One of my favorite movies is Across the Universe by Julie Taymor and I really enjoyed the performance in the film by the actress and singer who played Sexy Sadie, which was Dana Fuchs. The New York Timesreported this past weekend that Fuchs, a well-known and highly established singer and musician, has made Harlem her home. Fuchs recently purchased a 1500 square foot, three bedroom apartment with her companion at Fifth on the Park in Harlem. The article states Fuchs was a drawn to Fifth on the Park in Harlem because of the amazing views. “With big windows overlooking so much greenery, I was just wowed,” Fuchs told the Times.
If you have never heard Dana Fuchs’ music before, check out the video below. And now that I know Fuchs lives in Harlem, I will silently wish that she and her band will one day perform live in Harlem. Wouldn’t that be so cool?
This past weekend, The New York Times featured an article on NYC residential buildings with outdoor pools. The article stated,”of the approximately 150 pools in residential buildings in Manhattan, only about 15 are outside, according to the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; some of those 15 are in private town houses.” As I read on, I wanted to know what residential buildings in Harlem offered indoor or outdoor swimming pools-if any. There are two condo buildings in Harlem that currently offer/or will soon offer an indoor pool as part of building amenities.
Fifth on the Park indoor pool
Fifth on the Park, located at 1485 5th Avenue, has an indoor pool. It is a 55 foot, heated lap pool. I have seen this pool. It’s not too shabby and I believe it is in the lower level part of the building. The only draw back is you can only swim when there is a lifeguard around and who knows the schedule. So depending on what the schedule is, owners probably have to schedule their lap appoints way in advance. Hey…there could be worse things in life. If you’re interested in an apartment with indoor swimming pool, there are apartments for sale in 5th on the Park ranging from around $400k to close to $2 million.
WA Condo indoor pool
The other building that offers an indoor pool is the WA Condominiums, a relatively new condo building located at 2201 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. According to StreetEasy and its website, an indoor pool is one of many amenities offered. However, both of these sites I mentioned do not show any past sales. So I can’t provide additional details at this time. Does anyone have the lowdown on this condo building?
So out of the 150 pools in NYC residential buildings, there appears to be two right here in Harlem. Can you imaging living in one of these buildings-especially during the summer. Not a bad way to live and beat the August heat!
I am surprised by this figure. It took a while for the Gateway to be completed. One would think buyers would just forget about places that take forever to be finished. However, this is not the case when it comes to New York real estate. There seems to be about 12 apartments left on the market according to Streeteasy.com. My guess is the apartments on the upper level of the tower were snapped up first and then the lower level next. The apartments on the higher floors have unobstructed views. The rooms are also big and spacious and like most new developments, the Tower has washer and dryers in the apartments.
The 70 percent sales were also probably achieved due to location and the rooftop views I have been on several rooftops in Harlem, such as The Douglass, 2280 FDB, Parc Standard, Fifth on the Park and Livmor. However, Gateway Condo has one of the best rooftops in Harlem. It has a clear shot of Central Park and Morningside Park from the roof. Also, the view of St. John the Divine is just that…divine. The view of East Harlem is nice as well. That view offers seeing brownstones from overhead.
I had the opportunity to take some photos from the rooftop at Gateway. I could not resist. When the real estate agents show the apartments, they take visitors up to the roof. Hopefully, these photos give you a sense of why the roof at Gateway Towers is one of my favorites!
According to The New York Observer, Harlem is getting a “secret agent.” Well, actually Fifth on the Park is. Apparently, Glen Sergeon Jr., who got him dubbed the “Secret Agent” by Forbes magazine back in May has said goodbye to his Greenwich Village penthouse for a three-bedroom apartment in the condo tower Fifth on the Park. Records show that the Secret Agent himself paid $1.42 million for his new place on the 20th floor of the 28-story building located near Marcus Garvey Park at 120th Street.
The article mentions that Fifth on the Park is the tallest apartment building in Harlem and the Secret Agent’s “new 1,884-square-foot home offers all the modern amenities, such as state of the art kitchens with granite counter tops, washer/dryers, central air conditioner and heating systems, cherry wood floors, oversized windows, 9 – 10′ ceiling heights, marble baths with soaking tubs and custom closets.” And the Secret Agent is getting a deal. There are almost no taxes to pay, due to the 421-a program.
Hope the residents at Fifth on the Park are excited about having a “secret agent” living in their building. Maybe they will dub him the James Bond of Harlem?
Apr 5, 2011 @ 7:00
It is that time of year where New York Magazine profiles some of the upcoming neighborhoods for 2011. In this week’s edition (April 3), they list 20 of The Next Big Neighborhoods in New York City and two Harlem sections made the list!
A big congrats to Marcus Garvey Park. This area located in Central Harlem was ranked fourth out of 20. NYMag says Marcus Garvey Park “is undergoing a several million dollar renovation, including smoothed-out sidewalks and the transformation of its existing bandshell into a state-of-the-art amphitheater.” In addition to park renovations, several buildings have sprung up, such as 5th on the Park, located at Fifth Avenue and 120th Street; and “the recently constructed Windows on 123, a pair of buildings graced with limestone-balconied apartments and full-floor lofts.”
Hamilton Heights located in West Harlem, finishes out the list placing 20th on the list.
Another notable mention, is Manhattan Valley, which is right below Harlem on the Westside. They were ranked second out of 20.