Imagine coming home after a long day of work and not having to park the car because the valet takes care of it. The dog has been walked and the house has been cleaned. After dinner, options include hitting the gym, taking a swim or catching a movie at the theater…all without traveling more than a few feet from home. The trend towards all-inclusive high-density living has been growing on Long Island. But none have been able to capture the luxury touches many enjoy while traveling. For young professionals, the missing link has been the personal attention that keeps up with a hectic 8am-8pm workday.
RXR Realty and Daniel Gale Sotheby’s have teamed up to make this standard of living a reality. They joined with Lessard Design, Interior Design Association, Inc. and LRC Construction, LLC to build the Ritz-Carlton Residences at North Hills. “Our vision was to build a one-of-a-kind jewel on Long Island,” said Joe Graziose, the senior vice president project executive at RXR. “We want to bring the level of services and amenities and what we refer to as a ‘lock and leave’ lifestyle for people on Long Island who wanted luxurious living, but didn’t want to pay Manhattan prices.”
The Ritz-Carlton Residences offer luxury services synonymous with the high-end hotel group. Like a 24- hour concierge that can help with anything from booking a vacation to setting up catering for a party at one of the residence’s banquet rooms. Doormen and porters are on staff 24 hours a day. Residents have access to a 25,000-square-foot clubhouse with an indoor lap pool and outdoor pool, a fully equipped fitness center with personal trainers and even an indoor golf simulator. Each residential building has a concierge desk and coffee bar right at the ground level. And one floor above is a community room that can house 50 to 60 people with a fully stocked bar, coffee bar, billiard tables, lounge seating, catering kitchen and more.
Graziose said his buyers are “really buying a lifestyle. It’s like checking into a Ritz-Carlton hotel and never checking out.” And attaching that name is more than just branding. Because the builders have teamed up with the famous hotel chain, they are held to extremely high standards of quality in both design and materials. “When we build a Ritz-Carlton Residence, we don’t just build to government standards or building standards. We build 20, 30 or 40 percent better,” said Graziose.
And he has the experience to back up that statement: Graziose was responsible for building a Ritz- Carlton Residence in Baltimore with RXR, the only company selected to build two projects under the hotel’s banner. The Long Island complex will be completed in two stages. Phase 1, which is currently under construction, is two buildings housing 124 units (most of which have already sold), expected to open in March 2016. Construction on Phase 2 is expected to begin soon after Phase 1 opens and will add another 120 units to the development. buyers won’t see much they need to change. The units have 10- to 12-foot-high ceilings, each has private balconies and terraces and there is hardwood flooring throughout.
All the stainless steel appliances are Subzero-Wolf and each kitchen has under-counter wine storage and lighting under the cabinets. Residents are able to work with interior designers to decorate the walls, set the cabinetry and countertops (their choice of marble, granite or quartzite) and customize myriad other details. Every bathroom has six-foot Bain soaking tubs and marble countertops, as well as glass-enclosed showers with multi-functional showerheads. “This is the best new address on Long Island, and I feel it’s going to remain that way forever. Unless RXR and Ritz-Carlton decide to build another one,” Graziose said.