A Trifecta On Fifth – 212 Fifth Avenue, 16-B

Stunning apartment. Iconic building.  Burgeoning neighborhood. Some New Yorkers call that a trifecta. But we call it apartment 16-B, at 212 Fifth Avenue and it’s the latest pick for our “Apartments We Love” series.

Located across from Madison Square Park, 212 Fifth has become a residential destination of the fabulously wealthy in a few short years.  Some have even called this Nomad condo “the city’s most powerful address.”  One certainly feels emboldened when the wealthiest man in the world could be riding the same elevator.

Built in 1912, this former commercial building was reimagined in 2016 and converted to residential usage.  But this wasn’t just any conversion, this was the finest of uptown pre-war style and design being delivered to a neighborhood that has been in the throes of a residential metamorphosis.  With a revitalized Madison Square Park as the centerpiece, the blocks around the park have been transformed from commercial usage to high-end residential addresses.  Nomad, which is the acronym for North of Madison Square Park, had grown into its cool new moniker.  Development, as always, followed.

Apartment 16-B is a loft-style three-bedroom residence that offers understated elegance across the entire home.   The home, one of only two units on the floor, spans some 3078 square feet.   A succession of oversized windows line the perimeter of the apartment, providing abundant light and classic New York City views. If architecture is your thing, the Neo-Gothic detailing of the neighboring properties is a bit serendipitous. 

The great room (29×21) is named appropriately.  And to get to the great room, one arrives through a stately foyer (15×7) with its coffered ceilings and book-matched slabs of marble.  The trapezoidal shaped room encompasses the living area, dining area and the open kitchen,  As with the rest of the residence, there is a symphony of elements and bespoke details that work in concert to deliver a worldy residence.  Eleven-foot tall ceilings and beautifully styled chevron floors set the canvas while contemporary delights such as designer lighting, multi-zone HVAC and a Savant home automation system add convenience and comfort.  And of course the windows that add depth to everything around you.

The kitchen is a piece of art unto itself.  Given its subtle lines, it feels as though the kitchen has actually melted into the walls.  Integrated appliances further enhance the splendor of the space. And then there’s the kitchen island, a massive piece of marble some four inches thick, that stands out like a glacier in the middle of a calming body of water.  It is as massive as the view is spectacular; the kitchen window gently frames the Flatiron building giving you an iconic view that will forever hold your attention.

Behold the primary bedroom suite.   Positioned in the northwest wing of the home, the corner bedroom feels like an observation deck towering over NoMad.  The room, with its five oversized windows, is not only awash with light but harmonizes the interior of the room with the sights outside.  The primary bath is more like a day spa.  Indulge as you wish.  The five-fixture bath is encased in marble, from the radiant heated floors to the window sills.  There are two identical vanities on either side of the bath providing for a perfect his/her arrangement.  A Lacava soaking tub sits in the middle of the room like a sculpture.  You decide if you want to close the blinds; the bath, no different than the rest of the home, is bathed in light.

The second and third bedrooms both face north and enjoy full en suite baths.  A full laundry room is also located in the bedroom wing.

Notable neighbors at 212 Fifth include Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and space traveler. To date Bezos has plucked down close to $100 million to purchase the building’s penthouse unit and three adjoining apartments.  The who’s who of the building’s uber wealthy residents just begins with Bezos.  

212 Fifth Avenue is a full service building that rises 24 floors and contains just 47 apartments.  Privacy is a key attraction as most floors have either two or three units.  Once you decide to leave your home, the building offers a nice selection of amenities.   There is a fitness center with yoga studio and private treatment room, golf simulator, screening room, boardroom, game room, residents lounge and a children’s playroom.  

This magnificent home has a listed price of $10.6 million, about $3,444 per square foot.  It is the only apartment currently for sale at 212 Fifth.  It is also for rent at $27,000 per month.   The property is being represented by Nick Montalbano Ashley Reidy and Jason Thomas of Elegran Real Estate and Development. To learn more about this special residence please visit Linecity.com

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