Life is like a luxury hotel with this condo at the downtown Fairmont Pittsburgh

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PHOTOS BY JESSE RIESMEYER

Jhe luxurious Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel, located at 550 Market St., Downtown, sits on a triangular slice of a street corner that intersects Liberty and Fifth Avenues and also cuts a straight line to another important triangle in the city – the fountain at Point State Park.

It’s also no more than half a mile from Grant Street to the east or PNC Park across the Allegheny River. In fact, many of the most popular downtown attractions are within a 5-minute walk from the Fairmont’s front door.

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For Dr. Saurabh Sanon, the building’s location and amenities — which include concierge services and a popular restaurant, fl.2 — make it the perfect place to live. The cardiologist’s unit, 14C, is part of the Fairmont residences. Located on the upper floors of the building, the condos sit above the hotel’s 185 rooms.

“It’s fantastic. It’s the nerve center of Downtown. The views speak for themselves – the fireworks, the crowds,” Sanon says. “I’m moving or I wouldn’t leave.”

As an interventional cardiologist at UPMC, time is a precious commodity for Sanon. He says the building offered all the amenities he needed to maximize his lifestyle – and did so to the highest luxury standards.

“I’ve always lived in big cities,” he says. “The Fairmont in Pittsburgh embodies a standard of international condominium living found in the best cities in the world.”

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He listed the 14th floor condo 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 bathrooms. Facing north, it offers panoramic views of the Allegheny River and PNC Park. It also offers one of the coolest interior views of buildings in the city you’ll find, including upper levels of Fifth Avenue Place; the building’s facade appears like a web in the unit’s 10-foot-tall floor-to-ceiling windows.

After entering the white marble lobby complete with glass walls and spectacular views, the elevators lead to the condo via a secure and locked key fob. Inside are two large pillars with architectural round partitions that define the space and add interest to the carefully appointed seating areas.

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

The kitchen includes top of the line appliances from Wolf/Sub Zero and AKSO. Black cabinets with a mix of slab doors and glass fronts create a modern feel. To keep the room from looking too cold, a small support pillar painted in a light earthy green. There is also a peninsula with a cantilevered glass bar for guests.

The other side of the room has another retaining wall with a partition. This has been cleverly laid out as a bar to one side, complete with a wine fridge and serving buffet for the dining area.

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

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The spacious bedrooms each have a panoramic view, as well as adjoining bathrooms. The master bathroom has a double sink, modern wall sconces and a tile backsplash wall. A separate tub and shower with a rainfall showerhead and a secondary showerhead complete the vignette. The attractive second bathroom has a tub/shower combination.

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

“I’m greeted in the lobby every time I come home,” he says. “The valet service takes my car and my groceries, then they deliver 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 adjacent to her home was another convenience.

“My family visits and stays in the building,” he says. “I leave my laundry at the reception and it comes back to you. The concierge is wonderful and handles a lot of things from valet parking for my car to entertainment requests.

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About: Downtown (downtownpittsburgh.com)
Population: 5201 (Golden Triangle only)
Planes, trains and automobiles: 25 minutes from the airport. Daily transportation via Port Authority Bus. Carpooling available. Street parking.
Schools: City of Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Neighborhoods: In the heart of Pittsburgh, downtown is home to a variety of theaters, restaurants, and bars. Point State Park and the Great Allegheny Passage Trail Head also run along the banks. The number of inhabitants of the city is growing and the opening of a Target store this summer should reinforce the residential attractiveness of the city.

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