Rising 19 storeys on a narrow site at the corner of 61st Street and 2nd Avenue, The Clare is a 30-unit luxury condominium at 301 East 61st in Midtown Manhattan's Lenox Hill neighbourhood. The recently completed building was designed by Manuel Glas and developed by Real Estate Inverlad Development (REID) and Third Palm Capital. The development, though relatively small in stature, is notable as the first building to feature the beautiful Porcelanosa tile as a cladding fixture.
While most buildings of similar size only have a call system for tenants to ring visitors in, The Clare has both a virtual concierge and full-time doorman. Behind the glass entry doors is the building's naturally lit lobby which features Bulgarian marble and a walnut accent wall that frames the elevator corridor.
The second floor unit 2B with two bedrooms and two bathrooms across 1,250 square feet is, in contrast with the units above, a more modest $1,895,000. Despite being directly above one of the busiest places in the city, with a wealth of retail and restaurants along most adjacent streets, it is relatively quiet inside with double-paned insulated windows.
With a current sale price of $2,995,000, unit 7A is a 1,629-square-foot two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath duplex. Upon entering the unit, one is greeted by the double-height space with 18-foot ceilings lit by floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap the space housing the living room and kitchen. All living spaces and bedrooms feature white oak flooring, a sub-floor radiant heating system, and LED lighting. Each unit also comes with its own stacked washer and dryer.
A cantilevered wood staircase with glass railings leads to a second-level master bedroom loft which overlooks the main living space. Bathrooms within all of the units feature marble walls, quartz countertops with double sinks, and Porcelanosa tiles on the walls as backsplashes.
Unit 12B, currently listed for $2,895,000, is a 1,458-square-foot spread featuring two bedrooms and two bathrooms with nine-foot ceilings throughout.
One floor above, on the 13th level, is the amenity space, which features 12-foot ceilings, an 800-square-foot outdoor terrace with Porcelanosa floor tiles, a fully stocked exercise gym, an entertainment center, and a kitchen for residents entertaining guests.
The outdoor terrace is overlooked by the crisp glass facade of the penthouses above, which feature up to 3,045 square feet of space and several private balconies.
In addition to Manhattan's dense forest of skyscrapers, the neighbourhood's wealth of transportation options are visible from the rooftop terrace, including the Queensboro Bridge, the Roosevelt Island Tramway, and one block further away, the Lexington Avenue-59th Street subway station. Also, when it eventually extends south, pending funding, the Second Avenue Subway will likely also include a stop a short block or two away from the building.