Trendy New York-style living is to be introduced to Century City at the Manhattan, a R140m tower block of apartments to be built on a prime water-fronting site across the Grand Canal from Canal Walk by the Rabie Property Group.
Set over basement parking and ground level shops providing convenience retailing and a “neighbourhood” restaurant, the Manhattan, will offer a total of 99 studio, one and two bedroom apartments and will have the look and feel of an Upper West End apartment block.
It is to be very strategically located between the award-winning Island Club and Knights Bridge developments and is the last remaining residential opportunity on Century City’s Grand Canal.
The modern, cutting-edge design of the building embraces clean lines, contours and bold, simple structural elements to add variation and interest. A clever combination of facebrick, plastering and steel with the amount of glazing utilized being increased with height drawing the eye upwards, will add to the aesthetics.
As with many New York apartment blocks, life will be taken to the top, literally. Entertainment facilities where residents can meet, sip cocktails, lounge in the Jacuzzi or have a barbecue while enjoying the spectacular mountain and sea views will be provided on the roof.
Security is of prime importance and will be reinforced by a single, iconic entrance. With a doorman in 24-hour attendance, the recessed entrance into the foyer and lift lobby will also form a focal point of the Manhattan and residents will be able to access the restaurant directly from the entrance foyer.
Purchasers will have a wide choice of studio, one and two bedroom apartments, many with balconies or terraces and offering water and/or mountain and sea views.
Apartments are priced from around R750 000 through to R2,75m for the top of the range, two bedroom, two bathroom duplex apartments and a super-luxury, pinnacle one-bedroom penthouse with solid glazing and 360-degree mountain and sea views.
Secure undercover parking bays will be provided for the apartment. In addition to the tower block, The Manhattan will also comprise a free-standing annex of 17 apartments in three-storey, wharfside walk-ups fronting on to the street and the canal and accessed via a private ambulatory. These will comprise raised ground-floor apartments with patios overlooking the canal and private courtyards at the back which will be topped by duplex apartments with magnificent waterfront views.