Posted on August 12, 2016 by Matt Pressman
Do Tesla owners make a building more appealing? Of course. It's no coincidence that Tesla Motors [NASDAQ: TSLA] named its first four vehicle models: S, ☰, X, Y — following its Roadster. Well, it turns out luxury buildings are looking to attract Tesla owners by offering electric vehicle charging and other perks. According to Mansion Global*, Tesla is the 'it' car and "luxury property developers are still banking on its [Tesla's] popularity, anticipating that electric cars could become commonplace among their buyers. Across the U.S., high-end residential buildings are including electric vehicle charging stations as amenities... that may appeal to those with a Model S parked in their garage."
Above: The Tesla Model S makes any building look stunning (Source: Tesla Motors)
Before we review these, I'm sure you're about to ask why cities in California aren't included. Well... with such a heavy concentration of Tesla Model S and electric vehicles in California, new buildings are starting to actually require electric vehicle charging there. That's not necessarily the case in other American cities. So, let's take a look at four American cities, outside of California, with luxury buildings that are working hard to attract Tesla owners. And, guess who's offering some of the biggest perks of all? Keep reading to find out...
One of the hottest neighborhoods in New York City, TriBeCa, is about to become more accommodating to Tesla owners. Yes, Robert De Niro calls TriBeCa home, but if you're a Model S owner, you might want to check out 70 Vestry: "Coming to the TriBeCa riverfront in 2018, the 46-unit condominium 70 Vestry will have eight EV charging stations, as well as a residents’ garage with an automated parking system. Amenities will include a squash court, a swimming pool, a children’s pool and two plunge pools."
Above: Rendering of 70 Vestry (Source: Mansion Global*)
Everyone know Brooklyn is the new Manhattan. After all, Tesla just opened its flagship New York store in Red Hook. Now Brooklynite Tesla owners have a great condo option too: "The days of fighting for parking in Brooklyn are (almost) over. At the condominium 610 Warren in Boerum Hill, residents will have access to a private parking garage with 10 EV charging stations. The seven-story building will have 31 residences. Completion is expected in the spring of 2017."
Above: Rendering of 610 Warren (Source: Mansion Global*)
And, Brooklyn isn't the only borough doing this, it's happening in Staten Island too: "Located on Staten Island’s North Shore, the 900-unit rental building Urby offers its residents a parking garage with 300 spaces and electric car chargers. Other green amenities include a 5,000-square-foot urban farm, a rooftop apiary with several beehives and a communal kitchen boasting a chef-in-residence."
Above: Rendering of Urby (Source: Mansion Global*)
Want to charge your Tesla Model S before your scenic drive around the Charles River, Newberry Street, and out to Fenway Park? "Perched above Boston’s newest Four Seasons hotel in the Back Bay, the Private Residences at One Dalton will have a 300-car garage that comes with a decadent twist—six EV charging stations operated by valet. When finished in 2018, One Dalton will be New England’s tallest residential building."
Above: Rendering of One Dalton (Source: Mansion Global*)
Hawaii is home to a massive, groundbreaking 52 MWh project with SolarCity and Tesla Energy. That project is in Kaua’i, but in Hawaii's bustling capital, Honolulu, there's another Tesla-friendly destination: "Developed by the Howard Hughes Corp., Ward Village is a 60-acre master planned community, home to the luxury residential towers Waiea and Anaha. Nick Vanderboom, senior vice president of development, said electric vehicle charging stations are a popular upgrade at both towers, and many buyers are selecting this option... To date, 50 [charging] stations are planned for Waiea and 26 for Anaha."
Above: Rendering of Ward Village (Source: Mansion Global*)
We know palm trees and sunshine are ubiquitous in this tropical paradise but what about Tesla-friendly buildings? "Developer Mast Capital is building 3900 Alton, an eight-story condominium in Miami Beach. Designed by Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, the 78-unit building will offer multiple electric vehicle, or EV, charging stations, as well as a 'Tesla house car' to chauffeur residents to and from the beach club at Nobu Hotel Miami Beach. And, yes, residents will have VIP access."
Above: Rendering of the Miami Beach condominium with its 'Tesla house car' at 3900 Alton which will offer electric vehicle charging stations (Source: Mansion Global*)
Why include chargers and a Tesla in the building? “When designing 3900 Alton, the team recognized our buyers’ profile was aligned with the rise in electric car ownership within the luxury sector,” said Camilo Miguel Jr., CEO and founder of Mast Capital. Mr. Miguel noted the inclusion of charging stations and a chauffeured Tesla complemented the building’s location in Mid-Beach, an area rife with shopping, dining and nightlife."
Above: 3900 Alton will be located in Miami’s Mid-Beach neighborhood. (Source: Mansion Global*)
And, the trend is spreading throughout the area: "In Miami’s South of Fifth neighborhood, the boutique condominium Louver House will offer six EV charging stations for its 12 residences, and on nearby Fisher Island, a private island community off Miami Beach, the ultra-luxe condo Palazzo del Sol offers wiring for electric car charging."
Above: Tesla Model S charging with HPWC (Source: Tesla Motors)
Okay... time to come clean. Since we're located here in South Florida, we have some hometown pride — especially considering that some of the biggest perks are right here on our home turf. How big? How about a free Tesla. Case in point: just north of Miami, the Aventura-Echo building was actually "offering a complimentary $69,000+ Tesla Model S with purchase of a penthouse... [but] the penthouses start off at cool $3 million, and work their way up to a whopping $15 million." And the Z Palm Beach condominium was also, "offering a complimentary Tesla Model S with each unit... [and] of course, charging stations for the new Tesla’s will also be available." Sure, their units start at $2.3 million, but, throwing in a free Tesla certainly doesn't hurt.
*Source: Mansion Global