RockFarmer Properties put the same emphasis on weaving landscaping into the center of its new constructing, the Rowan, a 46-unit condominium at 21-21 thirty first Avenue in Astoria, Queens, designed by the structure agency DXA Studio, with the horticultural designer Patrick Cullina. There, residents returning residence will move via a street-side backyard to a green-roofed, glass-walled foyer with a non-public courtyard backyard. About half of the residences have non-public outside house, and about half of these outside areas are sizable, stated John Petras, a founding father of RockFarmer Properties — “wherever from 500 to, in some instances, 1,500 sq. ft.”
When the pandemic caught quickly after gross sales began final yr, the builders fearful. “However after a couple of month, I used to be simply shocked,” Mr. Petras stated. “We have been promoting models each week.” He attributed the exercise to the mission’s give attention to outside house and nature, in addition to its location and the corporate’s early adoption of digital showings.
Greater than 80 % of the constructing’s models are actually in contract (models presently out there are priced from $789,000 to $2.549 million), as are all 5 of its rooftop cabanas, priced at $65,000 every.
“Final July, in the midst of all this, we truly raised costs on about 15 of our models,” Mr. Petras stated, whereas different builders have been providing reductions.
He’s now within the early phases of planning the Rowan’s second part, which is able to contain a bigger constructing with extra models, and he’s considering a couple of strategic modifications.
“We’re going to look to include outside house, if not in each unit, in virtually each unit,” he stated. “We’re going to attempt to incorporate plenty of what we name ‘particular’ outside house, the place it’s 500 to 800 sq. ft. We’re going to look to panorama these at a excessive degree, as a substitute of leaving it as much as the customer.”
All of that can value extra, he stated, however he’s sure the funding will repay: “Any kind of out of doors house, even when it’s a small little terrace, is extra vital at this time than it was 18 months in the past.”