And for me, that’s exactly the appeal of The 505. Located in Hell’s Kitchen, the two-building complex looks like off-campus housing at a state university — but it has balconies. Additionally, the ground floor apartments face a lush garden (perfect for hammocking and private parties). The gym, located in a greenhouse-like structure, also faces the garden and makes for a more Zen-like workout. If that isn’t grand enough, The 505’s 12 penthouse apartments all feature private hot tubs.

The best unit in the building is the one remaining penthouse (the other 11 are off the market). It’s the priciest and largest at $2.695 million with 1,490 square-feet of interior living space and 1,410 square-feet of outdoor space. The unit scores garden views from the bedrooms. And the unobstructed, sweeping views from the duplex terrace (the only one in the building) may make living in Midtown seem like less of a congested nightmare. Even more awesome is the top-level of the terrace where a 12-person hot tub stands. That’s equivalent to an infinity pool in Kansas.


– Shira Levine is a freelance writer living in New York City.

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