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Extell delivers with new downtown diva

It doesn’t get much closer to waterfront property than One Manhattan Square.

Extell Development’s highrise at 252 South Street, on the corner of Pike Slip, towers 800 feet over the East River, providing bird’s eye views of landmark bridges, Governors and Liberty Islands and most of Lower Manhattan.

From some mid-level apartments, the picturesque Manhattan Bridge is perfectly framed by the living room’s corner windows and almost looks within grasp.

The 80-story “vertical village” was designed by Adamson Associates and offers 815 units split between one-beds starting at $1.2 million, two bedrooms from $2.1 million and three-beds at $3.5 million. One Manhattan Square is also one the few buildings that secured 421-a benefits before it expired, so tenants qualify for low taxes for 20-years.

With a portfolio that include some of the finest apartments buildings in the city, Extell made no secret of its desire to make a big splash with its entry to the Lower East Side market.

It matched the grand scale of the tower with 100,000 s/f of amenity space. A large portion comprises a series of gardens designed by West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture. The firm – which was responsible for the redesign of Governors Island — wanted residents to experience green space whenever they arrived at the building’s entrance.

A Sumac tree pathway zigzags from the front door upwards into private gardens. West 8’s green design wrap arounds the building and offers respite for every type of tenant. Adults can relax in the various gardens or lawns, but also get access to an adult treehouse, intimate fire pits and a tea pavilion that offers service throughout the day.

But kids also get a playground that is modeled as a caricature of the city and dogs can scamper freely around in the covered dog run.

Christina Medina, a senior sales executive at Extell Development, said the accessible high-quality greenspace was an important factor for the developers.

“We had the fortune of getting this large parcel of land that’s a two-acre footprint that gives us that 45,000 s/f of garden space,” Medina said. “Most developers would put another building, or monetize that space, but this is just part of the offering.”

And there’s still more than 50,000 s/f of amenity space indoors. Residents enter the grand lobby with its 24-hour doorman, concierge service and package room, cold storage, dry-cleaning valet, bike storage, clothing alteration rooms and more.

For those looking to break a sweat, One Manhattan Square’s entire fifth floor is dedicated to a fitness center with spaces for classes and programming.

The building also has a full basketball court, a two-lane bowling alley, a squash court, a putting green and a 75 ft. swimming pool.

The list of amenities continues with a cellar bar and lounge, a wine room, a cigar room, billiards lounge and game room.

To relieve some stress, the building has a Turkish bath with a cold-plunge pool, an infrared sauna, hot tub, and a sunken tranquility garden with a witch hazel tree in the center for residents who just want to kick back on reclined seating.

Extell wanted to ensure all their amenity space would get put to use, so they will be scheduling classes, programming and demonstrations for certain spaces.

One Manhattan Square is hold chef demonstrations and wine tastings in the culinary lounge that connects to the outdoor garden space and offer movie screenings in the theater and performance space.

The amenity package may be enough for some potential buyers, but the captivating views of the residences, inside and out, look to seal the deal.

The apartments were designed by New York City-based Meyer Davis, known for their boutique interior designs of residential, hospitality, retail and workplace spaces.

One Manhattan Square’s apartments offer two color schemes, either predominantly white or black. Units have Miele appliances and a washer dryer. Windows almost span the height of the apartment and 20 apartments have three exposures that offer panoramic views.

“The feeling overall is very warm and welcoming and will still carry that feeling of being in a smaller boutique condominium,” Medina said. “But it’s on a very large scale because that’s just what Extell does, they take it to another level.”

And with no other supertall developments in the immediate area, One Manhattan Square offers some of the best unobstructed views in Manhattan. From the two penthouses, residents get to see the entire lower half of the borough and into Brooklyn.

“The neighborhood hasn’t seen new development in 50 years,” Medina said. “This is definitely something new, but this is what Extell does, they come into these areas that haven’t seen a lot of new development and they kick start that area.”

Medina said the influx of residents would likely help the Lower East Side’s largely mom-and-pop retail environment. The building is also only a few minutes away from the F train’s East Broadway stop and close to several Citi Bike docks and the FDR Drive.

The building has received a lot of attention already and Extell is expecting the first closings for early 2019 and move-ins later that year.

As waterfront developments continue to be highly desirable, Medina considers One Manhattan Square among the most attractive offerings for a long time.

“You can be anywhere in Manhattan and it’s going to be amazing but this building is right here on the water and when you look out, you see the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge,” Medina said. “There’s so much history right outside the door.”

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