The Best NYC Luxury Rental Buildings. And They're All No-Fee!

The PropertyClub Team
Mar 28th 2020
For many, living in a New York City penthouse is the ultimate dream. Here's our list of the best luxury rental buildings in NYC. To top it off, they're all no-fee apartments. So if you're looking for a luxurious apartment in the Big Apple and can afford it, read on to discover the best properties in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

New York, New York - so many people dream of living here, of making it big in the city. And of being able to afford to live out the dream of renting a penthouse or apartment in one of the most luxurious residential towers in NYC. 

The good news is that there are a lot of options to choose from these days. It’s easier to find luxury NYC apartments as developers keep churning out new state-of-the-art, amenity-rich towers across the five boroughs. These towers are growing taller and taller, which leads us to the bad news: rents for units in these buildings are equally high. That being said, although the rents are high, these properties are home to the most luxurious no fee rentals in NYC, with apartments that feature-top-of-the line finishes and stunning views of the New York City skyline.

If you’re one of the lucky ones who can afford to rent a luxury NYC penthouse, or if you just want to daydream about living in one of these buildings, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of the best luxury buildings in NYC below to find some details on each of these upscale developments.

Waterline Square | 400 West 61st Street

Waterline Square is located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and consists of three luxury residential towers built in 2019 that contain a mix of rentals and condos. One Waterline Square was designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects, Two Waterline Square by KPF, and Three Waterline Square by Rafael Viñoly Architects. The GID Development Group project features 226 affordable apartments, 263 condominiums, and 643 market-rate apartments for rent. 

One Hudson Yards | 530 West 30th Street

Completed in Chelsea in 2017, One Hudson Yards was developed by Related Companies and designed by Davis Brody Bond. The 33-floor tower at 530 West 30th Street offers 178 luxury apartments and is one of the best luxury buildings in Chelsea. Amenities are aplenty at the Midtown Manhattan tower, including stunning views of the Hudson River and the New York City skyline, a doorman, a fitness center, a parking garage, a rooftop deck, as well as a swimming pool. 

American Copper Buildings | 626 First Avenue

The 48-floor American Copper Buildings in Murray Hill were completed in 2017, developed by JDS Development and Largo, and designed by ShoP Architects. The project consists of two copper-clad residential towers connected by a sky bridge, the first of its kind to be built in the city in 80 years. The luxury tower features 761 units, with rents ranging from $3,000 to over $9,000 per month. Amenities include a fitness center, swimming pool, and a rooftop deck. 

Summit | 222 East 44th Street

The 42-story tower at 222 East 44th Street, dubbed Summit, was developed by BLDG Management and designed by Handel Architects. It was completed in 2018 and has 429 market-rate apartments, 109 of which are affordable. The Midtown East/Sutton Place tower offers tenants a plethora of amenities, including a fitness center, a swimming pool, a doorman, a parking garage, a rooftop deck, and even a golf simulator. 

The Encore | 175 West 60th Street

Located on the Upper West Side, just steps from Columbus Center, Lincoln Center, and Central Park, The Encore was developed by Glenwood in 2016, with a design by Stephen B Jacobs Group. The 48-story, 258-unit luxury tower has a lot to offer prospective tenants, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, a rooftop lap pool, a whirlpool spa, dry cleaning valet and maid services. Rents for units at the tower start around $4,600 per month. 

VIA 57 West | 625 West 57th Street

The Upper West Side tower dubbed VIA 57 West, also known as Tetrahedron, was completed in 2016 by The Durst Organization. The weirdly-shaped 34-story building was the first NYC project for Bjarke Ingels Group, and it offers a range of studio, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments. Monthly rates range from $6,000 to $10,000, and you'll enjoy the impressive river views, top-of-the-line interiors, terraces, and balconies. 

The Eugene | 435 West 31st Street

The Hudson Yards tower, known as The Eugene, was developed by Brookfield Properties and designed by renowned architects at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Completed in 2017, the 62-floor tower offers 844 units with interiors designed by RW Studio. Amenities include a wellness center, concierge, a pet spa, a basketball court and rock climbing wall, a 4,500-square-foot rooftop terrace, and much more. Rents range from $3,000 to over $9,500 per month. 

20 Broad Street

The luxury Financial District residential tower at 20 Broad Street was developed by Metroloft, boasting a design by architects at Cetra Ruddy. The units range from studios to three-bedrooms and feature upscale finishes, such as high ceilings, in-unit washers and dryers, a 24/7 concierge, a sky lounge, a rooftop terrace with views of Manhattan, a fitness center, a library, and a children’s playroom. Monthly rates range from $4,500 to $5,500. 

525W52 | 525 West 52nd Street

The 392-unit luxury tower designed by Handel Architects rising at 525 West 52nd Street in Hell’s Kitchen was completed in 2017. The 24-story building is conveniently close to Lincoln Center, Central Park, Columbus Circle, and the bustling Theatre District. Amenities at 52W52 include a doorman, a fitness center, a parking garage, a laundry room, a swimming pool, a rooftop deck, and a golf simulator. 

One Sixty Madison | 160 Madison Avenue

The 42-story, 318-unit luxury tower at 160 Madison Avenue in Murray Hill was developed by J.D. Carlisle Development and designed by SLCE architects. It was completed in 2015, boasting high-end, luxurious interiors by Philip Koether Architects. Amenities at One Sixty Madison include a fitness center, a rooftop deck, dedicated storage space, a doorman, a parking garage, and much more. 

The Max | 606 West 57th Street

The Max, named in honor of Max Elghanayan, was completed by TF Cornerstone in 2018 and features 1,028 luxury units with rents ranging from $4,000 to $7,500 per month. The 44-story building was designed by Arquitectonica and features a Tetris-inspired exterior. It’s one of the largest residential buildings in New York City at the moment, located in the bustling Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, just steps away from Lincoln Center and Time Warner Center. 

Hanley New York | 165 East 66th Street

Located on the Upper East Side at 165 East 66th Street, the Hanley New York was developed by Crescent Heights, and initially completed in 1957. The 21-story tower is now home to 150 luxury rental units, which charge monthly rates of up to $16,500 per month. The pet-friendly building offers amenities like a 24-hour fitness center, concierge, bicycle storage, an outdoor courtyard, an attached parking garage, all just steps from public transportation. 

70 Pine Street

Located in the prestigious Financial District of Manhattan, the 66-story tower at 70 Pine Street was originally built in 1932. The Art Deco building was designed by Clinton & Russell, Holton & George, and converted to luxury rentals by Rose Associates. The FiDi tower offers 644 units with rents ranging from $3,200 to $6,400 per month. Amenities include breathtaking views of the New York Harbor, a fitness and recreation center, and even a screening room in the tower’s historic bank vault. 

1214 Fifth Avenue

The 43-story Upper East Side tower at 1214 Fifth Avenue was completed in 2012, developed by Gotham and designed by SLCE Architects. The LEED-certified project is located on the Mount Sinai campus and features both medical/practice area space and 48 luxury rental units. The tower’s 10th floor offers amenities such as a gym, a swimming pool with a professional lifeguard, and a lounge area. Rents for units at the tower range from $4,000 to $15,000 per month. 

2 Gold Street 

The 51-story Financial District luxury tower known as 2 Gold Street, was completed in 2005. Developed by TF Cornerstone and designed by Avinash Malhotra Architects, the project consists of two connected glass towers, 2 Gold Street and 201 Pearl Street. Rents for the 650 luxury units range from $3,800 to $8,000 per month, while amenities include a fitness center, a doorman, a parking garage, a swimming pool, and a rooftop deck. 

300 Ashland Place

Developed by Two Trees, 300 Ashland Place is one of Brooklyn’s most exquisite luxury rental towers. It was completed in 2016 in the Fort Greene neighborhood, in the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District. Enrique Norten (TEN Arquitectos) and Ismael Levya Architects worked on the 35-story, 379-unit project alongside the developer. Amenities include a full-floor amenity suite featuring a resident lounge, 24-hour fitness center, and a rooftop terrace with a sundeck. The building is also home to 4 BAM Cinema theaters, a branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, and an Apple Store. 

The Ashland | 250 Ashland Place

The Ashland, located at 250 Ashland Place in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood, was completed in 2016, by a team led by Gotham and FXFOWLE architects. The 52-story tower is among the tallest in the borough, and features 586 luxury rentals, with rates ranging from $2,800 to $7,500. Amenities include a doorman, a parking garage, a fitness center, a laundry room, a rooftop deck, and interiors by SPAN Architects. 

420 Kent Avenue 

Located in Brooklyn’s popular Williamsburg neighborhood, 420 Kent Avenue was developed by Spitzer Enterprises and designed by ODA New York. The 22-story tower was completed in 2020 and offers 857 units, 20,000 square feet of restaurant space, over 25,000 square feet of indoor amenities, and more than 80,000 square feet of outdoor space. Amenities also include a 400-foot-long, landscaped riverside esplanade on the South Williamsburg waterfront. 

One Blue Slip

The 30-story luxury rental tower dubbed Brookfield Properties developed one Blue Slip in 2018. The building is part of Greenpoint Landing, a mixed-use development in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. The 359-unit project was designed by Handel Architects, with interiors envisioned by Gachot Studios. Amenities at the tower include floor-to-ceiling windows, stainless steel appliances, and Bosch washer/dryer in each unit. Furthermore, 90% of the apartments enjoy stunning water views. 

ARC | 30-02 39th Avenue

The 10-story, 428-unit Long Island City tower at 30-02 39th Avenue was completed in 2017. It was developed by Lightstone, and designed by Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel Architects, alongside Weintraub Diaz Landscape Architecture. The marketing slogan for the Queens project is ‘anti-cookiecutter-ism,’ highlighting that ARC goes against traditional designs and instead offers uniquely laid-out apartments, with a minimalist, yet upscale design. Amenities include a doorman, a fitness center, a swimming pool, and a rooftop deck.