Solaria

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640 West 237th Street, New York City, NY

Solaria
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The Solaria in Riverdale
Building Information
Developer Arc Development LLC
Architect SLCE Architects
Number of Units 64
Number of Floors 19
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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640 West 237th Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit About ten transit options nearby
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R-7A
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The Solaria
The Solaria is located in the Riverdale area of The Bronx. In the early years of settlement in the area, Riverdale was a 19th-century estate district where many of Manhattan's wealthy business owners built their country estates. At the turn of the century, the arrival of railroad commuting enabled wealthy businessmen to make Riverdale their year-round residence. The Fieldston neighborhood, owned by a private association, is a particularly well preserved example of a turn-of-the century upper class suburb. The Hudson Hill neighborhood likewise retains many of its historic mansions. Riverdale's elite private schools and historic churches also reflect its posh history.

As the 20th century progressed, upscale apartment buildings and smaller houses were added to the neighborhood. To this day, Riverdale continues to maintain its character as an affluent haven in the city of New York. The rich history of Riverdale has led to the creation of the Riverdale Historic District.

Solaria features open layouts enhanced by full window walls that bathe the airy rooms in sunlight. A variety of one to three bedroom floor plans and layouts can cater to any taste with units having, for example, eat-in kitchens, separate dining rooms or open kitchens and dining areas. Every kitchen has a window with a view.

Solaria’s master bathrooms are chic and inviting with a full array of fixtures and in floor radiant-heat. Every bedroom was designed to have its own bathroom and most units also have a powder room as well ensuring that a wait for a bathroom is almost non existent, even for the largest of dinner parties.

Residents are able to enjoy the privacy of no more than four residences per floor.[1]

Location

Riverdale's Bell Tower Park
The Riverdale neighborhood in the northwest portion of the Bronx is nestled between wooded hills and the Hudson River, just minutes north of Manhattan. Riverdale contains the northernmost point in New York City. It is a residential community of estate homes, a landmarked neighborhood, and multi-family housing.

Residents enjoy the local shopping, spas, horseback riding, golf, tennis, hiking in nature preserves, fine dining, the well known Wave Hill with its gardens and art gallery, Riverdale Park piers for fishing and walking on the river front and local cultural events. Riverdale contains some of the finest public and private schools in the New York City area.[2]

Conveniently located with multiple transportation options at its doorstep, residents can both decompress when they get home and get to work or Broadway entertainment with ease. Solaria provides private shuttle transportation service for its residents into Manhattan as well.

Construction

The Solaria is a 19 story building built in the modernist style. It's glass facade rises to a height of 67.06 meters. The building was developed by Arc Development LLC and construction started in 2004 with completion in 2008 and at a cost of $56 million.

Arc Development LLC is a New York-based real estate company that acquires, develops, and builds properties primarily in urban areas. Arc’s team has decades of combined experience in real estate development. Collectively they have, in their separate capacities, developed over 4 million square feet of residential, commercial, hotel, retail and mixed-use projects.

Solaria was designed by SLCE Architects (Schuman Lichtenstein Claman & Efron). SLCE Architects specializes in designing both residential and commercial properties.[3]

Layout and Features

The Solaria is a high end building that befits its location in upscale Riverdale. Units feature high ceilings and the highest quality fixtures, finishes and appliances.

  • Apartments feature:

• Wood floors (hardwood)

• Floor-to-ceiling windows

• Balcony (some units)

  • Kitchens feature:

• Café Imperial granite counter top

• Italian Bianco Antico marble full height back splash

• Insinkerator whisper quiet garbage disposal

• Viking Designer Series paneled refrigerator

• Viking Professional Series stainless steel gas range

• Fisher & Paykel double-drawer paneled dishwasher

• Dacor stainless steel convection microwave

  • Some bathroom features include:

• Radiant heated floors

• Zuma deep soaking tub with stone deck

• Separate frame-less glass enclosed shower

• DaVinci faucets

• Marble floor with coordinating counter top

• Cherry wood vanity with under mount sink

• Porcher faucet

[4]

Floor Plans

The Solaria has 64 units in one, two and three bedroom configurations.

Amenities

Doorman (24-hour) Concierge Children's playroom/space Attended indoor parking Lounge State-of-the-art Fitness center Private observatory with telescope


Solaria Riverdale provides all the services expected for luxury living, including a 24-hour attended lobby, a concierge, full staff with resident manager and a private commuter shuttle. Other amenities include Solaria’s landscaped roof deck with Meade telescope observatory, lounge and entertainment center. Refrigerated storage at receptions is provided for your Fresh Direct, Fairway or Whole Foods orders.

Solaria’s state-of-the-art fitness center offers weight training, strength training, resistance training and isometric training equipment with individual television screens. Equipment includes Cybex treadmills, Octane elliptical machines, a true recumbent bike, a Paramount MP-2.0 Gym and a Hampton free weight system. The Solaria Lounge is complete with home theater system, Nintendo Wii, cozy seating and a 20 seating capacity dining area with a kitchen.

The Solaria is also particularly kid friendly with a dedicated children’s playroom and outdoor play area. The indoor children's playroom is designed and furnished by Pottery Barn Kids® and is kid-tested to provide hours of fun to Solaria Riverdale’s smaller residents. The outdoor play area is conveniently located in the building’s portico.

Residents can sun bathe on the landscaped roof deck or explore the stars in the observatory with the Meade LX200GPS telescope.

Getting into Manhattan is simple in the Solaria Commuter Shuttle. During peak morning and evening commuter times, the shuttle drops off and picks up Solaria residents at the local Metro North Spuyten Duyvil station and at 96th Street and Broadway the express stop of the #2 & #3 subway lines in Manhattan. Along Riverside Drive , it makes stops at the College of Physicians & Surgeons and Columbia University.

Residents also enjoy fast internet connections in their fully networked homes with two coaxial, a Category 5e, a Category 6 and Fios/fiber optics connections.

Bylaws

Solaria Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No



The Solaria is a pet friendly building, allows rentals and is particularly kid friendly with amenities specifically targeted to children.

Sustainability

While not billed as a "green building, the large expanses of glass were built with Viracon LowE Glass for energy efficiency. Residents can live a greener lifestyle by doing things such as switching to CFL or LED light bulbs for their homes, recycling as much waste as possible and by limiting the use of a car for their day to day needs.

Numerous shops, restaurants and cafes nearby mean that most day to day errands can be accomplished on foot. Easy availability of several transit options and car shares nearby mean that cars can be left in the garage or car ownership can be optional.

Trivia

  • The recently released Alexander Skarsgaard movie “Disconnect” was filmed in the building[5]
  • Riverdale is known for its relative lack of crime, having the lowest crime rate in the Bronx.[6]
  • Wave Hill, an 1836 estate once occupied by Mark Twain as well as Theodore Roosevelt, is now a cultural center and public garden.
  • The hills of Van Cortlandt Park, an area nearly twice the size of Central Park, were worn down 13,000 years ago by glaciers. The park is home to the Bronx’s largest freshwater lake.

References

  1. Streeteasy.com
  2. Wikipedia
  3. NY Bits
  4. Solaria Riverdale website
  5. NOMA Blogger
  6. NY Times


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