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Staying In to Work Out

The city's most tricked-out gyms might not have a velvet rope, but in order to gain access to them you do have to be on the list - the list of owners in the building, that is. These days, the address of the most to-the-max workout facilities happens to be ... your address. Today's luxury buildings offer on-site gyms with spa services, Pilates studios and the ability to watch your kids while you sweat.

"Other amenities are optional, but gyms are a bare necessity," says Jacky Teplitzky, a broker with Prudential Douglas Elliman. "The building might not have a doorman, but it has to have a gym." And no longer do the words "residential gym" mean a few stair climbers and a wrist-weight or two.

Consider the gym at 15 Broad St., the building known as Downtown by Philippe Starck, which opens next year. Among other luxuries, the building will offer a room for spinning, a bowling alley and his-and-hers steam rooms.

Some Starck apartments cost $1.7 million; if you're paying nearly four times that for your condo (like the owners at the Time Warner Center's coveted One Central Park Condominiums), you better have access to an Infinity pool.

To give you an idea of how competition has raised the Power Bar, we offer up our survey of the best residential gyms in the city. "The price of admission" is usually the cost of owning or renting in the building, since once you're there, the private gyms are free. One exception is the new Court House rental building in Brooklyn, which will be home to a massive, two-floor 40,000-square-foot YMCA that's open to the public.

And if you're not in the market for a new home/cardio floor? Maybe you can persuade your building to set aside a workout room. The Dunhill, at 401 E. 84th St., has a Cybex circuit, free weights and a water cooler in just 400 square feet.

The price of admission: Ownership at One Central Park comes at over $6 million for an average three-bedroom; at the Mandarin, it's over $9 million for the same.

The size of the space: One Central Park Club has 8,000 square feet of indoor amenity space and 3,000 square feet of outdoor terrace; there are 14,500 square feet of space at the Mandarin.

What'll wow you: Beyond the fitness equipment (in both buildings), the Mandarin Oriental features a 75-foot glass-enclosed Infinity pool available to owners in both buildings.

Downtown by Philippe Starck (15 Broad St.)

The price of admission: Units that are on the market average between $1.275 million and $4 million (two-bedrooms up to penthouses). A three-bedroom, three-bath unit, which totals 2,220 square feet, is about $1.9 million.

The size of the space: There's a 4,500-square-foot weight room; the gym is around 9,000 square feet total.

Opens: Early 2006

What'll wow you: The squash court; the half-court basketball court; the men's and women's steam rooms; the studio room for yoga, ballet, Pilates and spinning.

The indoor swimming pool (not to be confused with the fifth-floor outdoor reflecting pool) is located under two chandeliers. And did we mention the private bowling alley?

The Helena (57th Street and 11th Avenue)

The price of admission: The rental building's studios start at $1,800 a month; a two-bedroom can run you up to $5,000 a month.

The size of the space: 7,300 square feet

Opens: This summer

What'll wow you: Three whole floors of cardio, strength-training and athletic- training equipment, plus a Pilates room and a massage room. The middle floor has a children's room, which is visible from the Athletic Training Center.

One Carnegie Hill (215 E. 96th St.)

The price of admission: Units cost between $450,000 and $2.2 million.

The size of the space: 18,000 square feet, including both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Opens: Fall 2006

What'll wow you: The health club will feature a 50-foot skylit pool, exercise equipment by Technogym, an aerobics/yoga studio with sprung flooring, fully equipped Pilates room and a spa treatment room.

The Cielo (83rd Street and York Avenue)

The price of admission: Apartments go for between $700,000 and $5 million

The size of the space: 2,000 square feet

Opens: Spring 2006

What'll wow you: Besides the state-of-the-art equipment, the standout feature in this gym is the glass wall that separates it from the children's playroom, allowing you to watch your kids while you work out.



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