Living the High Life
A bird’s-eye view of five fab sky-high condos.
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Admit it: aren’t you just a tad curious about what all those high-rise condo homes look like inside, up close and personal? Come snoop along with us on a special house tour featuring a handful of alluring residences in the sky.
[Ilyasah Shabazz] Trump Plaza, New Rochelle
Author (Growing Up X), lecturer, and board member of the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Education Center founded in memory of her parents, Ilyasah Shabazz had been renting an apartment in New Rochelle for two years, when, in October 2007, she purchased a condo not far from her apartment for $770,000. A 1400-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath unit on the 24th floor of Trump Plaza, it features expansive views of the Long Island Sound. Shabazz was one of the first buyers in the 40-story, 181-unit building, whose amenities include an indoor swimming pool with outdoor sundeck, fitness club, playroom, and 24-hour doorman and concierge service. “When I come home, it makes me feel happy to walk in my front door,” she says.
Shabazz displays objets d’art collected on her travels—including copper plates from Cairo—on the wooden table located behind the off-white leather couch in her living room. Centered above the table is an original oil painting of Ugandan model Kiara Kabukuru by Los Angeles artist
The dining area is anchored by a round wood table with matching chairs from Stickley Audi in White Plains. “It was always an important tradition for my family to have a wooden dining room set,” Shabazz says. Centered above is a crystal flower chandelier. Also shown: Mount Vernon artist Milton Sherrill’s print depicting a bronze statue of an African woman hangs on the wall.
The study, Shabazz’s favorite room, features personal memorabilia including photographs of Shabazz with Maya Angelou, Mohammed Ali, and Coretta Scott King. The pair of art deco-inspired teal side chairs were a gift from her mother. Shabazz’s prayer rug from when she made Hajj—the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca—is also shown.
an engaging proposal
[Brian and Teresa Dortch] Riverview Club, Yonkers
After a year’s search, environmental compliance coordinator Brian Dortch and his then-girlfriend, shoe designer Teresa Izzo, came upon a 1970s-era rental building on the Yonkers waterfront that was being converted to condos. “We loved it right off the bat,” Dortch says. “It was like a resort on the river.” So, in May of 2008, Dortch closed on an 11th-floor, 900-square-foot, one-bedroom unit with views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline from every room; he paid $389,000 for the apartment (he paid $15,000 for an indoor parking spot). While his unit was still in contract, Brian brought Teresa over and, on their future balcony, he proposed. The 260-unit, 12-floor building has a pool, 24-hour concierge, on-site valet, club room, and fitness center. But the happy couple’s favorite spot? Their balcony.
In the living room, a leather couch sits below a pair of French café society-inspired prints. The couple particularly loves the views from this room’s balcony (not visible here). “The sunsets over the cliffs and the moonlight reflecting off the water are really beautiful,” Brian Dortch says.
An espresso-colored dining room table and chairs sit on a duplicate of the geometric area rug found in the living room.
The kitchen, outfitted with stainless-steel GE appliances, features Pedini oak cabinets, a freestanding black wood server, eggshell-colored granite countertops, porcelain tile floors, and modern track lighting.
Newlyweds Teresa and Brian Dortch—the couple wed on May 30—seated on a black leather couch in their living room.