Inventor Of iPod Accessory Industry Lists Funky UWS Duplex Penthouse For $12.5 Million

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Jeff Grady pretty much invented the iPod accessory industry back in 2001. He sold his company, Digital Lifestyle Outfitters, for $100 million in 2007.

Now he’s selling his tricked-out Upper West Side duplex at Ariel East for $12.5 million (2628 Broadway, between 99th/100th).

The 4 BR, 3.5 BA penthouse includes 4,000 square feet spread out over two floors and features a rock & roll theme, techie customizations, unobstructed “helicopter” views, and a $500K chandelier.

The apartment, which officially hits the market next week, was recently featured in the New York Times. The article features a bunch of details about the apartment’s rock theme (the wallpaper in the downstairs powder room is a compendium of vintage Rolling Stone magazine covers) and customizations.

There’s also this note regarding the phenomenal 360 degree views:

The unusual duplex, No. 37/38, is at the pinnacle of Ariel East, the glass tower at 2628 Broadway near 100th Street. Ariel East and its chunky sister tower, Ariel West, preside as the neighborhood’s only bona fide skyscrapers. Because their installation on an otherwise low-rise horizon provoked a hue-and-cry from preservationists and traditionalists, they will never be replicated; revamped zoning regulations prohibit future towers in the area. That belated stricture provides upper-floor Ariel residents with a perk and guarantee rarely available in New York City: the views they buy are protected, as is their privacy, despite floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

Here’s the listing detail:

First time in resale history – the coveted Ariel East Penthouse. Approximately 4000 square feet of expansive entertaining space with floor to ceiling wrap around windows. 360 degrees of breathtaking helicopter views of the Hudson River, Central Park and the reservoir, unobstructed open city north to the George Washington Bridge and South unobstructed views past the Empire State Building and so much more.

Private Elevator landing opens into a double height entry with floor to ceiling windows to the Hudson River. Triple mint duplex with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms , central air, fireplace and corner terrace. There is a private Bosch laundry room and private storage bin as well.

Current owner is the father/creator of IPOD/IPHONE accessories. Therefore this penthouse is tricked out with and equipped with top of the line technology. There are hard wired Apple TVs w/ Apple WI-FI , TV Blu Ray Player with projector screen, Bose Lifestyle system, CAT 5 etc… The livingroom which doubles as a game room features a private billiard table, arcade style video game, and a wet bar with flat screen. There is also priceless original art custom to the unit that will stay including a famous Chihuly Chandelier. The well-known glass artist Chihuly is featured in more than two hundred museum collections worldwide and custom designed this for the space.

Phenomenal oversized chefs eat in kitchen features a huge picture window with breath taking views. Top of the line Viking appliances include professional six burner range, double baker ovens and wine fridge. There are beautiful honed granite slab counters with custom tile glass back splash, Water Works fixtures and fittings with an abundance of storage.

Luxurious bathrooms include marble floors, white glass tile, Kohler Tea for Two soaking tub and Water Works fixtures.

Built for entertaining the free flowing modern space includes an open flow from the 31×15 game room/living room through to the dining room, kitchen with island to the den all with dramatic wrap around windows featuring 360 degrees of rare once in a life time views. (zoning was changed so your views are protected ) The real highlight of this penthouse is the calm and serene views that makes you feel like you have an all access pass to New York like you never dreamed possible —-whether you are a rock star or just want to feel like one.

This Penthouse is located in Ariel East (99th & Bway) around the corner from the brand new Whole Foods shopping center and rumor has it …coming soon the beloved Hollywood heavy hitter adored Alamo Dinner Cinema (replacing the Metro Theatre). The Ariel is a luxurious full service boutique condominium (only 64 units) with incomparable amenities in all of Manhattan let alone the Upper West Side. Ariel East features a 24 hr fitness room , private screening movie room, grand piano, billiard room, playroom and more. Because of the relationship with its sister building Ariel West, you have access to twice the amenities of anywhere else in the city. Between the two buildings, you have access to a 4 lane lap pool, treadmills, cycling, free weights, studio , trainers, nutritionists, there are multiple play areas inside and out including a basketball court. Near the best restaurants , transportation and shopping.

The apartment is offered by Halstead Property. In addition to the $12.5 million asking price, common charges run $5,155/month ($61,860/year). Annual real estate taxes are $21,984.

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