Autumn 2015

Real Estate & Property
Go with the floor!

New York City’s luxury property market continues to boom with new projects, some of which are fast selling out.

One of these developments is The Charles, a 31-storey luxury condominium developed by Bluerock Real Estate in partnership with Victor Homes and featuring 27 residences designed by Ismael Leyva Architects and interiors by Dave Collins Studio of London. 

The Charles is located at 1355 First Avenue between 72nd and 73rd Streets in Manhattan’s Upper East Side neighbourhood.

It features expansive, four-bedroom, four-bathroom, full-floor residences, each with a private elevator landing, 3,000-plus sq ft of space, and light-filled, open city views.

Airy and exceptionally crafted, every home includes white oak flooring, luxurious Bianco Dolomiti marble spa baths, as well as extra-high ceilings, oversized eat-in kitchens, and floor-to-ceiling windows in every direction. 

For added serenity, residences are equipped with an ultra-quiet, four-pipe multi-zone HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) system and extensive soundproofing. 

Interior finishes by David Collins Studio highlight The Charles’ uncompromising attention to detail and fine construction.

Amenities at The Charles include a 24-hour attended lobby with package room and refrigerated storage, Residences pre-wired for media and automation, 1,000-sq-ft fitness centre, a games room, separate private elevator and private service entry for each floor, and a private storage for each residence

The Charles enjoys a prime position: with the natural beauty of the East River to the east and the culture of Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile to the west, the Upper East Side is one of the most coveted, yet convenient neighbourhoods in all of Manhattan. Tree-lined streets are home to exclusive shops, delicious eateries and abundant services, all close at hand.

Just five residences are available at this property, at prices ranging from $6.58 million to $9.88 million, according to Town New Development, the project’s exclusive sales and marketing agent. 

Bluerock is a leading real estate investment firm headquartered in Manhattan with over $1.5 billion of assets under management. The company’s principals have over 100 years of aggregate experience with more than $10 billion in real estate investments. Its current portfolio consists of approximately 12 million sq ft of apartment, retail, and office properties across the US.

Victor Homes is one of the industry’s most dynamic development and construction companies. Founded in 1994, it has a wide range of projects, from residential to commercial. With an unwavering focus on superb design, quality workmanship, and unquestionable value, the Victor Homes management team combines more than four decades of international construction experience. Every facet of the development process is carefully monitored, from land acquisition to design and marketing. 

Founded in 1996, New York City-based Ismael Leyva Architects is an internationally recognised architecture, interior design, and urban planning firm with offices in New York City and Central America. 

The firm is recognised by the development and construction industry for its uniquely creative, iconic, and practical design. Since its establishment, Ismael Leyva Architects has built a portfolio of diverse, award-winning projects featuring responsive designs that address technical, social, and aesthetic requirements. Current projects include the Battery Maritime Building, 66 Rockwell, and the Hilton Garden Inn.

David Collins Studio is an architectural-based consultancy that over the past 30 years has redefined luxury interior design on a global scale. The studio is proud to have been involved in designing unique projects for a wide range of clients, both in the commercial worlds of high fashion as well as the design of some of London’s most loved and revered restaurants, hotels, and bars. 

Its work for private clients is no less impressive, although it has developed a reputation for discretion as well as creativity its work designing homes for those who appreciate beauty, comfort, and attention to detail.

The reputation that David Collins Studio has built reflects a passion for design, hard work, and the interesting challenges that allows the studio to express its creativity.

“We are in a period of incredible expansion in the new development/luxury sector,” comments Ginger Brokaw of Town New Development. “In the case of The Charles, buyers are drawn to the unique, full private floor plan, the high-calibre construction, the white-glove service and the low staff-to-resident ratio. The neighbourhood is famous for some of New York City’s finest shopping, restaurants, museums, schools and culture.”

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