While many house hunters are still looking for the white-picket-fence dream of a big home with a large property, an increasing number of buyers are pivoting instead to the low-maintenance appeal of condo life. New condos are on the rise in our area and are particularly popular for younger buyers without children and older buyers downsizing from their long-term family homes.
The rash of city dwellers who escaped to the suburbs during the pandemic — and have opted to stick around — have also gravitated to the condo market. And, condo life is certainly a big winner for second-home buyers as well, especially in coveted shoreline areas.
Whatever the reason for going condo, the allures are plenty. In addition to an easier overall lifestyle (no more mowing lawns or cleaning gutters!), many of these developments are new construction, located close to shops and entertainment, allow for a “lock-up-and-go” lifestyle, are pet-friendly, offer residents a strong sense of community, and include perks such as concierge services, luxury amenities, and even on-site dining.
Here’s a look at what you can expect at some of our region’s finest condo developments:
Shoreline Star: The Norton; Niantic, CT
These 12 just-built condos, steps from Niantic’s pretty beach and boardwalk, offer fantastic walkability as well as single-floor, open-space floorplans. The brand-new development includes one-, two-, and three-bedroom units all bosting high-end fixtures and finishes such as imported Carrara marble baths, white oak hardwood floors, and kitchen details like quartz or leathered-granite countertops, Bosch appliances, and Kohler fixtures. The development also includes a gorgeous rooftop deck with panoramic views of downtown Niantic and the waterfront.
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Architectural Marvel: The Residences at 66 High Street; Guilford, CT
Historic architecture meets modern design at this stunning condo development with unique roots: one of the buildings was an adaptive reuse of a mill listed on the National Register of Historic Places. That history is on display in the homes with features like exposed heavy timber beams, brick walls, and heating ducts. Creature comforts abound with luxe elements such as quartz counters, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, Waterworks hardware, private decks/terraces with marsh/river views, and in one unit, even a Full Swing sports simulator. Stellar community-wide amenities include a heated pool, fitness center, fire pit sitting area, bike racks, kayak launch, dog park, and community garden.
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Livin’ Large at 55+: The St. Regis Residences, Rye; Rye, NY
Offering the same pedigree as the world-famous St. Regis hotels, this extraordinary 55+ community is unparalleled for its amenities: 25,000 square feet of exquisite perks including a 50-foot indoor pool and high-end fitness center, spa treatment rooms, a library with two-sided gas fireplace, a golf simulator room, and 15-seat screening room. The residences offer a rarified living experience, boasting Italian kitchen and bath cabinets, stone and quartz countertops, Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Bosch appliances, wine refrigerators, butler closets, and nine- to 10-foot ceilings in open, spacious floorplans.
Urban Luxe: Ritz-Carlton Residences at Renaissance Square; White Plains, NY
One of the earlier prestige high-rise condo buildings to emerge in White Plains, Ritz-Carlton Residences at Renaissance Square remains a highly-sought after address. With the well-known Ritz-Carlton flair as the guiding light, the building includes 24-hour concierge services, in-residence dining, a glass-covered pool, a health club, valet parking, and a day spa — with all the action of White Plains in easy walking distance. Stunning skyline views about in this penthouse unit, which offers a marble foyer, formal living room and wet bar, custom Italian kitchen, and huge primary suite with Carrara marble bath and oversized his/her walk-in closets.