All the scaffolding is down at 123 Third Avenue, and the timing couldn't be better: Last night the, ahem, East Union Square condo sensation's penthouses were fêted by brokers, buyers and bloggers. By bloggers we mean us, and by sensation we mean, well, $$$. The skinny 14th Street tower, which lowered its prices when sales launched during the downturn but then raised them once buyers bum-rushed the place, is now sold out except for the four penthouses. The party was held in the two duplexes on the 15th and 16h floors. They're the little guys in the foursome: Both are 2BR/2.5BA units sized around 2,050 square feet. Penthouse #15B, the model unit, is asking $3.6 million. Its bro, #15A, which has a bigger terrace overlooking frenetic 14th Street, is asking $3.975 million.
What stood out? Definitely the spare yet luxurious look of the penthouses, which are decked out in Poliform, the industrial-leaning Italian design brand (check out this virtual tour of their Midtown showroom for the full flavor.) Oh, and those views. Being this high up on 14th Street, you see bits and pieces of everything: Union Square, the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, five bridges, Frank Gehry's 8 Spruce Street, the Williamsburg waterfront skyline, Stuy Town. Everywhere you turn there are interesting sights to behold, and there are plenty of places to turn. The apartments have big windows all over the place, even in some closets. Take a look inside in the photo gallery above, and enjoy a special bonus cameo from the East Village Mystery Lot!
Here are the floorplans of the penthouses we saw. (The other two penthouses are pricier full-floors on 17 and 18). First up, the $3.6 million #15B:
And here's the $3.975 million #15A: