Inside Nicole Kidman’s Building- Where You Can Drive Up To Your Living Room

NY Daily NewsOctober 18, 2012
200 Eleventh in Chelsea has one apartment left: a $12.95 million duplex penthouse with stunning views.

Light, air, the river, two floors covered in teak, giant windows encased in black aluminum, and a car lift that takes you right to your private garage in the sky, in your apartment.

It’s no wonder Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban bought at 200 Eleventh, the still-stunning development by architect Annabelle Selldorf and developers Young Woo & Associates and Italian Glauco Lolli-Ghetti.
With black granite and Venetian plaster climbing the wall, the lobby is so stylized the condo board put a sign on the door: “This is a residence. Please do not enter.”

“Everyone thinks it’s an art gallery,” says listing broker and Douglas Elliman managing director Leonard Steinberg, who lives in the building that he helped sell when it came to market in 2008.

The last unit left is the 3,248-square-foot duplex penthouse, on the market now for $12.95 million, or $3,987 per square foot.
It is astonishing. Even the outdoor space, which New York-based Selldorf faced away from the windy Hudson River, feels like an additional room, perfectly squared and roofed off facing northeast with views of Chelsea and the midtown skyline.

The lines everywhere in this building are classical. It’s all symmetry and clean lines. The views give the building its curves. When you look west to the river, you gaze over a green Astroturf soccer field and sunken park next to Chelsea Piers. Sunsets over the Hudson are all pink.

“These are totally unobstructed and will remain so,” says the South African-born Steinberg, an accomplished pianist known in broker circles as a market maker who gets higher prices for new developments in emerging neighborhoods. “This apartment is one of a kind. We’ve had solid offers and are negotiating now.”

Steinberg sees a market resurgence in Chelsea, where Walker Towers is setting price records on 18th St. off Seventh Ave. fetching more than $4,000 per square foot.

“I don’t know if people want to hear this or not, but everything in New York City is terribly underpriced right now,” he says. “The projects that are coming are going to set all kinds of records. West Chelsea has drastically changed in the past six months. The Avenues school has brought families with children who want their children to receive the best education in the country. Everything here is different now. Avenues is the game-changer.”

Started by Chris Whittle, Avenues is a private school that educates children to understand the global world we live in today. Math, science, languages and core values are taught in a conducive setting. Katie ¬Holmes enrolled daughter Suri Cruise in the school. She moved to Chelsea to be close.

The immediate vicinity, once known solely for art galleries and studios, has seen an uptick in nightlife. The Americano Hotel by architect Enrique Norten has a rooftop pool/bar that during the winter months gives off steam like a hot tub at a ski chalet. Restaurants have popped up along the High Line, just down the street from 200 Eleventh. Still, Steinberg points to the apartment views.

“There is nowhere else in Manhattan with 80 feet of frontage that has protected views of park, water, skyline with your own private garage,” he says. “This building became an instant landmark the day it opened. Architecture tours in the neighborhood make this their last stop.”

Yes, but does Mick Jagger rent here?

“We don’t comment on celebrities or any buyers,” Steinberg says. “You know that. The identity of potential buyers for this apartment, though, would shock anyone.”

We’re sure. Thanks for nothing. Then what about the garage?

“That’s funny,” he says. “One of our buyers estimated that not waiting for your car saves you 20 minutes per day. That’s an extra two weeks you have for ¬vacation per year.”

Coming: As you drive up, a sensor in your car opens the garage door. The door closes behind you. Drive to a waiting car elevator which whisks you to your apartment. Back into your private sky garage.

How the Sky Garage Works

Going: Call the elevator. Drive in head first. At street level, drive onto 24th St. head first through a preexisting curb cut-out left from the previous site, a garage.

Rules: Since New York City does not allow creation of new curb cutouts, without preexisting ones the sky garage could not have been built.

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