"Finding the perfect condo is like finding the perfect mate."- Carrie Bradshaw
Several years ago, I read a book called "One Fifth Avenue" by Candace Bushnell . The building was one of the most sought-after locations in the city (located at One Fifth Avenue - in case you haven't guessed already) and who owned which units was an extremely important part of the story line. To be honest, I didn't really understand the obsession. One of the characters walked by the building for years wishing to own a unit there. There were lawsuits and scandals and all sorts of drama. I remember reading the book and thinking, "Why don't they just move into another building?". And even when Sarah Jessica Parker and Mr Big were house hunting and she replied to the Realtor that she "always loved that block", I still didn't get it.
Until, UNTIL, I found myself waiting and wanting to buy a condo in The Atlantic. I'm not going to go into all of my history with Atlantic Station, which includes living in a condo facing the construction, and realizing that my view and investment would soon be a thing of the past. Fast forward several years, and I have done countless walk-throughs, calculated and regulated what it would cost to buy a one bedroom, two bedroom (when I had my baby) and now three bedroom condo in the building.
The Atlantic is such a beautiful building. With it's art-deco inspired interior, its a knob to what's new in modern design. Think...glamour...times 10. I know that many people think that the Sovereign or Mansion would be a better investment. I've been in both and they're lovely, but I just love The Atlantic. The space is perfect for me and my lifestyle. I can envision raising my baby there and having a home in Mississippi for the summer. Seriously, I've thought about this in vivid detail.
Last week while at the building, I was told that it had been sold to yet another owner. Truth is, there have been problems with the building since even before it was completed. Ups and downs with pricing, bankrupt builders, multiple owners. It's just a sad story. The building is so beautiful. Too beautiful to turn into rentals. As a matter of fact, I would probably shed a slight tear if that happens.
Here are some images from the lobby that I took during my visit last week. Do you love it? I have a new client in the building and will bring you those images when I have them. Tell me I'm not the only one. Is there a building or neighborhood that you are dreaming of living in some day? What makes it special? I really want to know.