Looks like the Upper East Side is about to get another hot condo. On the heels of the phenomenal success of The Brompton and The Lucida, The Georgica, on 85th and 2nd Avenue is about to shine. While the AG's office has yet to give final approval on the plan, the sales office is ready and broker previews have begun. The Georgica has several things going for it. Here is a list of my impressions:
- Georgica seems to be a hybrid of classic New York family apartment and Downtown boutique condo. While many of the finishes are modern classic, the size (58 units) and design of the buiding (Cetra/Ruddy) evoke the Downtown boutique condo feel. This is no more obvious than with the exceptional facilities on the roof, which is divided into a children's area and an adult area. The kids will be able to run around the fully landscaped play area or watch (outdoor) tv on one side, while you can enjoy a cocktail, barbeque, or catch rays on the other. Wish my building had that set-up!
- There were a few finishes which I found to be standouts, even in comparison to other high end condos. The Calcutta marble kitchen with all Miele appliances was exceptional. However, the touches I liked the most were the continuation of the marble to cleanly cover the vent hood, a retractable water faucet over the stove (for pasta or tea), and the sliding drawer microwave tucked away on the inside of the marble island. Another huge hit is the use of Herringbone oak floors in the living space, which everyone, myself included, are raving about. The master bath was a masterpiece. Of course it had all the requisites (soaking tub, stall shower, double sink), but again there was a standout- the use of a gorgeous pale green Calcutta marble on the sink counter with complimentary white Calcutta marble floors and pale green bambo glass tiles. While the master bath may have a decidely feminine appeal, if I was to talk my wife into living there, the master bath and incredible kitchen would be undeniable closers.
- I like the location. Unlike Lucida and Brompton which both have exposures onto 86th Street, Georgica is tucked in at 85th and 2nd. While it is further East, I'm sure it will be quieter. The fact that Panorama Cafe on the corner refused to sell actually works to the building's advantage, The Georgica, especially above the 6th floor, is surrounded by open space and light. Second Avenue also has a wide variety of dining and drinking options and is more vibrant than 3rd or Lex in this area. Eventually, the 2nd Avenue subway will be one short block away. The building is also zoned for P.S. 290 (New School Elementary) which actually has recieved better grades than P.S. 6 of late.
- Finally, the "price talk" is accurate, the units should average around $1500 per square foot. At this level, all things considered, the pricing looks competitive and priced to move.
Completion is expected around August 09'. In an area with a shortage of quality condo options for families, it looks like The Georgica is sure to be a hit.