Luxury Homes in NYC's Chelsea at The Caledonia
No matter the economy or state of the world, New Yorkers like their luxury, and one of the finest recent examples of upscale living is Chelsea's The Caledonia. Expertly built and managed by The Related Companies, this new hybrid building (includes condo owners and renters), which overlooks the High Line, already is sold out in its ownership division. As of a few weeks ago, however, rentals were still available. Sizes range from studio to three-bedroom, and some of the 190 units have terraces.
I thought I had a nice apartment until I saw the lobby, let alone the units! Eco-friendly bamboo floors and cabinetry, top-end appliances, large windows, key fob entry, spa-like bathrooms, and the Holy Grail of the NYC dweller -- a washer and dryer in each unit -- make me want to sell my place and move right in. And if I lived in a Related building now, I could easily do that, as Related makes it easy to transfer to another company unit within NYC, or even in another city.
Gallery: The Caledonia
--being able to pay rent with American Express, a service that Related pioneered (also OK: EFT or Visa)
--moving-in assistance (let the staff find a mover, set up your utilities)
--24-hour concierge, doorman and security services
--a pet spa, to make sure your pup's muddy paws are clean before you bring him or her upstairs
--a kids' activity room with computers
--a lounge with a kitchen, perfect for booking for private parties
--outdoor space and a meditation courtyard
--an Equinox health club next door, with private access
--a gentle, welcoming lobby with water features
--the Assouline Culture Lounge -- a beautiful first-floor library and social area, conceptualized and created by French publisher and designer Prosper Assouline with designer Clodagh -- with floor-to-ceiling windows, a fireplace, comfortable seating, and of course, books
See the gallery for just a few photos of this wonderful building, set in one of New York's most vibrant neighborhoods.