When it comes to real estate, all properties are not created equally. An architect’s vision on paper can become reality, transforming a skyline for generations and setting the bar for other developers who follow.
Forbes recently examined 10 transformative potential projects that could shift the paradigm. They include:
666 Fifth Ave. – a planned 1,400-foot mixed use tower in New York City by Kushner Companies. The firm’s divested former CEO, Jared Kushner is currently serving as a senior advisor to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump. Chinese firm Anbang Insurance Group (owner of The Waldorf-Astoria), recently dropped its bid to buy a major stake.
The Standish in Brooklyn Heights, New York – This building may have inspired an icon. In the Superman comics, Clark Kent lived in the Standish Arms Hotel in Metropolis. Originally erected in 1903, the reimagined Standish is being transformed into a 12-story condo developed by DDG and Westbrook Partners. It offers a view of the East River, downtown Brooklyn, the Statue of Liberty and area bridges.
Maison Vernon & Maison Commonwealth in Boston – With a renovation designed by architects Meyer & Meyer, the property is located in the coveted Beacon Hill neighborhood. It is getting a makeover courtesy of Chevron Partners, an investment, asset and property management company.
Waterline Square, New York City – Making the most of breathtaking Hudson River views, Waterline Square is designed by Richard Meier, Viñoly Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox. The three-tower condo “mega development” between 59th and 61st Streets. Among its features are lofty ceilings, oversized windows, and white and natural-toned interiors by Champalimaud.
Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla. – A 25,500-seat stadium for the Orlando City SC and Orlando Pride, the stadium is inspired by local, regional and international soccer. The $132 million venue boasts clear concourse sight lines, two levels of premium suites (31 total), 2,475 club seats, and 432,949 square feet of space.
One Manhattan Square, New York City – The view has to be seen to be believed. Adamson Associate Architects have designed this 800-foot glass tower on the Lower East Side that features a glass façade reflecting the river below and the sky above. The condominium features amenities that are sure to keep residents busy without leaving home and even includes an adult tree house.
Tavern Island in Norwalk, Conn. – This island offers the ultimate in seclusion and it could be yours for $11 million. The estate features a 6,116-square-foot English Country colonial residence, guest house, waterfront building on the mainland and views of New York, including the Manhattan skyline.
21W20 in New York City – Developer Gale International’s 21W20th is pursuing WELL and LEED certification. If successful, it would establish the residential tower as the first to hold both titles. Penthouse One, the project’s last remaining residence, currently listed for $13.5 million, features 4,841 square feet of indoor space including four bedrooms.
1000M in Chicago – This 832-foot luxury condominium is designed by architect Helmut Jahn. Developed by Time Equities, JK Equities and Oak Capitals it will impact the Windy City’s classic skyline rising up from Grant Park. 1000M is planned along Chicago’s Cultural Mile in the Historic Michigan Boulevard District
The Residences at Seafire in Grand Cayman – Want to live in paradise? This is the place for you. These dream homes overlook the water’s edge and are the vision of SB Architects, Guerin Glass, developer Dart Real Estate, and celebrity interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Featuring 62 units, it is set to open in the fall.