The most recent addition to Stamford’s Harbor Level is Escape from New York
“Escape from New York, the 1981 cult film, has gained prominence in the Covid era as thousands of New Yorkers moved to Fairfield and Westchester counties.
The title is inadvertently reproduced with the opening of Escape, the newest luxury residential building in Stamford’s Harbor Point. The pre-letting of the 435-unit complex at 880 Pacific St. has already started. The expected occupancy is expected on February 1st.
The Escape name is intended to evoke what Ted Ferrarone, co-president of developer Building and Land Technology, told the Business Journal, “the streamlined elegance of the most sophisticated superyachts with resort-style amenities and flexible indoor and outdoor lifestyles. Escape is a bespoke luxury residential building carefully designed so that you can give up your vigilance and live a life full of creativity and quality experiences. “
According to Ferrarone, BLT has “absolutely” seen a significant increase in Harbor Point requests from New York City since the pandemic began. Before Covid, New Yorkers made up 15% of all new rentals, while those residents made up 35% of all new rentals last summer and fall. During the summer, BLT more than doubled its historic leasing volume in Harbor Point. About one in three new residents came from New York City, he said.
In addition, at the Allure – Escape’s sister property, which opened in 2019, Ferrarone said, “We rented in record time and saw about double the demand from New Yorkers that we saw in other Harbor Point buildings.
“We are also seeing increasing demand from downsizers and empty nests selling their homes and using the surrounding area to live, work, play in Harbor Point,” he said.
The new complex offers one to three bedroom apartments and four bedroom penthouses ranging from 701 to 4,455 square feet with water views. Apartments include floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden floorboards, Silestone countertops, and full-size stainless steel appliances. Additional amenities include a fitness center, pool, screening room, and air-conditioned wine tasting room with private bottle storage, as well as a game room, café, fireplace lounges, basketball, pickleball, and shuffleboard courts.
BLT started promoting Escape on November 1st and now has around 700 people on the waiting list. Virtual tours started on January 2nd.
With the new building, BLT has completed more than 4,000 homes in Stamford’s South End, welcomed nearly 30 neighborhood retailers and restaurants, and created more than two miles of public access to the water and 20 acres of new public parks.
“We have seen strong demand for Harbor Point apartments since we put our first building online over a decade ago,” said Ferrarone. “The waterfront has always been an attractive feature to our tenants, and now that most people spend more time at home, we are seeing even greater demand for waterfront residences.”
In addition to saying that Harbor Point properties are self-selling, Ferrarone added, “The location, world-class amenities and attractiveness for the people to live, work and play in the Harbor Point community certainly help in these efforts, but of course all of the building has its own personality and marketing campaign, all of which are part of the Harbor Point ecosystem. “
Looking ahead, Ferrarone said that BLT has two more homes under construction on the Stamford coast and is in the middle of building Charter Communications’ new headquarters for Charter Communications. It was also at the opening of Sema4’s new 70,000 square foot clinical laboratory at 62 Southfield Ave. involved in December.