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Billionaires are snapping up condos in Manhattan's One57 development – sight unseen.

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Two of the condos at One57 were sold last year for roughly $90-million (U.S.) each. Architect’s rendering shows a view of Central Park from the 86th floor.

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Jeffrey Dvorett, vice-president of development for Extell Development, stands in front of a scale model of Manhattan featuring One57. The development will be the tallest residential building in the city and has emerged as a magnet for billionaires, who are snapping up apartments there – sight unseen – at record-breaking prices.

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Potential buyers can watch a brief film about the design of One57 in the company’s sales office.

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The building was designed by French architect Christian de Portzamparc.

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A view of One57 (the tallest building in the skyline, above) as it will look from the opposite end of Central Park.

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The building, situated in the Plaza District, is more than 1,000 feet (305 metres) high. The condos offer spectacular views of Manhattan through walls of glass.

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Jeannie Woodberry, senior sales executive for One57, explains the kitchen layout of a typical condo. The cabinets have been created by English ‘bespoke’ company Smallbone of Devizes.

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Building amenities include a catering kitchen, screen room, yoga studio, indoor swimming pool and pet washroom.

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The master bathrooms feature marble fixtures.

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The building’s library includes a billiards table and 24-foot (7.3-metre) aquarium.

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One57 – the tallest building, centre – as seen from Central Park.

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A night view of One57, centre, depicted in an architect’s rendering.

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