By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter
Nov. 22, 2017: Ten years of perseverance despite delays, setbacks, and a change in developer have brought Villa BXV, the 54-unit condominium residence on Kensington Road, to reality. The first residents have begun to move into units in the community’s north building, while the final stages of construction proceed on the south building.
Developers Fareri and Associates of Greenwich, Connecticut, have built two four-story Mission-style condominium structures and a lobby building atop a 309-space, two-level parking garage. The center of the one-and-a-half story lobby between the two residential buildings lines up directly with the Christ Church spire. Although bound by the original approved design for the development, Fareri added a few new design features, such as a large window on the west side of the lobby.
“John Fareri is a visionary,” said Elise Platt, Villa BXV sales manager. “He sees things other developers don’t and he takes full advantage of the space available.”
One-, two-, and three-bedroom residence units, designed with open floor plans, range in size from 1,300 square feet to over 2,000 square feet and feature 9-foot ceilings and 8-foot-high windows.
Kitchen area of one of the units.
High-quality finishes, and lighting fixtures, along with Wolf appliances, are standard in all units. All ground floor residences have patios and some on the upper floors have balconies. Triple-glazed windows have been installed in units on the west side of the buildings to attenuate noise from Metro-North Railroad trains on tracks adjacent to the buildings.
Elise Platt (R), Villa BXV sales manager, with Marcia Lee, managing editor of MyhometownBronxville, in one of the units.
Common areas and amenities complement Villa BXV’s residential units. A 24-hour concierge is on duty in the lobby to welcome guests, provide security, and receive packages for residents. A large first-floor club room offers residents gathering, relaxation, and recreational space. The club room is appointed with sofas, a fireplace, and a large-screen television, as well as card tables and a baby grand player piano. A walk-in bar and catering kitchen provide facilities to host parties and receptions.
The courtyard showing seating areas.
The club room opens to a grand courtyard with a pavilion featuring seating areas and fire tables, barbecues, and a large-screen television.
The fitness center will be available to residents when the south building is complete.
The buildings are fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Barhite & Holzinger of Bronxville serves as onsite manager.
According to Elise Platt, one of every type of unit is still available.
Pictured at top: One of the Villa BXV units with an open-floor living room and private terrace.
Photos by N. Bower