By W.A. Muller

In the heart of Manhattan, amongst New York City's most iconic structures, developer Carmel Partners has delivered a condominium building that is meeting the city's extreme demand for smartly-planned residences.

Rising 31 stories with a shimmering glass façade, 325 LEX features 125 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences designed to maximize light, air, and views of The Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Freedom Tower, East River and Brooklyn Bridge. Floor-to-ceiling windows connect interiors with the sweeping cityscape, allowing residents to feel at one with the city, yet removed from the bustle.

Povero & Company, one of New York's most respected architecture and interior design firms, thoughtfully designed the interiors at 325 LEX. Each residence features five-and-a-half-inch wide walnut plank floors, polished chrome hardware, gallery-grade halogen recessed lighting, bright white quartz windowsills and year-round climate control. Style meets performance with custom kitchen cabinetry, quartz countertops and fully integrated stainless steel appliances from top manufacturers like Liebherr, Bertazzoni and Bosch. The aesthetic is as sophisticated as it is impressive, extending into spa-like bathrooms with Italian Calcutta marble, walnut cabinetry and rain showerheads.

The top of 325 LEX features two extraordinary full-floor penthouses with sweeping 360-degree views, soaring ceilings and generous private terraces. Windowed eat-in kitchens include double ovens and refrigerators, Wolf microwave drawers and Sub-Zero under-counter wine coolers. Expansive living rooms with a custom marble fireplace and access to a private terrace let residents bring the party inside or out.

Representative of Carmel Partners' meticulous attention to detail, the building features two passenger elevators with walnut paneling and Bianco Antico granite floors. Common corridors feature textured vinyl wall covering and custom-made wool Ulster carpeting.

An intimate lobby, attended 24 hours daily, is a welcoming retreat with a serene palette of materials to greet residents and their guests. The lifestyle and amenities focus on creating a balance of work and play, from a dynamic fitness center designed by The Wright Fit, to a landscaped roof terrace – perfect for entertaining – with wide open views that never let residents forget they're in the heart of one of the world's most dynamic cities.

Convenience is paramount at 325 LEX. Top-name restaurants, wine bars, and cafes are outside the door, and a jaunt uptown or downtown is never too far.

Additionally, the building is a commuter's dream. Bordering Murray Hill, it's a quick walk to Midtown's spires. And with a location just three blocks from Grand Central Terminal and FDR Drive, getting in, out and around the city couldn't be easier.

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