By Roslyn Lo
Situated in the heart of Harlem, the new Apex Condominiums offer an avant-garde building in the midst of a neighborhood lush with history. It is the first hotel-condominium community in Harlem since 1967. The 12-story building is on the corner of Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 124th Street, a location becoming a popular destination for tourists and residents alike.
With 44 newly built condominiums starting from the sixth floor, the units include 476 s/f studios, 660 s/f one-bedroom units, 1,206 s/f two-bedroom units and 1,699 s/f three-bedroom units. The prices of these condominiums start at $335,000, $440,000, $645,000 and $1.04 million, respectively.
The condominiums sit atop Aloft, a boutique hotel, which aims to attract a young demographic. The new hotel-condominium complex was constructed as part of the new project to restore and modernize Harlem. The building is close to restaurant and retail developments also in the works, which aim to boost the area’s economy.
Besides its modern construction, Apex Condominiums is close to landmarks such as the Apollo Theater. Central Park, Columbia University and local public transit are also in the area.
The condominiums feature eight and a half to 10 and a half-foot ceilings, Nordic hardwood floors and dual-pane windows, which allow for sunlight exposure. The European-style kitchens come equipped with KitchenAid appliances, including an integrated wall oven, Bosch washer-dryer, bottom-freezer refrigerator, stainless steel sink and built-in microwaves.
The bathrooms feature Italian tiles and marble, and fixtures including drop down vanities, a Zuma soaking tub and frameless shower stalls. The hallways were designed extra wide, spanning four feet in width, with windows lining the corridor to allow southern exposure lighting.
Apex Condominium’s amenities, include resident access to hotel features such as Aloft’s bar and mini convenience store, a fitness center and doorman. The WXYZ bar hosts lively music and cocktails.
Residents are also given exclusive rooftop access with a views of the Manhattan skyline, with the Chrysler Building and Central Park visible. The dual-rooftop deck will be decorated and fully furnished, and some three-bedroom units have balcony access, as well.
The condominium-hotel hybrid has two separate street entrances for guests and residents, with two sets of elevators. Parking and storage are also available for an additional fee, and are optional features for driving commuters.
RCG Longview developed the Apex Condominiums and the Marketing Directors, Inc. is the marketing and sales agent. Since Apex’s late 2010 opening, 20% of the condominiums have been sold.
The three-bedroom units are being occupied swiftly, according to Marty Brady of the Marketing Directors. He said that many buyers are 30 to 40-year-old professionals, who come from all over the five boroughs, as well as the surrounding area.
Brady was enthusiastic about price points. “The Apex condominiums are as unbelievable in value as you can get, nothing like anything else you can find in Manhattan,” he said. “The hotel hasn’t even opened yet, but our condominium sales are tremendous, with 20% sold and three more contracts currently.”
With a combination of the old and the new, Harlem is seeing a spirited revival. Apex Condominiums is a bold new venture to complement Harlem’s rich history.