms and bowling alleys. Some of these items are becoming passé, while others now are unwritten requirements of a building’s amenities package. But more often these days, that amenities package amounts mostly to the facilities provided in a building, such as a gym, sauna, swimming pool, and a massage room. In those areas, it seems that buyers believe bigger may well be better.
Some of the most luxurious special amenities that New York City condo properties are offering today include thousands of square feet of space dedicated to resort-style recreational offerings. In The Aldyn, condominium residences at 60 Riverside Boulevard, the space dedicated to amenities—at 40,000 square feet—and the style of those amenities set a new standard for residential living in the city, market insiders say. With a children’s playroom, swimming pool, squash court, basketball court, billiard room, a full gym, sauna and steam room and more, The Aldyn defines what state-of-the-art amenities are all about.