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Some of the 35 apartments at the 20-story residential condominium building planned for 230 West 78th Street and known as Linden 78 will have fireplaces with bluestone surrounds and hearths.

The building, which is a development of Urban Residential Properties of which Christopher Martorella is the chief executive officer and sole principal, will have 3 full-floor penthouses, ground floor refrigerated storage for groceries, ground floor bicycle storage rooms, a children's playroom, a garden with a water wall feature, and a landscaped roof deck.

Handel & Associates is the architectural firm for the project.

Urban Residential's other New York projects include 255 Hudson Street and 505 Greenwich Street, both designed by Handel & Associates, and NoLiTa Place, and the Sycamore, both designed by H. Thomas O'Hara, SoHo 25 on Houston Street, designed by H. Thomas O'Hara and Beyer Blinder Belle.

Linden 78, which is on the south side of 78th Street between Amsterdam and Broadway, will have setbacks at the 13th, 15th and 18th floors and that a west section of the building will be cantilevered at about the sixth floor. The building's masonry facades gives way partially to glass on the 15th through the 17th floors and fully to glass on the 18th through the 20th floors.

An offering plan was filed with the New York State Attorney General's office April 27, 2006 with a total offering price of $109,525,000.

Apartments will have side-by-side Miele washers and dryers and will be prewired with the option off a Cytexone automation system that offers control of heating/cooling and audio/visual systems, lighting and window shades. Apartments will also have walk-in linen and entry closets, one of which will be large enough for "pram parking."

Kitchens will be crafted by Florense, the green-certified, Brazilian-based cabinetry firm and will have Viking and Miele appliances and many will have windowed breakfast areas.

Master baths will have Luce Di Luna marble countertops with double sinks, Mezzanine Mink glass wall tiles, Lagos Azul limestone floors.

Ceiling heights will range from 9 to 11 feet and the lobby floor will have a Linden leaf mosaic design.
Architecture Critic Carter Horsley Since 1997, Carter B. Horsley has been the editorial director of CityRealty. He began his journalistic career at The New York Times in 1961 where he spent 26 years as a reporter specializing in real estate & architectural news. In 1987, he became the architecture critic and real estate editor of The New York Post.