Copper-Clad Luxury Condominium in New York’s West Village Tops Out

By Erika Schnitzer, Associate EditorNew York–A copper-clad luxury condominium, 385 West 12th St., has topped off. The seven-story, 12-unit boutique hotel-style condominium developed by New York-based FLAnk is expected to be complete in early 2009.“One of the things we value is real estate’s ability to change over time,” says Tim Crowley, managing director of FLAnk. “The building’s façade is very responsive to its surroundings. We thought this was an interesting addition to such an historic neighborhood. The concept was to use a natural material because of its ability to change over time, oxidize and become an artifact.”Seven of the 12 residences have been sold. The remaining units include two penthouses and three triplex townhomes, ranging in size from 3,469 to 4,331 sq. ft. The units are priced from $5.5 to $13.5 million.“The layouts are somewhat traditional, with many public rooms instead of just one Great Room,” notes Crowley. The ratio of public rooms to bedrooms is one to one, he adds. “The apartments are grand and function well. A lot of attention is paid to size and adjacency of the rooms.”The units feature Viking dual ovens, refrigerators and wine chillers, and Bosch dishwashers. In addition, each residence includes a Control 4 home automation system that manages lighting, temperature, entertainment and communication between floors. The development offers a 2,700-sq.-ft. rooftop deck with a 50-ft. lap pool, spa, Boffi outdoor shower and outdoor kitchen for entertaining, all of which are adjacent to an exercise and meditation deck.First residences are expected to be delivered at the end of the second quarter of 2009.