We’ve written that rental inventory will continue to be scarce in 2012, but we can report that there are two new buildings full of luxury apartments for rent currently scheduled to open this year. The first is the Windermere, located in the Upper West Side at 666 West End Avenue. It’s scheduled to open sometime this month. The other is 396 Broadway, a pre-war in Tribeca that should be finished by the fall. We took a look at these two buildings, to see how the Manhattan luxury rentals will look to the inhabitants who will eventually live in them.
The Windermere is a 23-story pre-war building on 92nd Street, originally constructed in 1927. It boasts 374 luxury units, and a limestone and brick façade. The building was purchased by Stellar Management near the end of 2010 for $68 million, and the company has spent an additional $10 million renovating the space and adding amenities to it. The Windermere now includes wireless internet, a gym, a lounge, and a roof deck.