In high-end condos, the hot amenity is chic fireside communal spaces. And residents are getting fired up. Cozy is king in the frigid North where soothing fireplaces can redeem a day of Siberian frost—with or without marshmallows. Luxury developers are furnishing projects with ambient, flame-entrancing public spaces (lounges, lobbies and rooftops) where residents can read, drink, socialize or just chill—figuratively. As winter kicks in, here are 13 toasty fireside escapes from the polar vortex—each architecturally unique from traditional to modern, formal to informal, rooftop to cellar.

Projects include: 30 Park Place, 20 East End Avenue, 180 East 88th, One Dalton, Flair Tower, Oosten, Austin Nichols House, Sono East, 135 West 52nd Street, One Manhattan Square, 555Ten, Citizen 360 and AKA Sutton Place.

180 East 88th


In the coveted Upper East Side enclave of Carnegie Hill, this 48-residence luxury condominium (designed, developed, built and managed by DDG) transformed a potentially cold sitting area into a warm, intriguing communal space aided by a roaring fireplace and extraordinary vaulted cathedral ceilings. The space includes an enigmatic plaster wall installation (above the fireplace) by master German plaster artisan Jan Hooss, whose work is also featured in Provence, France’s Château Miraval—Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s one-time 1,200-acre estate.