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Life is like a luxury hotel with this condo in downtown’s Fairmont Pittsburgh

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PHOTOS BY JESSE RIESMEYER

The Fairmont Pittsburgh luxury hotel, located at 550 Market St., downtown, sits on a triangular portion of a street corner that intersects Liberty and Fifth avenues and also intersects a straight arrow line to another major triangle in the city: the fountain at Point State Park.

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It’s also no more than a half 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.

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For Dr. Saurabh Sanon, the building’s location and amenities, including concierge services and the acclaimed fl.2 restaurant, make it the perfect place to live. The cardiology unit, 14C, is part of The Residences at the Fairmont. Located on the upper levels of the building, the condos sit above the hotel’s 185 rooms.

“It’s fantastic. It’s the nerve center of Downtown. The sights speak for themselves: the fireworks, the crowds,” Sanon says. “I’m moving or I’m not leaving.”

As director of interventional cardiology research in the Center for Heart Valve Diseases at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, time is a precious commodity for Sanon. He says that the building offered all the amenities he needed to maximize his lifestyle, and did so with the highest standards of luxury.

“I’ve always lived in bigger cities,” he says. “The Fairmont in Pittsburgh embodies an international standard of condominium living found in the world’s greatest cities.”

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He has listed the apartment on the 14th floor for $1.45 million (MLS #1557260, Racheallee Lacek, Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty, piattsir.com). It is open by appointment.

Featuring an open concept layout, the unit has two bedrooms and 2½ baths. Facing north, it has panoramic views of the Allegheny River and PNC Park. It also has one of the best interior views of city buildings I’ve ever come across, including the upper levels of Fifth Avenue Place; the building’s façade 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, locked key fob. Inside are two large pillars with architectural circular bulkheads that define the space and add interest to the carefully decorated seating areas.

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The entire unit is wired with integral speakers. Smart home technology controls everything from lights, sound and audio to automatic Lutron shades.

The kitchen features high-end appliances from Wolf/Sub Zero and AKSO. Black cabinets with a combination of slab doors and glass fronts create a modern feel. To keep the room from looking too cold, there is a small supporting pillar painted a light earthy green. There is also a peninsula with a cantilevered glass bar for guests.

The other side of the room features another supporting wall with a bulkhead. This has been elegantly outfitted with a bar to one side, complete with a wine cooler and buffet service for the dining room.

“It’s my favorite little rest area and it overlooks PNC Park,” says Sanon.

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The spacious rooms have a panoramic view, as well as private bathrooms. The master bath has a double sink, modern wall sconces and a tiled backsplash. A separate soaking tub and shower with a rainfall showerhead and secondary showerhead complete the vignette. The attractive second bathroom has a tub/shower combo.

Sanon says the unit comes with plenty of amenities, including access to the business center, 24-hour fitness center, and a spa. The building also has a physical doorman, concierge services, and 24-hour room service.

“I am greeted in the lobby every time I come home,” he says. “The valet service takes my car and my purchases and then delivers them to my door.”

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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 next to his house was another convenience.

“My family visits and stays in the building,” he says. “I leave my dry cleaning at the front desk and it comes back to you. The concierge is wonderful and handles many things from valet for my car to entertainment requests.”

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On: Center (centerofpittsburgh.com)
Population: 5201 (Golden Triangle only)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles: A 25 minute drive to the airport. Daily bus transportation from the Port Authority. Shared ride available. Street parking.
Schools: Pittsburgh City Public Schools.
Neighborhoods: The heart of Pittsburgh, Downtown features 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 city residents is growing, and the opening of a Target store this summer is expected to strengthen the city’s residential appeal.

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