Over-the-top condo amenities

The lingering effects of the recession haven’t hindered developers from adding ultra-luxurious perks to select condo buildings, where luxe is not simply a high standard, but a way of life.

If no less than unreal amenities are what you demand, these properties will make you feel right at home. From sipping drinks poolside on the Vegas Strip to surveying the bright lights of the NYC skyline from 90 stories up, pampering comes standard at these amazing properties.

High rolling

First up are the condos at City Center in Las Vegas: VDARA, Veer Towers and the Mandarin Oriental. You’ll feel like a high-rolling Vegas vacationer year-round because these condos, situated on the Las Vegas Strip, offer owners the same five-star amenities as their affiliated hotels, including full-service pools overlooking the Strip, 24-hour room service, concierge, nightly turndown service, valet parking, a community dog park and secured private residential elevators.

The price of luxury: Available condo units are currently listed from $430,000 to $2.395 million.

Only the finest

The name Ritz-Carlton is synonymous with high-end luxury and the pinnacle of five-star service. This is the case for The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. The Residences are situated on the upper floors of the hotel, and like the Vegas condo towers, every hotel amenity is at the fingertips of Ritz residents, including your own butler and twice-daily maid service.

The price of luxury: A 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath condo is currently listed for $1.879 million.

An elevator … for your car

Park your car right outside your door -- even if your home is on the 57th floor! Construction is slated to begin later this year on Porsche Design Tower, a Miami high-rise that promises the usual amenities you might expect from an exclusive high-end property -- private enclosed wine lockers for each unit, an oceanfront spa and virtual golf and car racing simulators, among others. But what will really set this property apart: Each condo will have its own car lift just outside the unit. So, you drive up, pull into the lift and you and your car are transported at a speed of 600 feet per minute to your private garage, which attaches to your waterfront condo residence.

The price of luxury: A 5-bedroom condo is currently listed for $3.9 million.

The view

Each of the properties mentioned so far have amazing views of their cities, but possibly the most valuable and sought-after amenity in the entire real estate world is a priceless view of Central Park in New York City. If that’s what you seek, then One57 is sure to deliver. In addition to a state-of-the-art fitness center, a performance room for concerts, a private side entrance, library, lounge and billiard room plus Park Hyatt hotel amenities, this 90-story condo building under construction in Manhattan will feature unequaled views of the park and the city, extending all the way to the outer boroughs.

The price of luxury: A 4-bedroom, 4-bath condo was listed in 2012 for $15.75 million.


Samantha (Sam) DeBianchi is a Realtor and founder of DeBianchi Real Estate. Her expert real estate advice and straightforward approach can be seen and heard on FOX Business. Always keeping it REAL, you can follow Sam online on Twitter and Facebook.

Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.

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