350 Bleecker has become the desirable building in the townhouse section of the West Village. The only full-service building in this quadrant, it offers the amenities of a high-rise, while fitting in discreetly among the quintessential Village brownstones and brick buildings. A six-story building, with some 120 apartments (owners continue to buy adjacent apartments, which reduces building density and increases value), it has the most splendid roof garden one can imagine.
Not only is there an amazing, 360-degree view of Manhattan, the Hudson river, the Village, and beyond; but the flowers, bushes, and trees provide an oasis in the middle of city bustle. There are raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry bushes; prune and apricot trees, tomatoes; and an herb garden. The saying here is "the early neighbor gets the berry," as residents take their breakfast to the roof in the summer for fresh berries in the cereal.
Additionally, there is a card-operated laundry, with new machines; a new gym with state-of-the-art equipment, industrial a/c, stereo, TV; a bike room; locker storage; and a public garage with private access into the building for residents. The long-standing staff include a phenomenal live-in super; the weekly doorman, Armando (not to be confused with Armanda), who is on Monday to Friday, from 4pm to 11pm; and Geoff and Annes, who are on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am to 2am.
The neighborly feeling in the building is a tangible asset for all residents. The summer roof potlucks and the Christmas party are some of the occasions where residents gather, and the friendships of some residents date back more than 30 years.
Armanda Squadrilli, Senior Vice President with Prudential Douglas Elliman, came to 350 Bleecker in 1994. She was looking for an apartment for her mother, Renata, who fell in love with the building and the apartment. After closing, Renata lived there till she passed away in 1999. During that time she made close friends, and everyone loved her, and remember her to this day as a lovely and elegant lady.
When Armanda came to live at 350, the neighbors welcomed her. Even today, they still talk about Renata, and there is a bench in her memory under the trellis on the roof that was built for her by neighbors.
Armanda has been in real estate for 15 years, a top broker with a national firm for 13 years and now Senior Vice President with Prudential Douglas Elliman. She has been the "350 Bleecker Specialist" for many years. Squad (as she is known to friends and family) has done over 35 sales in the building, more than total sales by all other brokers combined, for a total of over $25 million in sales volume. She has set some 30 record sale and per-share prices, and kept apartment values ahead of the market price rises, to the level of trophy, white-glove, condo buildings. She also handles shareholder subleases.
As a top producer who lives in the building, she is the choice broker for many residents - based first on her track record, and second on her personal experience and clear love for her home. The conviction that this is the best place in which to live in the Village has helped Squad set and obtain excellent prices for owners, as well as bring wonderful - and lucky - people to live at 350 Bleecker.