This month, BLDG Management officially began leasing at The Summit, a new rental property the developer has coined “a diamond in the sky.” Located at 222 East 44th Street, the 43-story building arrives as the first ground-up, residential building in Manhattan from BLDG.
Designed by Handel Architects, the tower’s unique massing features a trapezoidal design that orients interior views toward the East River and the Midtown skyline above, and away from surrounding properties. Within, the building contains 429 residences ranging from studio to three-bedroom accommodations with an amenity package more akin to a condominium development.
These amenities include a 42nd floor lounge with a private dining room and catering kitchen, a marble service bar, a fireplace, and private wine storage. A “Club” level offers kid-friendly lounge areas, a golf simulator, billiards, a screening room, and an attached outdoor terrace. Outdoor areas at this level will include grilling stations, a bar, fireside seating, and a children’s play area. A state of the art fitness and aquatic center will include a basketball and squash court, high-end equipment, sauna and steam rooms, as well as a 59-foot indoor lap pool.
Future occupants will also have access to a 230-vehicle parking garage with valet service.
“We had a strong vision and commitment to this project in differentiating it from other Manhattan rental buildings,” said Lloyd Goldman, President of BLDG. “We wanted to create a rental that embodies the true luxury of a condo – from its high-end amenity package, exceptional architecture, to its upscale finishes and grand entry. The Summit truly sets itself apart from the rest.”
With this in mind, the Summit’s interiors were meticulously designed the award-winning Lemay + Escobar, who specialize in large-scale, mixed-use, residential, adaptive reuse, and hospitality projects. Each apartment will include custom wide plank oak flooring, custom Italian cabinetry, Quartz countertops, a full suite of integrated Bosch appliances, and in-unit washer-dryers. Select residences will also include private outdoor area.
At the ground-level, opulence is, perhaps, the best word to describe the building’s entryway which includes a through-block, circular driveway, a privately commissioned steel sculpture, and a reflection pool. The building’s marble-clad lobby features 30-foot ceilings, a grand chandelier, and a waterfall.
“The Summit is the most elevated rental building in the Grand Central neighborhood, delivering an effortless and luxurious lifestyle to renters in the center of Manhattan through its finishes, amenities, services and partnerships,” said Matthew Villetto, Senior Vice President of Douglas Elliman Development Marketing, the exclusive leasing and marketing team for the project. “It embodies the utmost commitment from BLDG and we expect a sophisticated and international audience to be very drawn to the project.”
Pricing begins around $3500 for market rate units. About 20 percent of the apartments within the building will be reserved for affordable households with annual income ranging from 40 to 60 percent AMI.