Do you remember that old show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, hosted by Robin Leach? The show aired from 1984 to 1995, and featured the extravagant lifestyles of musicians, actors, athletes, and wealthy business personalities.
Today’s luxury apartments and condos remind me of some of the homes on that show. High rise luxury towers with two- or three-story lobbies lined with marble walls, a doorman, concierge service, valet parking, swimming pool, fitness center, movie screening rooms, game rooms, lounge areas, business centers, playrooms and playgrounds for the kids, and some even have a golf simulator. It’s like living in a mansion with a very large family.
The interior designs show the decorated apartments with stainless steel kitchen appliances, hardwood floors, custom cabinets and counter tops, floor to ceiling windows in the living rooms (with solar shades), oversized windows in the bedrooms, walk-in closets, bathrooms with full size tubs and shower stalls. Some of the apartments have more square footage than I have in my house.
I just wonder how some of the older celebrities would feel about living in a high rise luxury apartment complex. I found a list of celebrities that are either native Jersey City residents or transplanted themselves into the neighborhood after a long successful career in New York. The list is over 150 names long. One of the more famous names on the list is Frank Sinatra, who was living in an apartment at 137 Bergen Ave in Jersey City when his 2 children were born. Willie Banks, a former MLB pitcher was also born in Jersey City.
It is not uncommon for today’s celebrities to live the lifestyle that most people only dream of. However, with the increasing number of high rise residential towers in areas like Manhattan and Jersey City, it is becoming more common for regular people to find affordable luxury NY and NJ residences with private terraces overlooking the Hudson River.