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Luxury Sales Center Inspires New York Property Buyers

"A sales center is a sales center is a sales center," goes the old adage. But when the sales center happens to be the one recently unveiled to introduce the luxury residences at 2056 Fifth Avenue, it's a horse of an entirely different color.

Located on the 2nd floor of the former Rhapsody Beaux Arts building at 5th Avenue and 127th Street in historic Harlem, the spectacular fully-furnished on-site sales center and model offers a unique look at how 2056 Fifth Avenue successfully blends the convenience of modern condominium living in a historic building styled after the fashionable brownstones of New York City.

"The opening of our sales and model center is significant because it allows visitors to see how we've combined old with new to create a housing opportunity this area has never before seen," notes Jessica Armstead, Vice President/Associate Broker for The Corcoran Group, the exclusive sales and marketing firm for 2056 Fifth Avenue.

"They can experience the old world Rhapsody mystique and the ultra-luxurious lifestyle produced by the floorplans, amenities and features available here."

To create its unique living environment, AFC Realty Capital has carefully maintained the building's brick and limestone exterior facades to sustain one of the most beautifully detailed structures remaining in New York City today. Inside, a complete rehabilitation will create luxurious condominium spaces lined with the latest in fine appointments and upscale amenities.

The sales center and model at 2056 Fifth Avenue debuts with 50% of its 22 condominium homes already sold. The stunning collection of homes is currently priced from $890,000 to $1.575 million for the incredible penthouse homes -- a phenomenal value in today's marketplace.

The building offers garden, duplex and penthouse homes each boasting unique design features which separate them from comparable Manhattan residences, indicates Mrs. Armstead.

For example, located on the top floor of 2056 Fifth Avenue, the penthouse homes boast large, floor-to-ceiling windows -- easily blending the charm of the historic Harlem surroundings with the allure of their modern and well-appointed interiors -- and an abundance of outdoor space to provide exceptionally dramatic views stretching from Yankee Stadium to the George Washington Bridge.

Lavish penthouse interiors are highlighted by kitchens featuring cherry cabinetry with glass accented doors, Franke stainless steel undermount sinks, stainless steel appliances and side-by-side glass sinks, Bosch dishwasher, Miele gas cooktop and oven and Liebherr refrigerator and elegant living rooms with fireplace. One of the penthouse homes features a unique windowed hallway that acts as a bridge leading from the living room to the bedrooms.

"The spacious one-and two-bedroom duplex and garden residences are also a rare find," Mrs. Armstead says. "The two-story duplex homes are perfect for sophisticated buyers who want the benefits of townhome-style living in a maintenance-free environment.

"The garden home has had great appeal thanks to its separate entrance and private garden with direct access to the private landscaped courtyard."

All homes at 2056 Fifth Avenue boast luxury features including bamboo floors, oversized windows, airy rooms, soaring ceilings, kitchens and baths with wood, glass and stone and home washers and dryers. Master baths boast a separate glass enclosed shower and bath, side-by-side glass sinks, Kohler fixtures and custom-made cabinets for added storage. Some residences also have balconies and fireplaces.

The building features a vaulted lobby, well-equipped fitness room, high-tech security, bike room, residents-only landscaped courtyard and Fresh Direct cold storage.

The building at 2056 Fifth Avenue began life in the 1920s as a meeting hall serving Harlem's then-extensive Finnish community. The beautifully-detailed structure has had a diverse array of uses throughout its history -- for the past four decades as a sanctuary for the Gospel Temple Church.

Within walking distance, residents will find the most diverse public transportation alternatives in the city such as MetroNorth train service, MTA buses and the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 subway lines. Recreational opportunities also abound in nearby Marcus Garvey Park and Central Park. 2056 Fifth Avenue is also at the epicenter of the new Harlem renaissance, with major development initiatives all around.

"The character of the neighborhood is reflected in 2056 Fifth and how the developer took care to make sure that the building blended in with the other aspects of the storied neighborhood," notes Mrs. Armstead. "The nearby East River Plaza will add 485,000 square feet of retail space and several other residential and commercial endeavors are planned. It is an ideal setting for a small group of distinctive homes with all the charm and elegance of classic city living."

For more information about 2056 Fifth Avenue, please contact Jessica Armstead or Brian Armstead at The Corcoran Group at 212-828-5556 or visit

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