Though the Visionaire is equipped with fitness studios and a rooftop garden, its best amenity may be its location near Battery Park. Credit: City Realty
From the greenest transplants to lifelong New Yorkers, it’s easy to be surprised by life in Downtown Manhattan. Just ask Pete Culliney and Carter Horsley of CityRealty, who make a living out of helping clients start new lives in some of the most exciting neighborhoods in the city. Culliney and Horsley shared a few buzz-worthy buildings that give residents new ways to call NYC home.
The Visionaire, 70 Little West Street, Battery Park City
This sleek, curved-front building features floor-to-ceiling windows with skyline views, as well as fitness studios, rooftop gardens and a communal entertainment area. But its best amenity may be the neighborhood surrounding it: “Battery Park City is about 40 percent park land,” Culliney said. “The folks who live down there love how much of it is parks and ball fields. That’s not a building-level amenity, but it’s so important to the residents.”
"Sensational looking inside and out, this knock-out structure is the best modern building in Greenwich Village," said real estate agent Carter Horsley regarding One Jackson Square. Credit: City Realty
One Jackson Square, 122 Greenwich Ave., West Village
“Sensational looking inside and out, this knock-out structure is the best modern building in Greenwich Village,” Horsley raved in a review. The units include high ceilings and wine coolers, and the building features valet parking and spa treatments.
Leonardo DiCaprio and his neighbors in 66 East 11th St. live in one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the city. Credit: City Realty
66 East 11th St., Greenwich Village
While most people may be priced out of the ultra exclusive building Leonardo DiCaprio just bought into, Horsley pointed out that the building leads the pack in ecologically-minded amenities, which are often overlooked. “Environmental friendliness isn’t often too visible, but people do care about it.” This property includes Vitamin C-infused water and filtered air.
The building at 56 Leonard St. is reminiscent of a Jenga tower, a design enabling residents to have their own outdoor space. Credit: City Realty
56 Leonard St., Tribeca
This building creatively divvies up outdoor space among its residents. “They’ve designed this building so it looks like a Jenga tower,” Culliney said. “The goal is to give each unit individual outdoor space.” It also boasts an event space, a children’s playroom, a pool and a business center.
Cipriani Residences boasts a long list of amenities, including an on-site restaurant, dry cleaning, pet sitting, a salon, a reading room, a tanning booth, and shopping options. Credit: City Realty
Cipriani Residences, 55 Wall Street, Financial District
“These are super deluxe small apartments,” Horsley said. “They’ve got every facility in the world.” The long list of amenities includes an on-site restaurant, dry cleaning, pet sitting, a salon, a reading room, a tanning booth, and shopping options.