Living the High Life
A bird’s-eye view of five fab sky-high condos.
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[Caitlin and Jason] The Residences at Ritz-Carlton, White Plains
In late fall of 2007, with plans to marry the following year, Caitlin, an attorney with White Plains law firm Ciaramella & Scheir, LLP, and her then fiancé, Jason, decided to look for their first home. The following January, they purchased a 1450-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath unit on the 20th floor of the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester. The 400-residence property, which consists of two 44-story glass towers (the tallest in Westchester) offers such amenities as a 5000-square-foot spa, indoor pool, fitness center, and maid service. “We are always excited to go home because it always feels so comfortable and luxurious,” says Caitlin. “And it’s nice to have the option of walking downstairs for a drink.”
The kitchen features hardwood floors, dark wood custom cabinets, a light green glass-tile backsplash, cream-colored granite countertops, and Viking kitchen appliances. The pair of brown wood and leather stools at the center island is from Pier 1 Imports and the frosted glass and brown metal pendant lights are from Hi-Light Decorating, Inc., in Yonkers.
The living room features a chocolate-brown leather nailhead couch with built-in chaise from Montaage Furniture in Hartsdale, a glass and distressed metal coffee table, and a Thomas O’Brien rug from Safavieh Home Furnishings in Hartsdale. The glass and nickel beverage cart and beveled-glass mirror are both from Restoration Hardware. But, says Caitlin, the best feature is “the perfect center view of the sunset” from its nine-foot-high, floor-to-ceiling windows.
The couple in their dining area with its round glass table and dark wood chairs upholstered in light blue chamois from Safavieh Home Furnishings in Hartsdale.
[Sue and Elliott Solomon, MD] Westage Towers (West Building), White Plains
Sue and Elliott Solomon, MD, a retired physician and current president of health care company Health Extras, LLC, were spending increasing amounts of time in Florida—so they decided to trade in their Rye Brook home for a condo. In October 2001, they paid $385,000 for a 1480-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath apartment (comparable units currently are on the market for $600,000-plus). Their penthouse apartment sits on the top floor of the West Building of Westage Towers, a pair of high-rises built in the 1980s and since refurbished. The Solomons moved into their new home after completing a 10-month gut renovation. “I think this is the greatest condo building in White Plains,” Sue Solomon says. “I’ve seen City Place and the Ritz, and they just don’t build them like this anymore.” Amenities include a private entrance with guardhouse, outdoor pool, and exercise room.
Elliott Solomon’s home office features Stark carpeting, grasscloth wall covering, and a newly reupholstered 40-year-old sofa. The plaid throw pillows and window treatments are by Eva’s Design and Decorating in White Plains.
The master bedroom is done in a fresh-looking grass-green and bright coral color scheme. All fabrics on the window treatments and bed, with the exception of the tufted headboard, were custom-designed by Eva’s Design and Decorating in White Plains. Other furnishings include floral-patterned Stark carpeting and, between the pair of chairs, a hexagonal accent table (circa early 1940s) from Sue Solomon’s childhood home.
“When we sit here, we feel like we’re living in a house,” says Sue Solomon of the couple’s living room. Furnishings include two peach-colored club chairs and a coral couch, an Aubusson-like floral rug by Harmony, and a floral-patterned valance and matching throw pillows from Eva’s Design and Decorating in White Plains. The brass and glass coffee table from their former home was outfitted with a new piece of glass three times larger than its previous one.
trump trumps all for one native son
[Fred Mastroianni] Trump Tower at City Center, White Plains
Purchase native and one-time White Plains renter Fred Mastroianni, owner of Elemental Design Concepts, a furniture and design showroom in White Plains, was living in an Old Greenwich townhouse when he learned that Trump was coming to town. “Trump is like the ultimate in luxury condo living,” he says, “so it was a good reason to move back to White Plains.” He purchased a 2230-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath residence for $1,255,000, moving into it in December 2005. Located on the 28th floor of the 212-unit, 35-story high-rise, his condo features spectacular views of both the Long Island Sound and Manhattan and dark Santos mahogany wood floors throughout. The building offers indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, and a rooftop deck with jogging trail, as well as tennis, basketball, and Bocce courts. “I like walking out my front door and being at City Center. It’s really cool having a Target as your basement,” says Mastroianni.
A dark wenge wood Caligari dining table set imported from Italy sits on a geometric-patterned rug from ABC Carpet & Home. The stunning Italian crystal chandelier features orange colored pendants. A red Philippe Starck chair sits between the dining and living areas.
The TV room features a wall of nine-foot-high, floor-to ceiling windows and a door leading to a Juliet balcony. A unique oval glass table with gear-like base from Reflex Angelo of Italy sits before an Ultrasuede couch and matching chair-and-a-half with ottoman by Maurice Villency. The black, gray, and beige Tibetan-inspired rug is from Bloomingdale’s.
Mastroianni in his contemporary-styled living room with Venetian plaster walls, a sleek chenille Mos sectional sofa, a low Asian-inspired wooden coffee table, and a cowhide rug from ABC Carpet & Home.
Photography by Michael Polito