By Abby Tegnelia
As Manhattanites continue to move out of the city, and empty nesters long to right-size from larger homes to an easier way of life, the need for amenity-packed luxury apartments outside New York City has reached a crescendo. And The Selby, at press time scheduled for a late-summer grand opening, is poised to be the crème de la crème of the housing trend.
Not only does the French château-like Selby overlook Westbury’s rolling Eisenhower Park, but its focus on nature, serenity and access to fitness options merges wellness and luxury in a completely new way.
“Most apartments and amenity areas have views of Eisenhower Park, and the second-level pool features green landscaping,” says the project’s developer and The Beechwood Organization principal, Steven Dubb. “You don’t feel like you’re on an upper level of a building; it’s more of an organic extension of the park.”
In addition to the 75-foot pool deck (with an adjacent clubhouse), The Selby, home to 210 rental apartments and 27 long-stay executive suites, features an array of amenities that includes a yoga room for daily classes, two treatment rooms, an enormous gym and fitness center, a two-story “grand salon” library, a colorful children’s playroom, and a bar/lounge area that will host happy hours and other socials for residents. A 6,000-square-foot restaurant, spanning two stories and facing Eisenhower Park will be open to the public. Other additional amenity spaces include a business center, conference room, clubroom, catering kitchen, outdoor grilling areas and concierge services.
“We not only have the nicest apartments on Long Island,” says Dubb, “but we offer the nicest lifestyle on Long Island as well.”
Stepping into the majestic two-story lobby sets the stage for grand adventure. The necklace-like chandelier is a knockout, and two elegant marble staircases take your eye up the mezzanine as they curve up and around the check-in desk.
“The two-story windows look out into the open-air, landscaped courtyards, and also onto the park,” Dubb says. “Driving down Merrick Avenue at night, the lit chandelier looks spectacular through the second-story glass.”
The esteemed New York City-based firm Ismael Leyva Architects designed both the U-shaped building and the interior of the condominium-sized residences, which range from studios to three bedrooms plus den. In addition to park views, apartments offer balconies, Viking appliances, quartz countertops, plentiful windows and luxe finishes. The 27 executive suites feature the same amenities, and are fully furnished with custom-designed pieces. Only 25 miles from Manhattan, The Selby is in the heart of Nassau County near the Meadowbrook State Parkway, for an easy 35- to 45-minute drive into the city.