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Ready, Set, Create: Luxury Condo Amenities Designed for Makers

By: Emma Reynolds

Homes have become our sanctuaries over the past few years, and for many homeowners and prospective buyers, the more that is available under one roof, the more appealing. Gyms, pools, and even spas have become par for the course in luxury residential developments, especially in cities; however, new condominiums are taking it a step further with club- and hotel-like features that pique a range of interests. The latest one? Creativity-driven studio spaces. Many luxury condominium buildings are bringing the studios, equipment, and supplies to residents so people of all ages can discover a new hobby, learn a skill, or occupy the kids in a productive way. Creatives, in particular, will appreciate these music rooms, recording studios, art studios, theaters, and more.

Waterline Square

Located in New York’s residential Upper West Side neighborhood, Waterline Square is one of New York’s most sought-after developments. With more than 100,000 square feet of amenities for residents, it comes as no surprise that this development has an incredible suite of creative amenities. Among the features is a music recording studio, perfect for both musicians and podcasters to record in a soundproof, professional environment. The room comes stocked with instruments like a piano, drums, and guitar. There is also a full-blown art studio, complete with canvas, easels, and paint. It suits a variety of ages and skill sets, no matter if you’re a total newbie or an accomplished artist. There’s also an indoor gardening studio for those who have a green thumb. 

One Manhattan Square

Among the wine room, cigar room, sports, club, and spa at New York’s One Manhattan Square is also an incredible theater and performance space. The room has sumptuous, theater-style seating and a large screen, as well as a spacious stage. Perfect for hosting small plays, musicals, dances, or concerts, the area has seating for up to 70 people. You can also rent the room out to watch big events, like the Super Bowl, Oscars, Grammys, or Masters. 

Saint Marks Place

Everything you need is right at home at Saint Marks Place, a luxury residential building in Boerum Hill. There are just 100 residences over the building’s 12 stories and more than 19,000 square feet of amenities designed for a range of hobbies and interests. There are few buildings in New York that have as many unique amenity spaces under one roof. For example, there is the Makers Room, a bright, airy space with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a lush garden and let in plenty of natural light. While the room’s use is up to interpretation, it was designed with today’s creator in mind. It’s an ideal filming location, and the large, custom table is a sturdy place to stand your tripod for filming high-quality videos. The Parlor is a spacious, sunlit room with a well-designed kitchen for chefs who are looking to film food content. It provides a large clean space, an eye-catching design, and custom appliances. The Karaoke Room is also a great rehearsal space, whether you’re a musician or an actor. It’s made with quality acoustics and can be reserved for a single individual or group. 

378 West End Avenue

This luxury building, also in New York’s Upper West Side neighborhood, is a stunning, well-preserved structure. From the outside, 378 West End Avenue has a classical palazzo facade, but on the inside, its interiors have been meticulously designed. Its amenities include comprehensive fitness features, like a gym, squash court, and basketball court, as well as a pool, spa, reading room, garden terrace, and sports simulator. Part of its 11,000 square feet of amenities is the music room and recording studio, which has a piano and other instruments, as well as a children’s playroom with a performance stage so the kids can work their theater chops. 

Front & York

Brooklyn has several new luxury buildings that are luring people out of Manhattan. To convince people even further that Brooklyn is the place to be, Front & York has designed incredible amenities that will make you never want to leave. Channel your favorite musicians in the well-designed music room, an acoustically engineered space. Allow the records that decorate the room to inspire your jam sesh. A piano is available as well and residents are welcome to bring their own instruments.

Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, offers beachfront residential living with five-star hotel service, so you can always be on vacation. There are 111 waterfront residences and 15 standalone villas, and all residents have access to the myriad amenities on offer. Unique to the development is the art studio. The comprehensive studio is available for adults and children and is the perfect setting for hosting dinners and paint-and-sip classes or for kids to hone their creative skills. The art studio provides easels, sculpting surfaces, worktables, reference books, and supplies, so all you need to show up with are your ideas.

11 Hoyt

Luxury condominium building 11 Hoyt in Brooklyn brings elegant, high-rise living to Downtown Brooklyn. The 57-story tower has more than 55,000 square feet of amenities, including its maker studio. The workshop features many workstations and supplies in a collaborative environment for budding artists. Rent it out for a kids’ party or work alongside other residents to create some unique art. 

The Westly

Upper West Side condominium The Westly overlooks the Manhattan skyline and has airy, open-plan residences that allow for spacious, easy living. The units feel exceptionally homey, with fireplaces, a neutral color palette, and custom design features. The rooftop pool rivals that of a five-star hotel, and the residents’ lounge resembles an upscale Parisian apartment. In addition to the fitness center and yoga studio, children’s playroom, and game room, there is also a chic soundproof music studio complete with all you could ever need: drums, piano, amps, guitar, microphone, and recording equipment.