Love it or hate it, 100 Eleventh Avenue is the biggest thing to hit West Chelsea since Bungalow 8. French starchitect Jean Nouvel's mountain of magic mirrors has quietly been closing units for a few weeks now. We say quietly because we're still having trouble digging up any sort of official paperwork on the sales, though we invite the ACRIS junkies out there to set us straight. Now the first rental offering of a sold unit has hit the market. Expensive? Oui.
The apartment is #10A, a 1,950-square-foot convertible 3BR with 3.5 bathrooms and views both west (Hudson River!) and east (er, Empire State Building!). The lot line windows facing north would be just over the prison, no? Adds a bit of excitement to that bedroom. The asking rent is $20,000 per month. The unit went into contract asking $4.19 million, but again, we're not clear on the final sale price. The Brown Harris Stevens listing provides us with our first real glimpse inside the glass, though we're limited to a few tiny glimpses of the kitchen/living room area. Did that stop us from taking the best shot and blowing it up to column size? Hell no! Here are the others:
New Yorker archicritic Paul Goldberger loved the Nouvel-designed kitchens, which is maybe why they're the star of this show. Will the apartment fetch $20,000/month in rent? It will if it finds the right renter in search of "minimalist bathrooms with computerized sleek touch sensitive fixtures for temperature and water flow." Futuristic! Maybe it would make a perfect NYC pied-a-terre for fellow Frenchmen Daft Punk. Le floorplan: