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Went to an open house the other day, and was actually quite impressed with the building and amenities. Am now considering getting a place there, either buying or renting, but just wanted to hear if anyone had - positive or negative - thoughts to share about the building. Haven't seen any comments about it lately. Thanks!
i've heard really good things about 15 broad as well and am giving thought to renting there. what other buildings have you looked at?
I've looked at 90 William and 20 Pine. William isn't bad, but cannot compete with 15 Broad (regardless of whether or not you like Starck). 20 Pine would be quite nice, actually, but it just has an awkward vibe - and not only because I read about the pending lawsuits. You have to wonder why there's still so much construction going on ("we're waiting with finishing the hallways until all units are occupied, otherwise the walls will get damaged during the moves" - haven't heard that before); and the people, from the front desk to sales office, seem not very interested in welcoming you.
I'll probably look at some other developments as well, maybe also Dwell, but my guess is that I'll stick to 15 Broad.
These are truly on the rent side in the rent vs. buy equation. There is no emotional benefit to living in the tourist flooded, machine gun zone that is Wall Street (and Broad Street). The only people living here are renters or people who are buying for short-term, meaning it is a broker's dream. oh, yes, convenient to work, the people working late in the office building across the street are watching you watch tv.
You're right, but then again, it's about compromises (unless you have the cash to get what you dream of). The bottom line is to weigh all the benefits against the disadvantages. I'm currently in the West Village. I love the neighborhood, the building and the apartment. But I dislike the space and kitchen and bathroom and amenities I get for the rent I pay. And more and more, space is the key factor. And if people in the building across the street feel like watching me watch TV, so be it.
There are some that predict that FiDi property will increase in value, due to the Freedom Tower, Fulton, etc. So I don't think it's only a renter market. I might look into purchasing next year. But, yes, all that stuff first needs to be (financed and) built.
100% incorrect about FiDi and 15 Broad. We just moved the family here from "oh so perfect" Tribeca, and are planning on staying for a while. We got a huge space that we can grow into, a quiet neighborhood which has the lowest crime rate in the city, quaint streets, more families than you can shake a stick at and a down to earth vibe that blows away the pretentiousness of most of Manhattan. Access to parks is unrivaled. We have real neighbors that have kids, birthday parties, cocktails on the terrace and community. Weekends my son can run out the front door of the building and not worry about getting run over by a cab (which contrary to popular belief are plentiful downtown).
It isn't perfect -- still needs more restaraunts, some more delis and groceries, but I have been in NYC for 16 years - 8 on the UWS - and for me and my family it is perfect.
Silly comment from someone that knows nothing about the neighborhood.
markznyc, good to hear about your positive experiences. Just out of curiosity, did you buy or rent?
Bought. Versus our Tribeca place about 60% cheaper psft, plus outdoor space. We already were familiar with the neighborhood and are close enough to what we liked in Tribeca to make it a no brainer. Subways are easier too . . .
This is an amazing neighborhood. I have have been living down here for over a year. First, renting, now as an owner. This neighborhood is completely under rated. You have every major subway line.. great restaurants, Stone St as well as Front St, and a very safe and clean neighborhood.
In response to uwcider - I live in BPC (Battery Park City). I LOVE that on the weekend when I stroll to get coffee or lunch all I see are my neighbors and tourist. Tourist are always polite and in a happy mood which makes for a relaxing stroll. You start to feel as if you're on vacation as well. I would much rather live around tourist than NY'ers. No offense to NY'ers, I love ya but after a week of work, I'm pretty much tired of you :-)
Starks architectually designed homes are quite innovatively impressive. A wise investment. 15 Broad pleasantly combines style, design and decor into each unit.
I've been living in this building for about 18 months now and could not be happier: fantastic value price wise, top amenities, top top building staff, and you get to own a piece of historic New York ground. Before i bought i looked at about 40-50 apartments all over NYC and Brooklyn, but when i learned about 15 Broad this became a no-brainer (i have to add that i am a squash player so the court in the building sealed the deal for me...). I don't mind the neighbourhood. It still needs more development but that will happen no doubt. And in the meantime we just order via FreshDirect....- good luck to all of you considering this building. Do your homework but in the end you are likely to realize that this is an awesome space to live in.
OK, maybe I'm confused. I work right near 15 Broad and thought that there is a ton of construction outside its front entrance due to the ehanced security in front of the New York Stock Exchange. What am I missing here that makes this building resident-friendly?
No, that's not construction. That's called a Christmas tree.
I heard and was confirmed by the doorman of the building ,that 15 Broad had mice problems that were coming out from the air condition units .
Walked by here last night and realized I'm confusing 15 Broad and 25 Broad. 25 Broad has all the construction outside of it.
Just curious, serious looking at buying in the building. Is there any truth to the mice problems from a year ago?
Also, any other comments about the building?
mice problems?????? i have been living here for two years and i never heard anything like that. it sounds funny, though :)
i love the building, the pats, the amenities, the staff. really enjoining it.
Do they have any 1 bedrooms with views left? I've lived in FiDi for 2.5 years and I love it down here. I rent a studio that's small but has a view of the East River, which to me makes it feel five times larger. Now I'm looking to buy down here and want a place with a view of water - East River, NY Harbor or Hudson.
The prices seem to be all over the place...does anyone have any ideas why?
chuckl1233, I think the prices have a wide disparity because the ones with views and sunshine carry a hefty premium, while the loft like (0 bedroom, 2 home office) have a lot of supply and are going for really cheap. The inventory in this building is a serious problem. The 'gold room' feels like a broker convention every Sunday.
I am going to check out this building today. we are currently renting on the UWS lincoln center area. we are in a new high rise bldg with loads of ammenities. it is not our primary residence, it's a pied a terre. we have been looking for a larger living space since we come here with our teenagers alot. we have been looking all over since this seems a great time to buy a piece of manhattan real estate which will one day be our primary residence. Just wondering about this neighborhood as i didn't really consier the FiDi as an option until i read about the amenities in this bldg. we did check out gramercy starck and hated it. the location, the building was dark and very masculine, no family vibe, young wall street types. how does this building compare, Hoping to be pleasantly surprised!
This building has pros and cons...
The lobby entrance is the best thing about this building to me. If you are single person then this is the wrong building.
-Full of children and nannies.
-You will have to share the amenities with these children. can you imagine using the pool?? lol.. it will be like you are at water world.
-The elevators take way too long. I waited almost 10 minutes for the elevator. There are so many people in the building and no matter what time of day it is because the nanny's are using the elevators taking the kids out for walks like dogs.
-there is way too much activity in the lobby. constant food delivers, furniture delivers,oh yey...children in the lobby etc...
with that said, it is a great place for families. But if you are a single hard working person looking for a place of serenity then this is NOT the place for you.
in my opinion
gramerecykid yes that is true, but i loved the apartments. the layouts were nice each one unique and lots of amenities. but everything else you said is spot on! lots of kids, nannies very family oriented, probably because the units are large, and the price is right.
The pool is empty most of the time. Definitely some times there are kids there, but not as much as you might expect. Kids are not permitted in the workout facility so not an issue. The elevators to the towers (upper floors) are only two, so if one is being used for moveins, there is a bit of a delay. The building is amazing and just taking guests on tours of the amenities is overwhelming in a positive way for each person.
There is a critical difference between apartments based on the floor, with higher floors necessary to get any kind of a view. It is really important to see the actual apartments to get a sense why some are priced very differently then others. There are some incredible apartments in the building, and others that have large limitations.
So there's a lawsuit pending against Boymelgreen.
How would this affect tenants (specifically, renters) in the building? And is there really an issue with smells and fireproofing and other building code violations as the lawsuit says? Any info appreciated, as we're looking for a new place ASAP.
Trying to rent here, but the fees are ridiculous. 700+112.50 in app and board fees, and on top of that, another 1200 in move in/out fees. Don't forget if you have a pet its another 100/mo.
Any comments at all about the building and any problems with it? I'm really disturbed that there are so many units for sale. There are 380 units approx. and about 60 of them are for sale or for rent. That's about 1/6.
What seems to be the problem? Board? Special Assessment coming? All these sales may result in delinquent common charges meaning the rest of the owners have to foot the bill.
Fees are not that ridiculous. My condo board charges:
$1000 move in fee
$50 credit check
$1650 application fee
JWL2672 - I can't say for sure, but I imagine the reason for the high number of sales is that this building initially attracted a large number of investors. Some of them may feel they can finally get out. If they didn't sell right after closing and held until 2007, there wasn't a good chance to get out.
Then again, I know a lot of newish (less than 7 years old) condo buildings where 1/6 units are for sale. I always think it has to do with the investors getting out.
Isn't this building directly across from the Exchange? That would make me a bit nervous.
Nah, streets are closed off. The only thing to worry about there are the OWS morons lingering around the corner and smelling up the place.
Hi, my husband I love this building - beautiful! We are a little nervous though because there are so many apartments for sale in the building, does any one have any perspective?
It's in Hurricane Evacuation Zone 1. So keep an inflatable lifeboat in the closet and don't get too attached to your possessions.
Yeah, and many people who bought as investment have pretty much screwed the pooch on that attempt as well....
It's actually in flood zone 4.
I bought in 15 broad. I love it. The building and amenities and the staff are magnificent. Not having cars in the direct area around it is amazing and when my teenagers pop out the subways at night they are surrounded by security. Rumours of both Whole Foods and Fairways coming into the area along with a rather long list of impressive retailers. And you can literally get to anywhere from here either by subway or boat or cab or helicopter ;-) And it was barely affected by Sandy, was in the least affected zone. The people that are in the building are also really nice, the ones I have met anyway. Oh and taxes and CC are relatively much less than other similar buildings. Definitely worth considering. I think the marketing on this building has been a little lax and also there was a lawsuit that is now over that caused it to lag, it won't for much longer! If you can still find a bargain here then it won't be for long.