The Millennium Tower in San Francisco offers three different residential living experiences to prospective buyers:
- The Millennium City Residences are in the 11 story building next to the main tower
- The Millenium Residences are on floors 3 – 25 of the tower
- The Millennium Grand Residences begin on the 26th floor and go to the penthouse levels.
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Each “community” has its own homeowner’s association, concierge, lobby, and set of default finishes. All have access to the shared building amenities like the owner’s lounge, fitness studios (pilates, yoga, etc. bring your own trainer), salt-water lap pool, fitness center, outdoor decks, kid’s play area, and wine lockers.
The city residences are on the east side of the Millennium Tower, and tend to offer a more “bohemian” or “new york loft” style living experience (although how many bohemians could afford a $1.2 million 1+ bedroom condo is open for debate).
What do we like about the City Residences?
I really liked the bathroom. A lot. I’m a sucker for a free-standing tub, and the light, finishes and fixtures gave the bathroom an incredibly luxurious and inviting feel. I also liked the open layout and floor-plan. Given that everyone migrates to the kitchen anytime you have a party, this layout makes a lot of sense for entertaining. If you want a home office that is tucked out of sight, the 04 floor-plan also make a lot of sense.
On the downside?
Price is the tough-to-swallow part, even for San Francisco. Which isn’t to say that they aren’t luxurious, nicely done, and perhaps worth every penny. But you’ll pay top-dollar for the privilege of living in this luxury condo. All of the city residences are on the east side of the main tower, so you will also forgo any hope of direct afternoon sun in these homes. Which may or may not bother you, but is something to be aware of.
Of the three residence options at the Millennium Tower, I find the city residences to be the most playful. They are a truly unique offering in the San Francisco luxury condo marketplace and would make a killer bachelor pad, pied-à-terre, or home for a couple not wanting and/or planning on having small children underfoot on a daily basis.
The Residences offer a variety of floor plans, depending on what floor of the building you are on. The homes in the residences community of the Millennium tower offer solid plank beech floors in the foyer, kitchen, and living room, white oak studio becker cabinets, polished brown quartzite countertops, Bosch appliances (Q: is the cooktop gas? A: Yes), and a Sub-Zero refrigerator (30″ or 36″) as standard finishes.
What do we like about the Residences?
Waving to the chumps at One Rincon Hill. Seriously, the layout makes good sense with the bedrooms nicely separated. Some people want a more formal experience, but if you like open layouts then you’ll appreciate the kitchen/dining/living space arrangement.
On the downside?
The finishes don’t inspire me. But your mileage may vary.
Of the three residence options at the Millennium Tower, I have the toughest time getting excited about the residences, which isn’t to say that there is anything bad about them. They remind me of a middle child trying to form their own identity when surrounded by two strong siblings. They aren’t the precocious and playful sibling, like their little brother the city residences, nor are they as majestic and imposing as their older sister the grand residences. That said, they are a solid offering in the luxury condo market space. If you love the building location and amenities but don’t want to shell out the dollars for the grand residences, they are a great option.
The Grand Residences on the upper floors of Millennium Tower are exceptional. From the 26th to the 48th floor, there are 6 homes per floor. On the 49th floor and above, there are four homes on each floor. The standard finishes in a grand residence at the Millennium tower are solid plank beech hardwood floors in the foyer, kitchen, living room, and library, teak studio becker cabinets, marble countertops and backsplash in the kitchen,Wolfe and Miele stainless steel appliances (including a five-burner cooktop), a 48″ Sub-Zero refrigerator and a wine cooler.
What do we like about the Grand Residences?
There are some spectacular views of San Francisco, depending on your floor level and which direction you are facing. The homes are spacious, designed with a modern sensibility.
On the downside?
Some might find the finishes un-inspiring, and the washer and dryer certainly feel cheap for a condominium in this price range.
Life at the top is Grand, but it won’t come cheap.