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Trend: Fitness centers with views in luxury developments

Sweat to fine art and landscapes with this new approach to fitness views
  • Fitness centers with a view provide an added amenity to apartment buildings.
  • Fifty Third & Eighth in Hell's Kitchen has sold 50 percent of more than 200 units.
  • Oceana Bal Harbour in Bal Harbour, Florida takes the next step and adds fine art to the view from its fitness room.

Beautiful irony is sweating profusely while running on a treadmill gazing upon Jeff Koons' tranquil Seated Ballerina statue with an oceanic horizon as the backdrop. Or pedaling a stationary bicycle to your heart's content in the middle of Hell's Kitchen -- the satisfaction of fatigue in the city that never sleeps. Some luxury developments are finding the value in fitness centers with a view, and the residents do, too. Sun fills the fitness center at Fifty Third & Eighth Take Fifty Third & Eighth, for example -- a newly renovated doorman rental building at 301 W. 53rd St. that decided the fitness center should truly be an amenity. "Especially in the city, we've come across so many places where the fitness room is shoved in the basement," said Jordan Feldman, associate in acquisitions at HFZ Capital Group, the company that recently took over the building. "It's marketed as an amenity, but when you get there it's a depressing place to work out." When the group t...