BY MICHAEL STAHL
“Though the neighborhood has become a bit commercialized, it still has that small-town feel and a cache that I’m proud of,” Urgo, a Forest Hills native said. Her firm has been tapped to springboard sales of brand new luxury apartments in the Aston building, located at 108-20 71st Ave. in the heart of the community.
Urgo views the Aston as more of a passion project than just a property she needs to promote.
“It’s special to me. When I’m working on it, I always feel like I’m back home,” shae explained.
Considering the modernity and elegance of the project, unmatched by few, if any, other buildings in Queens, there are plenty of reasons to want to feel at home there.
Developed by Cord Meyer, a company with a rich Forest Hills real estate history, and designed by Anthony Morali of MStudio Architecture, the 16-story condo is a glassy homage to art deco with a futuristic, geometric façade and jutting terraces. With its entrance located on a residential street, as opposed to the commercially driven Queens Boulevard, there are 97 apartments inside the building. Most are one- and two-bedroom flats, but the developers were sure to include a handful of three-bedroom homes that are more appealing to families as well.
“We’ve had buyers of all kinds,” Urgo said. “Most of them have existing ties to the neighborhood, but also want to enjoy a luxury lifestyle in a well-serviced building.”
Each apartment features hardwood walnut flooring throughout, recessed lighting fixtures, nine-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. Floor plans reveal smart layouts, including open and spacious living/dining areas waiting to be uniquely decorated and furnished. There are Bosch washer/dryer units in the homes as well, along with gourmet kitchens with custom walnut cabinetry, granite countertops with glass tile backsplash, Kohler undermounted stainless-steel sinks and brushed nickel faucets and state-of-the-art stainless-steel appliances from G.E.
The spa-like master bathrooms have exquisite Emperador Dark tile flooring and milk glass countertops, while the secondary bathrooms contain cream marfil walls, flooring and countertops.
There are custom walnut vanities in all the bathrooms, along with Kohler sinks and faucets and Astrus black tile flooring in the powder rooms. Some available apartments have balconies or terraces too.
The Manhattan-ésque building amenities include a 24-hour attended lobby and lounge area, private fitness center, on-site parking, and a common, landscaped roof garden terrace with a barbecue and bar pergola, perfect for entertaining and taking in city sunset views. There are also excellent sightlines to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the Throgs Neck Bridge and the Long Island Sound.
“The people at Cord Meyer are the neighborhood’s best advocate,” Urgo said, explaining why they scooped up the Forest Hills lot when it became available. “They have a major commitment to the area. Plus, it’s just prime real estate.”
Construction began in June 2012 and move-ins are finally set to commence sometime in Aprilan announcement that is certainly generating excitement among the building’s buyers, of which there are already plenty.
“We were expecting a home run,” Urgo said about the prospective sales at the Aston, “but the demand exceeded our expectations. It’s been incredible.”
She believes that, even though the prices of the apartments might appear high to some long-time Queens residents, the condos ultimately come at a great value. One-bedroom units range from $705,000 to $750,000. Two-bedroom apartments run between $995,000 and $1.3 million, while penthouse homes on the 18th floor cost upwards of $1.71 million.
“There’s quick transportation to the city close by,” Urgo says, “and Austin Street and all its shops and dining is just around the corner. There are great schools in the neighborhood and there’s no co-op board. Condo ownership is very attractive.”
All of this helped the Marketing Directors sell 74 percent of the Aston’s apartments in the first four months of their availability.
“The luxury market has really arrived in Queens, and everyone involved with The Aston project is incredibly pleased to be a part of it,” Urgo said.
For more information on available apartments in the building, contact the Marketing Directors’ sales office at (718) 268-0822 or visit them at 108-18 Queens Blvd. on the 9th floor.