Luxury Apartments in NYC

It wasn't too long ago that most, if not all, of the most sought-after luxury apartments in New York City were available only on the condo and co-op market. NYC rental apartments were seen almost as either as a "starter home", a stepping stone to buying a place for people who wanted to stay in the city, or as a temporary housing solution to those who moved out, to the suburbs and elsewhere.

Sure, there were some beautiful old rental buildings in certain neighborhoods, and tales of insanely low rents due to rent control laws have always been the stuff of New York City legend. But for the most part, new construction went to the condo market, and any extensive renovations of a NYC rental building were undertaken only to convert the apartment into a co-op. 

In the past couple of decades, however, that's all changed, as developers, recognizing that even some of the city's wealthiest citizens were looking for NYC rentals, constructed gleaming, soaring tower after gleaming, soaring tower filled with luxury apartments. And if the rents in this new breed of New York City luxury apartments seems high, the services and amenities offered therein make the price tag well worth for a certain type of New Yorker.


Luxury Apartments Minus the High-Rise

While it's true that most new york luxury apartments for rent are found in high-rise buildings, that is not always the case. Often smaller buildings (especially in the outerboroughs) have beautifully appointed apartments. Some even exist in walk-ups. However, these smaller buildings often lack the services and amenities available in larger buildings.

For example, these smaller buildings may or may not have a doorman, and most certainly don't have a concierge and valet. You have a good chance of getting a small fitness center, and laundry facilities.  Newer buildings often have a roof deck. But don't expect the full range of amenities and services mentioned below. If you want a beautiful apartment, without lots of neighbors, and you can live without having every amenity in the building, then a smaller luxury building might be just for you.


Services and Amenities in Luxury Buildings

Building amenities can turn an ordinary rental into your dream home, so it's a good idea to think about what you need, what you desire, and what you can live without. For example: laundry facilities. Some luxury NYC apartment rentals come with a washer and dryer in each unit, and others have a small laundry room on each floor. A more common apartment amenity in this category is the communal laundry room, available for all the building's residents, usually located in the basement.

Of course, for people who would prefer to pay someone else to wash their clothes, having a laundromat right nearby that does laundry by the pound—and a full-time doorman and concierge staff to handle pick-up and delivery--is an even better apartment amenity.  

Amenities that have become common in contemporary, luxury residential towers include residents-only gyms, pools and fitness centers; on-site valet and concierge services; 24-hour attended parking garages; access to rental cars, shuttle buses to business districts, street-level bicycle rooms, roof decks, party rooms and lounges, children's playrooms, media/cinema rooms and business centers.

Some buildings sponsor parties for the tenants, often during different holidays in both the summer and winter. We even know of one building with its own rock climbing wall. Certain more exclusive buildings may also include a library, a tenant's wine cellar, on-site yoga and fitness classes and spas, as well as housekeeping, pet sitting and meal service.


Finishing Touches: The Ultimate in Comfort

Finishes in luxury rental apartments include gourmet kitchens fully loaded with all appliances, including dishwasher, microwave, and, sometimes, even high-end espresso makers and wine refrigerators. High-end appliance manufacturers such as Sub-Zero, Miele and others are frequently found.

Bathrooms may feature spa-like features such as high-pressure showers, rain showerheads, jacuzzi bathtubs, towel warmers, fixtures by manufacturers like Grohe and Kohler, and more.

Other luxury finishes may include bamboo flooring, oversized soundproofed windows, individual terraces or balconies, custom window treatments; the list goes on and on.

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