Three years ago, developer Alan Weissman broke ground on a parcel of land on Old Post Road, where a 92-unit St. Regis luxury condominium for ages 55 and older would soon rise. While the pandemic slowed the construction by months, a team of master builders and craftspeople is close to completing the project and the first residents are eager to move in at the end of June.
“St. Regis Rye is the first of its kind — a condominium with hotel amenities, 25,000 square feet of amenities,” noted Weissman on a recent tour. The St. Regis establishes the best of both worlds for owners – the privacy and personal touches of your own home, with the immediacy of five-star St. Regis attentiveness at you service.
So far, the buyers are primarily downsizers from New York City, Westchester County, even the Hamptons, who want a high level of service. Many are grandparents who want to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
Among the amenities are 24-hour Concierge service; one designated underground parking space plus a valet parking space; a Conference Room on the first floor that you can rent for meetings and dinners; a Library that functions like a hotel lobby; the Cognac Lounge, which is designed for comfort and fun — large couches, a pool, and several card tables; a Private Dining Room on the second floor with an adjacent prep kitchen; and a spacious Event Room with tables for 80; a Drawing Room with caned walls and a view of the courtyard, which boasts an outdoor fireplace, a firepit, and two barbecue areas.
The indoor pool feels like an outdoor one in season when all the doors are opened. The Gym is equipped with the usual assortment of high-end machines as well as three Pelotons and a computer system that allows users to take classes virtually. Treatment rooms, steam showers, and sauna complete the fitness area.
We toured three model units, each of which had a special appeal. Two had studies, both of which could be turned into guest bedrooms; one had a Murphy bed cleverly tucked behind sliding bookcase walls; and one had a kitchen separate from the large living/entertaining space, which is sure to appeal to the remaining traditionalists among us. Every unit has a patio or terrace, a wine cooler, and heated floors in the bathrooms.
After seeing the two “hotel” rooms available for residents’ guests, we were sold. Pets are allowed and they will be as content and pampered as their owners with a pet spa off the garage and the dog run on the side of the complex.
As of the first week in June, more than 70 percent of the units are sold. Weissman is pleased to tell you that his mother, a longtime Rye Neck resident, just bought one. He’s anxious to pamper her.
- Robin Jovanovich and Tom McDermott