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Think of the possibilities if your session is only an elevator ride away
By Beckie Strum
It took Grammy-nominated band The Chainsmokers 30 minutes in a recording session to come up with the beat to double-platinum hit “Closer.”
An expert jury will decide just how brilliant the electronic-dance music duo’s quick work is on Sunday night at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, where The Chainsmokers are up for their first Grammy, for best new artist. Another upstart vying for the new artist title, Kanye-christened Chance the Rapper, completed most of his 14-track release “Coloring Book” in two months.
If these guys can strike pop-music gold in less time than it takes most people to do their taxes, then imagine the benefit, if you’re so inclined, of having a recording studio at your disposal 24 hours a day.
Luxury building developers, in the race to stand out from competitors, are hoping to capture a musical market by providing in-house music rooms and recording studios to accommodate artists hit by a spontaneous muse.
In honor of the Grammy Awards, being held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, here are a handful of residential developments equipped with musical amenities just one elevator trip away, and accessible day and night.
Panorama Tower, Miami
Number of units: 821 luxury rental units
Developer: Florida East Coast Realty
Building Type: Mixed-use rental, hotel and office
Opening Date: Fall 2017
When completed, this luxury mixed-use development on Brickell Avenue will be the tallest building in Miami, standing at 85 floors and 868 feet. The luxury rental portion is packed with five-star amenities, including what developers have dubbed the “Muse Room,” a space free to renters equipped for recording or simply jamming out at full blast. “The sound proof room is for live music sessions and recordings, writing your own music, collaborating with other musicians, creating your own music, etc.,” said a spokeswoman for the project. The building also boasts a lap pool plus a recreational pool with a restaurant, steam room and a cardio workout room with more than 100 exercise machines, so you can look just right when it’s time to accept your own Grammy.
Number of Units: 513 condos
Developer: One World Properties
Building Type: Apartments, penthouses and villas
Buyers at this 58-story Downtown Miami development, where prices for a two-bedroom start at around $1 million, will have their pick of recreational amenities, including an upper deck with a pool, tennis courts and a jogging path. But down on the ninth floor, a so-called “Jam Room” featuring a recording studio is nestled in the building’s Play Center. After jamming out, residents can share their tunes publicly at the building’s conservatory or relax in the outdoor bath gardens, according to amenities listed on the development’s website.
The Kent, New York City
Number of units: 83 apartments
Developer: Extell Development Group
Building Type: Condos
Opening Date: End of 2017
The Kent, an art deco 23-story condominium on the Upper East Side, is a much more understated building compared to Extell’s Billionaire’s row project One57. Nevertheless, there are some five-star amenities in the building, where the priciest available units cost around $8 million, tailored to a family-oriented clientele. One of them is an interactive play space called “Camp Kent,” designed like an animated forest. Another is the more sophisticated “Sound Lounge,” designed by Lenny Kravitz. The soundproof studio offers space to practice an instrument or host an intimate performance. The furniture can also be rearranged to turn the space into a movie theater or be moved out of the way for a raging dance party that won’t upset the neighbors. The Kravitz-designed studio makes one wonder whether a similar amenity will pop up at 75 Kenmore, an entire development by Mr. Kravitz in Nolita.
One Arlington, Chicago
Number of units: 214 upscale rentals
Developer: Stoneleigh Companies
Building Type: Rentals
Completion Date: 2015
As a rental development in Chicago’s northwest, these units are probably the most affordable on this list, running $4,000 per month for a two bedroom. The 13-story development is part of a larger Arlington Downs Development, slated to finish this year, which will include restaurants, retail and co-working spaces. The former Sheraton and Hilton hotels site still hosts five-star services, including a modest in-house recording studio. The music room is part of what developer Rick Cavanaugh referred to as the basement “man cave,” which also includes a poker table, billiards, a shuffleboard and golf simulator.