By Dan Orlando
Since officially opening its doors in April, Abington House is near 70 percent capacity. Situated against the High Line, the 312-unit rental is the newest addition to the evolving West Chelsea neighborhood.
“The pace of the renting has been very fast,” said Daria Salusbury, senior vice president and head of luxury leasing for Related. “We are ahead of schedule.”
Developed by Related Companies, the building was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects with the personality of the surrounding area in mind.
“It really works with the neighborhood as opposed to working against the neighborhood,” said Salusbury, noting that the 33-story building’s appearance intentionally resembles that of a reconditioned warehouse, allowing it to blend into neighborhood.
The inside of the building skews substantially more modern.
“My vision and mission for Abington House was to create a building with a sense of place dedicated to the wellness and joy of the residents, staff and visitors, capturing the muscular intrigue of the High Line and referencing it in the interior finishes,” said the property’s interior designer, Clodagh.
The lobby has a slate floor comprised of fossilized rock, accented by benches fashioned out of solid blocks of cement shaped into long curves.
The couches and light fixtures continue the urban-nature fusion with colors ranging from weathered grays to worn browns.
“One of my mantras is to always ‘bring the outside in and the inside out,’ seamlessly connecting buildings to their environment,ˮ said Clodagh.
“I believe that all good residential buildings should contain not only interesting and well-appointed apartments, but also a necklace of hospitable experiences within the building so that a person living in an 800 s/f one bedroom apartment can enjoy thousands of square feet of amenity space, with a variety of different moods and experiences being made available to them within the micro-community.”
Salusbury said the Irish designer’s “positive karma” comes across as a “welcoming and relaxing element.”
The hallways and apartments themselves surround residents in a Mad Men meets modern theme. Grays and steel-like colors dominate the passage ways while brighter, more natural colors dot the actual living spaces of the model units. Residents are free to apply their own tastes as units come unfurnished.
Two bedrooms, which are renting for over $7,000 per month, include two baths, a full kitchen, and living area.
The entire property includes 104 studios, 132 one-bedrooms, 19 two-bedrooms with one bathroom, and 57 two-bedrooms with two-bathrooms.
Studios start at $3,695 a month and two-bedroom apartments begin at $7,645. One bedrooms start are $4,695.
The property offers residents three terraces with views of the Hudson as well as southwestern Manhattan, Jersey City, and Hoboken. Residents can casually enjoy the outdoor spaces or reserve barbecue set ups complete with grills and tables.
Beneath the building, amenities include a quiet reading sanctuary, a Mac bar outfitted with printers, and a 4,000 s/f fitness center that was designed by Equinox.
By this fall, Related will be installing Dog City, which will provide dog-owning residents with a one-stop-shop for vet and grooming needs.
The building is also designed to meet LEED Gold standards, offers 24-hour concierge service, valet parking, and personal assistants who will help facilitate the move-in process.
While Abington House is making a case to be the premier residence in a growing neighborhood, it’s far from the only new luxury residence to pop up in the neighborhood.
But believes the Related reputation for excellence, coupled with the location, have already ranked it a winner.
“West Chelsea is a fabulous location because you are right by the river. We are literally, right on the High Line,” she said.
“When you have a building that has this type of greenery around it, you can walk down the High Line, you can take a bike along the esplanade, which ribbons along the Hudson River. We have tons of restaurants which are popping up left and right. It’s a very vibrant location.”