Ok, so you’ve narrowed down your apartment search to a few buildings. What’s the one thing that tips you towards one over another? Amenities. Yes, properties throughout all five boroughs are trying to lure new renters and owners by offering a plethora of services and conveniences. A gym? A spa? A children’s play room? A concierge? They’re all just some of the perks found in NYC’s real estate market.
But, one feature in particular is becoming important to house hunters: security. It was recently reported in the New York Post that a dozen apartment buildings on the Upper West Side teamed up to hired private security guards to patrol their neighborhood after dealing with a string of incidents. The residents are paying $120 a month each, totaling $140,000 a year to feel safe.
It’s for reasons like this, and just the simple piece of mind when you have kids, that has led many developers to create buildings where security and privacy are paramount. And some are taking the concern to a luxurious extreme. These are some of the most secure buildings in New York.
Image: 443 Greenwich via 6sqft courtesy of Cantor-Pecorella
443 Greenwich Street
There’s a reason Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jessica Biel all call this Tribeca building home. Not only does it have a beautiful landmarked façade, indoor swimming pool, children’s playroom, roof terrace, and Hamam, but also the ability to never see a neighbor if you want. The key-fob-operated elevators won’t stop for another passenger while a resident is inside, the lobby and garage are below street level behind a wrought-iron gate, and there’s private parking. Even if you don’t have a parking spot, a valet is available to take your car to a nearby garage, so you can still access the building through the secure entry.
Images: 1 Great Jones Alley
1 Great Jones Alley
A private gated drive in the middle of NoHo? Seems like a real estate myth. But, it actually exists at 1 Great Jones Alley apartment building. It’s located on one of the city’s few remaining alleyways, so you can discreetly drive up to the entrance without prying eyes. Of course, once inside, there’s a 24-hour attended lobby and a private, keyed elevator. It’s truly an escape in the heart of the Manhattan.
Images: 20 East End via City Realty
20 East End
The new Yorkville condo designed by internationally renowned Robert A.M. Stern features one of the grandest (and private) entrances in the city. In fact, they describe it as an “arrival experience.” You drive up on East 80th Street to a gated motor court with trellis garden pavilion. You can pull in and up to the front door without being seen from the public sidewalk. Many residences even have private setback terraces, and some have private gardens too. So, you can also enjoy privacy outdoors.
Image: 200 Eleventh Avenue via City Realty
Image: 200 Eleventh Avenue sky garage via Street Easy
200 Eleventh Avenue
The West Chelsea building marked a first in security offerings in the city. It has a Sky Garage, which means residents get to pull into the building, into an elevator that brings their car inside the apartment instead of having to park in a garage like most other buildings. You can literally drive off the West Side Highway and pull up the front door of your apartment making it impossible for anyone to see or follow you.
Image: 834 Fifth Avenue via Sotheby’s Homes
834 Fifth Avenue
Although many other buildings in the city have new, high-tech security features, this classic Lenox Hill apartment has long been known for its old school safety. The New York Observer once called it “the most pedigreed building on the snobbiest street in the country’s most real estate-obsessed city” and it’s been home to Elizabeth Arden, Rupert Murdoch, Laurance Rockefeller, Charles R. Schwab, and Alfred Taubman. So, you know the security is top notch. It has a diligent full-time doorman and elevator attendants ensuring no one will sneak through.
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