T.The luxury hotel Fairmont Pittsburgh, located at 550 Market St., Downtown, sits on a triangular slice of a street corner that intersects Liberty and Fifth Avenues and also cuts a straight line of an arrow to another major triangle of the city: the fountain of Point State Park.
Plus, it’s no more than half a mile from Grant Street to the east or PNC Park across the Allegheny River. In fact, many of downtown’s most popular attractions are within a 5-minute walk of the Fairmont’s front door.
For Dr. Saurabh Sanon, the building’s location and amenities, which include concierge services and an acclaimed fl.2 restaurant, make it the perfect place to live. The cardiologist’s unit, 14C, is part of The Residences at the Fairmont. Located on the upper levels of the building, the condos sit atop the hotel’s 185 rooms.
“It’s great. It’s the nerve center of Downtown. The views speak for themselves: the fireworks, the crowds,” says Sanon. “I’m moving or I won’t leave.”
As the director of interventional cardiology research at the Center for Heart Valve Disease at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, time is a precious commodity for Sanon. He says the building offered all the amenities he needed to maximize his lifestyle, and it did so to the highest standards of luxury.
“I’ve always lived in the bigger cities,” he says. “The Fairmont Pittsburgh embodies a standard of international condominium living found in the best cities in the world.”
He listed the 14th floor condo for $ 1.45 million (MLS # 1557260, Racheallee Lacek, Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty, Piattsir.com). It is open by appointment.
Featuring an open-plan layout, the unit has two bedrooms and 2½ baths. Facing north, it offers panoramic views of the Allegheny River and PNC Park. It also has one of the most beautiful interior views of city buildings you will ever find, including the upper levels of Fifth Avenue Place; the facade of the building appears as a canvas in the unit’s 10-foot-high floor-to-ceiling windows.
After entering the white marble lobby, complemented by glass walls and spectacular views, elevators lead to the condo via a secure remote control with locked access. Inside are two large pillars with architectural round bulkheads that define the space and add interest to the carefully decorated seating areas.
The whole unit is wired with built-in speakers. Smart-home technology controls everything from lights, sound and audio to Lutron automatic blinds.
The kitchen is equipped with high-end appliances from Wolf / Sub Zero and AKSO. Black cabinets with a mix of slab doors and glass fronts create a modern vibe. To prevent the room from looking too cold there is a small support pillar painted a light earth green. There is also a peninsula with a cantilevered glass bar for guests.
The other side of the room features another retaining wall with bulkhead. This has been elegantly set up in a bar to one side, complete with a wine refrigerator and buffet for the dining room.
“It’s my favorite little seating area and overlooks PNC Park,” says Sanon.
The spacious bedrooms each have panoramic views and private bathrooms. The master bathroom has a double vanity, modern sconces, and a tiled backsplash wall. A separate soaking tub and a shower with a rainfall showerhead and a secondary showerhead complete the vignette. The attractive second bathroom has a tub / shower combination.
Sanon says the unit is equipped with many amenities, including access to the business center, an all-hour fitness center, and a spa. The building also has a doorman, concierge services, and 24-hour room service.
“I am greeted in the lobby every time I come home,” he says. “The collection and delivery service takes my car and my groceries and then delivers them to my house.”
The building is pet friendly, and the hotel once had one of the canine ambassadors the Fairmont brand is known for. Sanon adds that having a hotel adjacent to his home was another convenience.
“My family visits and stays in the building,” he says. “I leave my dry cleaning at the reception and come back to you. The concierge is wonderful and handles many things, from valet parking for my car to entertainment requests. ”
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Of: Center (downtownpittsburgh.com)
Population: 5.201 (Golden Triangle only)
Planes, trains and cars: A 25 minute ride to the airport. Daily transport by Port Authority bus. Ridesharing available. Street parking.
Schools: Public Schools of the City of Pittsburgh.
Neighborhoods: The heart of Pittsburgh, Downtown offers a variety of theaters, restaurants and bars. Point State Park and the Great Allegheny Passage Trail Head also run along the banks of the river. The number of residents in the city is growing, and opening a Target store this summer is expected to enhance the city’s residential appeal.