- Aston Martin has already debuted Aston-branded luxury condos in Miami and Los Angeles, and now it's opening a limited number of freshly designed dwellings in a high-rise in Manhattan's Financial District.
- Each of the five Aston units comes with an Aston Martin DBX in chic black.
- But where to park it? No Manhattan parking space is included in the price—you will be able to fetch it from a train station in Connecticut.
What a bright and happy day it is in New York City. We're walking the Brooklyn Bridge with hundreds of people. Everyone has their arms down because the cyclists rocket past like they're in the autobahn's left lane. Their mouths are visible and wide open, inhaling sunlight, the exhaust fumes and wind blowing off the East River, the vendors pushing chili-dusted mangos and cold water for a dollar. The energy, the excitement: it's palpable again. Less than a year ago, what was the absolute worst place to live in America is returning, wounded still, to being the Greatest City on Earth.
The bridge traffic pours into Manhattan's Financial District, a quieter section that's always drawn smaller crowds. There's really nothing to do down here, and that's a good thing for the residents. We're here to see a high-rise apartment building designed in part with Aston Martin's trademark blessing. Because unlike the showoffs in Miami and Los Angeles, there's nothing more New York than spending tons of money without anyone knowing.
There are 242 condos on 66 floors at 130 William Street. Just five occupy two whole floors that will become the Aston Martin wing, all of them fully furnished with private balconies. We first came here to drive Aston's $80,000 racing simulator on the amenities floor, and now we're in the $11.5 million condo on the 60th floor, which is without a buyer some three years after the building broke ground.
Instead of floor-to-ceiling glass, there are arched windows like buildings of old and thick U-shaped concrete openings along the balconies. There are three bedrooms, three and a half baths, and more than 2400 square feet inside and another 600 or so outside. Compared to the highest-priced Aston residences in Miami, the Manhattan units are a steal.
Luxury real estate, after tanking during the peak of the pandemic, is apparently coming back. Mansion Global reported that in May, city dwellers signed 130 contracts on homes worth $4 million or more, nearly seven times greater than last year. Of course, hundreds of thousands of people have also moved out of New York, many never to return. But blocks away from Wall Street, 130 William's developers are appropriately bullish on the city's comeback.
Each of the five units comes with an Aston Martin DBX designed by the building's architect, David Adjaye, who after creating the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History can now rightfully call himself a starchitect. The car is all black like all the hallways. You don't get to choose the furniture—the condos are fully furnished with Aston Martin Home Collection pieces—or the car. You don't even get a garage spot, because city people in this income bracket love Uber. The DBX will be parked at a Connecticut train station for weekend jaunts.
New York City desperately needs tenants. Bloomberg estimates the COVID shutdowns, office downsizing, and the slow recovery have cut property tax revenue by $1.6 billion. Buy some mangos on the street or a condo 60 stories above. Either way, you're helping.