If you ask any New Yorker about his or her real estate wish list, I often wonder how many would say an outdoor space. Let’s face it –– it’s easy to get cabin fever when dwelling year after year in a city apartment, even if you’re fortunate enough to live in a two or three-bedroom.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but outdoor space isn’t exactly readily available in New York City. Millions of residents live without a smidge of greenery, but they are fortunate to have access to some of the most beautiful public parks anywhere. There are, however, a selection of NYC apartment buildings that come with significant outdoor spaces.
Here are five to leave you green with envy, or at least dreaming of swimming a lap or soaking up the sun without ever going home.
15 Broad St
Once deemed one of the 20 most significant office buildings in the world, the creativity of Philippe Starck’s conversion extends to the exterior –– the building looks out on a 5,000-square-foot roof garden complete with children’s pool and play space. This L-shaped building wraps around 23 Wall St, on which the roof garden is located. The sprawling outdoor oasis overlooks the New York Stock Exchange and stands amid the evolving Financial District. Luxurious on the inside as well, amenities at 15 Broad include a gym, yoga studio, bowling alley, movie theater, and lounge.
255 Hudson St
A Soho address should be enough, but this sleek condo building also offers a stunning roof terrace with an outdoor shower, a lush, rooftop lawn, and Adirondack chairs and tables. Residents can take advantage of the beautiful Hudson River Park, which only steps away. This address is sophisticated living at its best. According to Streeteasy.com, the average price per square footholds around $1,571.
1280 Fifth Ave
Also called ‘One Museum Mile,’ the Robert A.M. Stern masterpiece at 110th Street not only provides stunning views of Central Park but offers a landscaped roof deck with a heated pool and lounge. Residents will feel on top of the world as they overlook one of the greatest public parks while relaxing poolside. The building consists of studios, one, two, and three-bedroom units, as well as penthouse apartments.
500 W 21st St
Landscape designer Rees Roberts + Partners is the brainchild behind the stunning, sustainable garden at this West Chelsea condo building. Plants reach as high as 40 feet and rotate with the seasons, adding an outdoor element for all residents to enjoy. With a 2,000 square foot fitness center, on-site parking, and private storage for each residence, not to mention its proximity to the High Line, 500 W 21st is a must-see for anyone searching in the luxury market.
181 Clermont Ave
Designed by Meltzer Mandl Architects, this six-floor apartment building in Brooklyn boasts a generously landscaped courtyard with a manicured garden and circular fountain. The two-building residential complex is located in the heart of Fort Greene and lies just four blocks from the park, as well as a short walk to Atlantic Terminal and BAM. Many of the units also have private outdoor spaces –– either balconies or terraces –– that provide views of the courtyard, Fort Greene Park, Brownstone Brooklyn, or Manhattan. The average price at Clermont Greene is $1,021 per foot.