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Rendering credit: Binyan Studios Rendering credit: Binyan Studios
Sales have officially launched at 685 First Avenue, a 43-story condo and rental tower under construction just southwest of the United Nations. Earlier this year we reported the Sheldon Solow-conceived venture is projecting a $551 million sellout. Newly-listed homes on the market have one-bedrooms starting at $1.495M, two-bedrooms from $2.875M, and three-bedrooms from $4.86M. There is also a four-bedroom unit asking a cool $8.1 million.
685-First-Avenue-034 #28D is 4-bedroom listed for $8,100,000
685-First-Avenue-floor-plan-1 #28L is one-bedroom priced at $1,495,000 (Citi Habitats)
685-First-Avenue-floor-plan-2 #28F is a two-bedroom priced at $2,875,000
685-First-Avenue-floor-plan-3 #29H is a three-bedroom priced at $4,860,000
Upon arrival at 685 First Avenue, a double-height lobby, port-cochere, and underground motor court provide a warm welcome and set the tone for the luxury of the building. Additional amenities include a fitness center, pool, private dining rooms, Club Lounge with private entertaining space, and 12-seat screening room.
685-First-Avenue-05 The modern and minimal lobby (Richard Meier & Partners)
Lounge via Citi Habitats
Pool via Citi Habitats
685 First Avenue will comprise 408 rental units on the third through 26th floors, and 148 condos on the 27th through 42nd floors. The black glass façade allows all residences the best of both worlds by simultaneously obscuring visibility from the outside and filling the homes with natural light. A light color palette and open layout will also help with the latter.
Condo living and bedrooms are configured to make the most of outstanding East River and skyline views. A built-in Creston system allows for smart home capabilities by letting residents control lighting, motorized window shades, and climate from a touch screen, not to mention any Android or ioS device. White marble and natural stone kitchens have fully integrated Gaggenau appliance suite. Duplex condos feature ceilings up to 20 feet high, custom staircase, and freestanding soaking tub.
685-First-Avenue-1 685 First Avenue rendering via Citi Habitats
Despite being designed by light-tone-loving Richard Meier & Partners, the building is enveloped in a black glass facade that is in keeping with Solow Building Company’s signature style. In fact, the monolith is the first all-black building and tallest tower designed by Pritzker Prize-winner (and recently accused) Richard Meier. The firm's website says, A “façade as skin” design features a taut glass wall; a cutout on the 27th and 28th floors keeps it from being totally monolithic.
685-FIrst-Avenue-04 685 First Avenue and the Midtown East skyline (Solow Building Company)
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