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The City Life

While a rare opportunity in a feted building rears its head in New York, in London, Miami and Berlin, new developments are the talk of the town

La Maison de Verre, New Jersey Photo: Christie's Real Estate
Gávea, Rio de Janeiro Photo: Christie's Real Estate
One Tower Bridge, London Photo: Berkeley Group
432 Park Avenue, New York Photo: Scott Frances for CIM Group and Macklowe Properties
St Edmund’s Terrace, London Image:
Lillie Square Garden Collection, London Photo: CAPCO / Lillie Square
Artisan, London Image: Dukelease
The Park Bel Air, Estate 2, Los Angeles Photo: Domvs London
Merano Residences, London Photo: Berkeley Group
The Hempel Collection, London Photo: The Hempel Collection
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach Image: Ritz Carlton
YOO, Berlin Image: Peach Property


La Maison de Verre, New Jersey. This six-bedroom mansion was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright acolyte Williams H Short as a homage to a mentor, with Wright’s devotion to a natural palette prevalent throughout. At the heart of the property is a sizeable dining room exquisitely lit by two dramatic Ingo Maurer ceiling fixtures. Available through


Gávea, Rio de Janeiro. The views of Rio from this five-bedroom property in the hillside enclave of Gávea are striking from any angle but particularly so from the terrace and swimming pool. A media room, wine cellar and sauna are among the other amenities of a villa that also has space for nine cars, a true luxury in this heaving metropolis. For more information visit


One Tower Bridge, London. Blessed with an exceptional location on the Thames, One Tower Bridge now boasts a show home featuring the best of British design, with interiors inspired by the likes of Paul Smith and Saville Row highlighting the potential of the development’s sumptuous apartments. For more information visit


432 Park Avenue, New York. Towering above the Big Apple and due to be the tallest residential skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere (at 426m tall), 432 Park Avenue will host 104 apartments all featuring 3.8m high ceilings and 3m by 3m windows, as well as private elevator landings. For more information see


St Edmund’s Terrace,  London. Glorying in the green surrounds of Primrose Hill, St Edmund’s is something of a novelty – a new-build in the revered North London area. Alongside 36 Squire and Partners designed apartments the property has landscaped courtyard gardens, a 20m natural stone-lined swimming pool and spa. For more information, visit


Lillie Square Garden Collection, London. In a famously crowded city, the Garden Collection in the Lillie Square development in Earl’s Court will provide a rarity in London: duplex apartments with private gardens created by designer and Chelsea Flower Show award-winner, Andy Sturgeon. For more information, see


Artisan, London. Spanning the upper floors of five terraced buildings right in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia, Artisan lives up to its name with its stand-out residences – three individually designed penthouses - each decorated in sweeping, spiral and floating styles. For more information visit


The Park Bel Air, Estate 2, Los Angeles. Offering calm away from the city, the first of a trio of planned properties located opposite the Hotel Bel Air, Estate 2 will boast a 5,295sq m residence with a full service spa providing sauna, steam room, massage and relaxation room. For more information see


Merano Residences, London. Designed by renowned architect Graham Stirk of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, this development featuring 40 private residences on the south side of the Thames offers stunning river views. The standout apartment is the three-bedroom penthouse with sizeable roof terrace (pictured). For more information see  


The Hempel Collection, London. The jewel in the crown of this major development, just north of Hyde Park, is the fifth-floor, four-bedroom penthouse London. Oak flooring, bronze ironmongery and Calacatta marble show standard of quality within, the view of the private garden, shows the beauty without. Available through


The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach. Scheduled for completion in 2016, the 111 condominium and 15 villa development on Miami's Mid-Beach benefits from a host of amenities, including three hectares of gardens, pools, entertainment spaces and 36 private boat dockages. Available through


YOO BERLIN. The German capital is an increasingly investment prospect attention, and YOO is doing more than most to raise its profile. Philippe Starck’s work on the interiors of the riverside development is getting rave reviews. For more information, see

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