Making Sense Of Life In The Sky

Real Estate Agent with Manhattan Miami Real Estate 40ME1055359

A while ago, I wrote an article about the benefits of living close to the ground, and how single-family mansions are becoming the new rage in New York. However, with these past months’ launch of the new ultra-luxury 117 West 57 and 217 West 57 Street super-tall tower, I thought I would write about all the benefits about having a place in the sky. The difference between life near the streets and a cloud palace can be broken down in the most primal of terms. Lifestyle, at its core, revolves around the five senses. In real estate, it revolves around three of those – hearing, sight, and smell.


First off, there is the sense of hearing. Construction crews can be noisy. The sounds of taxi horns, fire engines and ambulances, however, are faint from the 60th story of a luxury building. Trucks backing up late at night and rowdy revelers spilling out of nightclubs at 3:00 AM can hardly be heard from up above. In contrast, life near the street can be a cacophony of noisy cats, clanging cans, sirens, and honking horns.


Second, there is the sense of smell. While Manhattan may have a sterling reputation, it is not without its human truths. One of the problems of living near to the street is the proximity to unpleasant smells. Trash is picked up every day, and the streets are very clean, but you can’t ignore the fact that it sometimes emits a bad odor, regardless of how much you spent on your townhome.


Smell is rarely discussed in real estate, but it is the most important sense that the brain uses to determine if something is luxurious or not, something imparted to me by the head of the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Macau. A bad smell in an expensive home will make the experience anything but luxurious.


Then there is the sense of sight. What do you see when you look out the window of a second-story building? Another building! In Manhattan, the odds are high that you will see just a brick wall. Maybe a tree, but they are pretty scarce in Manhattan these days unless you are living at 15 CPW. When you are living on the 60th floor, you have more daylight and privacy (if you are above neighboring buildings). It can also be very entertaining to watch, day after day, the landscape below change with clouds rolling in and out. That multi-million view is simply priceless and in Miami Beach, an apartment at the newest Renzo Piano's Eighty Seven Park may be the best option for someone in the market for an oceanfront. 



How does it feel to be above it all?  They say that nothing tastes sweeter than success. For the self-made man or woman, it doesn’t get better than sitting above it all, knowing that you finally made it.


Warm regards,

Ricardo Mello

Manhattan Miami


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Comments (8)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I love my rural setting, but love the fact that so many people love this type of living

Dec 03, 2018 05:03 PM
Ricardo Mello

Thanks for stopping by William...;)

Dec 11, 2018 05:12 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Ricardo. This is excellent and well written as well. Right on.

Dec 04, 2018 06:49 AM
Ricardo Mello

Im happy you liked Sheila...;)

Dec 11, 2018 05:12 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Ricardo - this is certainly luxury and the views are great.  Nice lifestyle.

Dec 04, 2018 10:01 AM
Ricardo Mello

Thanks for stopping by Grant...;)

Dec 11, 2018 05:12 PM
Potranco Realty
Potranco Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Potranco Realty"

I've never been one for heights but you make it sound nice living above the busy hustle and bustle of streets below. Still don't like heights and takes a special kind of person to live above the clouds.... thanks for sharing.

Dec 05, 2018 03:39 AM
Ricardo Mello

Thank YOU for stopping by Bob...;)

Dec 11, 2018 05:13 PM
Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Phone Direct 240-506-2434 | 301-681-0550 office - Silver Spring, MD
Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR

Ricardo, Thanks for sharing your perspective on living in the sky. The luxury lifestyle would be appealing to many who want to live in the middle of everything but with the feeling of having some space.

Dec 10, 2018 12:53 PM
Ricardo Mello

Thanks YOU for stopping by Barbara...;)

Dec 11, 2018 05:13 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

I Ricardo- I can see where depending upon the view, living in the sky would be ideal What better way to see Biscayne Bay or Central Park!

Dec 10, 2018 05:42 PM
Ricardo Mello

Thanks for stopping by Kathy...;)

Dec 11, 2018 05:13 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ricardo, you do bring up many options to consider when you buy in Manhattan! 

Dec 17, 2018 07:34 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Ricardo,  I grew up in NY with the noise, the smells, and everything else.   If you don't know anything different, it doesn't bother you.  We were used to it. However, after living in south Florida for 24 years, I'm not sure I could live in NY anymore.  Btw, that's a fabulous picture of the city.


Jan 06, 2019 05:45 PM
Ricardo Mello

I agree with you Elyse. Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year...;)

Jan 08, 2019 05:12 AM