Location: 800 Tenth Avenue, btwn 53rd/54th Streets
Size: Two eight-story buildings with 95 studio- to three-bedroom condos
Prices: $735,000 to $3.86 million
Developer: Alchemy Properties
Sales & Marketing: Alchemy Properties
Lowdown: Would you believe that our last seven Development Du Jours have all been in Harlem or Williamsburg/Greenpoint? Well, in what could be an early sign of confidence returning to the market (or maybe just a rolling of the dice), a developer is launching a new project in a non-"fringe" neighborhood?and they're coming prepared! Griffin Court launches sales on March 9, but a soft-opening for brokers and buyers is happening right now. Buyers and their brokers who sign contracts by the end of March will each get a choice of a free iPad or a 42" flat-screen TV. Oh, and Alchemy is covering city and state transfer taxes as well as the dreaded Mansion Tax for the first 15 buyers. So those are the door prizes, but what about the actual building?
Griffin Court is actually two buildings, creating lots of wall space along Tenth Avenue that will be filled by a work of art yet to be determined (we hear an announcement is coming in the next month or two). The development's flashy centerpiece is its residents-only, two-story, 8,700-square-foot courtyard, which looks like some sort of extreme adventure course in renderings but will no doubt be perfect for chillaxing once finished.
As for the 95 units, they range in size from 636 square feet to 1,829 square feet. The innards veer towards the high end, including mahogany-stained oak floors, limestone and marble bathrooms (with radiant-heated flooring), Poggenpohl cabinetry and appliances from Bosch and Viking. Building amenities include 24-hour concierge, gym, a storage space for each unit and a "sophisticated video-intercom system." Some residences include balconies or big terraces, and there are private rooftop cabanas available for purchase. We can't help but imagine that if the residents of Hell's Kitchen could have always retired to private cabanas after a long day, then West Side Story would have a much happier ending.
· Griffin Court [griffincourtcondo.com]
· Mural Contest Offers Ray of Hope, Kitsch to Hell's Kitchen [Curbed]