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Sounds good to us: Music rooms are becoming an increasingly popular amenity in New York City buildings Sounds good to us: Music rooms are becoming an increasingly popular amenity in New York City buildings
If "learn a musical instrument" was not initially among your New Year's resolutions/intentions, perhaps it ought to be. According to a newly released study, musical training can increase blood flow to the brain, improve long-term memory, integrate information from all senses, and reduce stress and anxiety. The benefits are most pronounced for those who got into music at a young age, but it's never too late to start.

However, music is not the easiest hobby or profession to pursue in New York. The close quarters and thin walls of many apartments mean the neighbors aren't likely to appreciate the sound of an instrument early in the morning or late at night - as a matter of fact, some co-ops have rules prohibiting musical instruments at certain hours - and it's not easy to find a reasonably priced practice room with all the equipment one needs. So what is the aspiring musician to do?

One answer is to look for an apartment in a building with a practice room among the amenities. Coincidentally or not, an extraordinary number can be found near Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side. However, developers throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn are coming to recognize how coveted this amenity is for children and adults, professionals and amateurs alike.

2150 Broadway
Design by SLCE Architects | Interiors by Deborah Berke Partners
1 available listing for $19.95M

2150-Broadway-1 All images of The Laureate via dbox
In the heart of the Upper West Side, the Laureate masterfully combines classic architecture with contemporary finishes. Its granite and limestone base, warm palette, and inset Juliet balconies make this relatively new addition appear that it has been there for several decades. Oversized windows fill each apartment with light, and interior features include sprawling dining and living areas, custom eat-in kitchens, and spa-like baths.

This doorman building may have been designed in tribute to prewar living, but it houses all the amenities the modern buyer has come to expect and enjoy. These include 24-hour concierge service, a fitness center, a music room, a children's playroom, a lounge, and landscaped private terraces.
2150-Broadway-2 Music room

50 Bridge Park Drive
Design by ODA New York | Interiors by Marmol Radziner
14 available listings from $1.7M - $9M

50-Bridge-Park-Drive-1 All images of Quay Tower via Douglas Elliman
Every residence at Quay Tower boasts warm natural materials, soaring ceilings, custom chef's kitchens, in-unit washer/dryers, and marble master baths with radiant heated floors. But the best feature in every home is undoubtedly the floor-to-ceiling windows, or rather the sweeping views of Downtown Brooklyn, the Manhattan skyline, and the East River seen through them.

Residential amenities were also designed to make the most of the building's prime Brooklyn location and gorgeous views while providing everything the buyer could need or want. A 1,500-square-foot playroom is thoughtfully designed to inspire children's imaginations, and the music room next door offers concerts and lessons in partnership with the Brooklyn Music School. Additional offerings include indoor/outdoor roof decks, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a pet wash station, and a double-height attended lobby with walnut paneling and a marble-clad fireplace.
50-Bridge-Park-Drive-2 Living/dining area
50-Bridge-Park-Drive-3 Master bedroom

212-West-95th-Street-1 All images of Dahlia via Reuveni Real Estate
The Upper West Side has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years, and Dahlia would seem to encapsulate that in one building: The site was once home to a troubled SRO, but that is an especially distant memory in light of the sophisticated new condominium that rose in its place. It is well located between Central Park and Riverside Park, but a 5,100-square-foot private landscaped terrace offers an outdoor oasis all its own with lounge areas and a children's play area.

Dahlia's generously proportioned units boast incredible natural light, soaring ceilings, smart home technology, sleek chef's kitchens, and luxe master suites with walk-in closets and baths with high-end fixtures. Select units have private terraces, and all residents have access to a music room, a fitness center and yoga studio, a lounge, a game room, a pet spa, and a children's playroom.
212-West-95th-Street-2 Living/dining area
212-West-95th-Street-3 Kitchen

Design by Rafael Vinoly | Interiors by Jeffrey Beers International
12 available listings from $1.9M - $24M

277-Fifth-Avenue-1 All images of 277 Fifth Avenue via Evan Joseph Photography
If NoMad has blossomed into one of New York's most in-demand neighborhoods, 277 Fifth Avenue has risen to become one of its most highly coveted residences. The tallest residential tower on Fifth Avenue, the building's thoughtful design allowed the interiors to be column-free so as to make the most of views of the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Madison Square Park, the Hudson River, and the Lower Manhattan skyline. Interiors feature soaring ceilings, magnificent proportions, high-end custom kitchens, generous closet space, and luxe marble baths.

Residential amenities include a fitness center with separate yoga studio, an entertaining suite with games lounge and pantry, an outdoor terrace, and a partnership with experiential concierge company LIVunLtd. And between the brightly colored playroom, PreSchool of Rock experience, and Songs for Seeds music class, the youngest residents are not forgotten.
277-Fifth-Avenue-2 Playroom

250-West-81st-Street-1 All images of Two Fifty West 81st via Alchemy Properties
From the classic limestone facade to the luxurious fixtures in the baths, no detail was overlooked at the Robert A.M. Stern-designed Two Fifty West 81st. The decorative window openings fill each home with abundant natural light, and interiors feature gracious foyers, elevated ceilings, custom Smallbone of Devizes kitchens, and lovely hardwood floors. Some lucky residents have private terraces with open city views.

The spirit of no detail being overlooked applies to the residential amenities as well. The music room and recording studio is outfitted with a mixing board, sound booth, and a selection of top-of-the-line instruments. The "imagination forest" in the playroom can't help but inspire a child. Fitness offerings include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a multi-purpose sports court, and a golf simulator room.
250-West-81st-Street-2 Music practice room and studio

200 East 95th Street
Design by Beyer Blinder Belle | Interiors by Alexandra Champalimaud
6 available listings from $4.3M - $19.5M

200-East-95th-Street-1 All images of The Kent via Extell
Several buildings in New York can count rock stars among their residents, but so far only The Kent has had one on its design team. Grammy winner Lenny Kravitz's Kravitz Design created a sound lounge inspired by his own recording studios and outfitted with a performance space and stage, a dance floor, a state-of-the-art audiovisual system, a piano, a drum set, and an amplifier. Linear wood paneling on the ceiling and stage make for an aesthetically pleasing design choice that has soundproofing benefits.

The gracious two- through five-bedroom apartments boast grand entrance galleries, expansive floor plates, and state-of-the-art eat-in kitchens. Additional amenities include a fitness center with locker rooms and saunas, a 55' heated indoor pool, indoor and outdoor children's play areas, a landscaped courtyard, and a lounge with a fireplace, billiards table, and catering kitchen.
200-East-95th-Street-2 Sound lounge

Design by Elkus Manfredi | Interiors by CetraRuddy
13 available listings from $3.1M - $21M

200-Amsterdam-Avenue-1 All images of 200 Amsterdam Avenue via Binyan Studios
New Yorkers are known for their perseverance, and 200 Amsterdam Avenue would seem to embody that spirit. The towering new building was met with seemingly endless opposition from local activists and preservationists, but courts kept ruling it in its favor and allowed it to reach its full height and launch sales. The glittering glass facade fills every home with natural light and far-reaching views, and additional features include spacious open-plan layouts, contemporary kitchens, and luxe marble baths.

200 Amsterdam Avenue's close proximity to Lincoln Center inspired many of its amenities. Residents of all ages have access to a professional-grade, soundproof rehearsal room. The children's playroom is decorated in a musical motif and known as the Little Composers room. Adult buyers also receive a complimentary one-year membership to Lincoln Center that includes presale access, free festival tickets, and the chance to arrange backstage access and special events through the building's concierge.
200-Amsterdam-Avenue-2 Little Composers room

Design by Fischer + Makooi Architects | Interiors by Meshberg Group
8 available listings from $650K - $1.7M

575-Fourth-Avenue-1 All images of 575 Fourth Avenue via Douglas Elliman
Later this year, the condominium at 575 Fourth Avenue will open its doors and welcome its first residents. All units offer individually crafted layouts, floor-to-ceiling windows, multi-zone heating and cooling, generous closet space, open-plan kitchens with high-end appliances, and well-outfitted baths.

An increasing number of artistic individuals has started to make Brooklyn their home, and 575 Fourth Avenue is prepared to welcome them with its suite of amenities. A music room offers professional-grade equipment, acoustic soundproof walls and ceilings, a drum set, piano, guitars, microphones, and a recording platform. Elsewhere in the building, a lounge with co-working space is a natural "third place" for writers, artists, and other freelance workers in creative industries.
575-Fourth-Avenue-2 Music room

Design by Richard Meier, Kohn Pedersen Fox, and Rafael Vinoly | Interiors by Champalimaud Design, Yabu Pushelberg, and Groves
18 available listings from $1.9M - $7M

Waterline-Square-01 All renderings of Waterline Square via Noe & Associates with The Boundary
Closings are about to commence at Waterline Square, the magnificent new waterfront development where Midtown West meets the Upper West Side. Its offerings include a new park, the first-ever Cipriani food hall, a new Empellon outpost, and hundreds of new rental units and condos alike in three starchitect-designed buildings. All units enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows, soaring ceilings, in-unit washer/dryers, generous closet space, and state-of-the-art kitchens.

Each building has its own luxurious indoor and outdoor amenities, and all buildings are connected by The Waterline Club, an amenity suite measuring over 100,000 square feet and offering sports courts, programs, and areas to cater to seemingly every hobby and interest. This includes a music room with a baby grand piano, electric guitar, drum set, and recording studio with sound mixing and production equipment.
Waterline-Square-02 Music room

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