Development Du Jour: 2280 FDB

Location: 2280 Frederick Douglass btwn West 122nd/123rd Streets
Size: 12 floors, 89 units
Prices: $365,000 to $1,889,000
Architect: GF55 Partners
Developer: RGS Holdings
Sales & Marketing: Halstead Property

There's been some chatter regarding whether or not the Harlem market has flattened out or just curled up and died, so it's perhaps not the best time to bring a brand new Harlem development to market. Still, we can't help but have a thing for 2280 FDB. It looks like it's trying to imitate an old Park Avenue co-op (not a bad thing), the pricing is not absurd, it has a vital 25-year 421-a tax abatement, the finishes have some classy touches (Sub-Zero and Miele make cameos), amenities include on-site parking and the whole boulevard is undergoing a social experiment of sorts (Starbucks and Aloft and many many more apartments TK). The units are cozy at 458-1,641 square feet, but you can always stretch your legs at nearby Morningside Park or on the communal roof deck. A slam dunk in the pre-panic era, but will Harlem take to her now?

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