Apartment styles, just like hemlines, rise and fall in cycles. Thigh-grazing kilts have given way to knee-length skirts, and mid-century madness has shifted to bespoke interiors, proving that buyers are as fickle as fashion.
Some buildings are like a good cashmere sweater: They never go out of style.
Loretta Shanahan- Bradbury, director of sales for Manhattan House, a modernist landmark apartment building, said classic buildings that offer a variety of designs will fare best. They “give everyone a clean slat [and] allow designers to work with broad strokes.”
Some developments borrow from the past to tap into today’s aesthetic, which includes a 360-degree way of living.
In Brooklyn, for example, curated vintage is the new classic. David Maundrell, president of AptsandLofts.com, has been involved in the preplanning and marketing of properties with a retro sensibility, which, he said, “tap into a demographic that really appreciates these styles.”
“We wanted to be unique, and we knew these were the [kind of] places they socialize in, so we put it into their houses, too,” he said.
Shopping for a designer home may be easier than forecasting next year’s hemlines. Here’s amNewYork’s realestate look book, loosely inspired by the fashion that suits your style.
Your shop: H&M
Your stop: 2130 ACP
2130 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
This development took a decidedly different approach in attracting first-time or value-minded buyers. Instead of luxe finishes, the designer used mid-range brands such as West Elm, CB2 and Pier One. There are high-end amenities — refrigerated storage for the Fresh Direct deliveries, a club room and fitness center — but the vibe here is for fun, fashion and function. Prices range from $289,000 for a studio to $949,000 for a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath apartment.
Your shop: Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren
Your stop: P.S. 90
220 W. 148 St.
If your college wardrobe once consisted of khakis and cardigans, then consider going back to school at this condo conversion. One of the famous turn-ofthe- century Charles B.J. Snyder schools, the H-shaped building combines practicality and modernity. Stainless KitchenAid appliances form the hardworking backbone of the kitchen, and the other finishes are sturdy classics. Range: $425,000 for a studio to $848,000 for a three-bedroom, two-bath unit.
Your shop: Gucci, Versace
Your stop: Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium
246 Spring St.
Donald Trump’s perma-lodging, with an orientation toward Euro-shoppers (people and brands), incorporates Fendi Casa furnishings, Italian marble baths and in-room Nespresso machines. The units include serviceable kitchenettes for entertaining and large closets for designer wardrobes. Studios and one-bedrooms range from $1 million to $2.26 million, and two-bedroom penthouses range from $2.5 million to 8.7 million.
Your shop: Marc Jacobs, Anthropologie
Your stop: 174 Jackson St. or Fulton Street Lofts
In Williamsburg and Clinton Hill, respectively
Leveraging Brooklyn’s earthy ethos, these separate but similar developments feature natural design details such as exposed brick, reclaimed wood beams and wide-plank flooring. The Fulton lofts feature details such as crackled subway tile, distressed cabinets and farmhouse-style sinks. The units at warehousestyle 174 Jackson are equally well-considered, but with an upscale sensibility. Price: 174 Jackson St., $775,000 for a two-bedroom; Fulton Street Lofts, 940 Fulton St., $269,000 for a studio to $415,000 for a one-bedroom.
Your shop: Calvin Klein, Armani
Your stop: Manhattan House
200 E. 66th St.
Designed by the architect Gordon Bunshaft, best known for the Lever House and other buildings in the International Style, this landmark building has counted Grace Kelly and Benny Goodman among its residents. Lauded for its clean aesthetic, large windows and distinctive balconies, the building has been re-engineered for contemporary living without losing its mid-century imprint. Oneto five-bedroom condominiums start at $1.195