The abundance of light and air in the newest condos on West 15th Street is directly related to how the 24-story tower came to be. To build 35XV, developer Alchemy Properties bought the air rights from the neighboring Xavier High School on the condition that the developer would build new space for the cramped high school. As such, the base of the condo building is a new six-story school, so the first apartments are 100-feet above the street, which, as Alchemy president Ken Horn pointed out during a tour, is the height of most "penthouses" in the neighborhood. The building currently stands at 22 stories, and Curbed recently took a trip to the 17th and 18th floors to check out the views and see the latest progress.
The condo building starts on the 7th floor of the tower, but this is reserved for amenities (lobby, gym, terrace, lounge, play room, kitchenette, wine vault, and the live-in super's apartment), so the first units start on the 8th floor. To make the condo floor plates larger, the building cantilevers 10-feet over the school to the west, and 30-feet to the north. On the 15th Street facade, Alchemy and architects FXFOWLE opted for a "sky exposure plane" rather than setbacks, to meet height restrictions, so the windows of the upper floors angle toward the top of the building. Since they're at an incline, they will be installing custom shades in the units that are affixed to the walls.
The glass facade is current being installed on the 8th to 11th floors, and during our visit, the concrete arrived for the the current highest floors. Units on the north side of the building have views of the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, while those on the south side see downtown and the new World Trade Center. Even the Hudson River and the harbor start to sneak into views starting on the 17th floor.
Located just a few blocks away on Fifth Avenue, the sales gallery offers a look at some of the condos' features. Floors are 5" stained white oak, and kitchens feature Poggenpohl cabinetry (lacquered white upper cabinets, wooden lower cabinets), Miele appliances, Sub-Zero wine refrigerators, and white Grohe fixtures. Master bathrooms have brown marble floors with radiant heating, and "Calacatta Gold" marble floors and walls. All powder rooms are lined with 4' by 6' slabs of marble quarried in Italy.
The building is currently 50 percent sold with 26 units still available, 15 of which are three-bedrooms. The least expensive is the only remaining one-bedroom, a 951-square-foot 13th floor unit listed for $2.17 million. The most expensive is a half-floor 4BR/3.5BA on the 23rd floor asking $12.65 million. The 24th floor 3BR penthouse, which was listed for $8.95 million, already sold.
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