Articles on Upper West Side Condos

Restoring and Redesigning the Apthorp

The Apthorp in Manhattan's Upper West Side

The Apthorp is the epitome of elegance on the Upper West Side. Constructed in 1908, the Apthorp reflects the dignified architectural sensibilities of the time. It covers an entire block between 78th and 79th streets; a three-story rusticated base complements the smooth and sharp upper floors. The rectangular and arched windows, along with the ornate roof top cornice, exude a subtle complexity. Gold gazelle heads stick out of wrought-iron gates, which open into a large courtyard. The courtyard features gardens and matching fountains.

Upper West Side Brownstone Bought for $18,000 in 1960 Now Priced at $5 Million

Upper West Side Brownstone - Peggy Mann Houlton

As many of us already know, New York City today is barely recognizable when compared to how it was circa 1960. Streets, houses and entire neighborhoods have been renovated, altered or developed in such a way that boggles the mind of anyone old enough to remember the city that was. A brownstone on West 94th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, however, has stood the test of time and, through meticulous nurturing, skyrocketed in value. The Upper West Side house, originally bought in 1960 for $18,000 by author Peggy Mann Houlton and her husband William Houlton, is now worth upwards of $5 million. 

Top Five Restaurants for Outdoor Dining in the Upper West Side

Outdoor Dining Upper West Side

Like it or not, Summer will soon be coming to an end. The next couple of weeks could be your last chance to enjoy your food alfresco, so we've made your search a little bit easier. Here are our top five restaurants for outdoor dining in the Upper West Side.

The Evolution of the Upper West Side

Upper West Side Street

The Upper West Side is one of New York City’s oldest and most iconic neighborhoods. Its history is as unique as its architecture. In its early days, the Upper West Side was largely rural. Manufacturing moved into the area in the 1850’s, and by the end of the Nineteenth Century the Upper West Side was made up largely of crumbling factories, homeless shacks, saloons, and brothels. In 1890, Columbia University moved from Morningside Heights to the Upper West Side. The first subway was built in 1904; this brought the area an enormous amount of much needed business. Impressive homes and row houses began to emerge at the end of the Nineteenth Century, and this residential trend continued into 1900’s.

Family Friendly Chelsea

An eagle eye view of Chelsea

(Image courtesy of The Illadelph)

During much of its development, New York City catered to families by providing comfortable living space in its Upper East Side and Upper West Side neighborhoods. But with recent construction, change is coming to where families will be able to live in the Midtown to Lower Manhattan as developer Tamarkin Co. unveils news that they’re in current development of a condominium located in West Chelsea.

Downtown Manhattan Becomes Pricier Than Uptown

Downtown Manhattan gets pricier than Uptown

It’s long been a rule of thumb that apartments in Uptown Manhattan, especially those around Central Park, see better asking prices than homes in Downtown Manhattan neighborhoods like Soho, Tribeca and Chelsea. But that rule seems to have been broken now—according to a new report in The Real Deal, the average asking price for a Downtown apartment in the last quarter of 2012 became $2,777 per square foot, nearly $100 more than the price per square foot for a similar unit in Uptown or Midtown Manhattan.

Riverside Center Breaks Ground on Upper West Side

An early image of what Riverside Center is planned to look like in Manhattan

Last Friday a development that will eventually include 2,500 apartments, a hotel, a movie theater, an auto showroom, a new public school, and hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail and office space, broke ground on the Upper West Side. Located along Riverside Boulevard between 59th Street and 61st Street, the Riverside Center Development promises to be the biggest new development on the Upper West Side. Once it’s completed, it is set to have five apartment towers with a park in the middle. Although locals fought over aspects of the development for months, it was approved by the City Council two years ago.

Building Doormen Go the Extra Mile This Holiday Season

New York luxury apartment doorman

Apartment hunters in New York City are known to look at a lot of things before committing to a home in the city. They want the extravagant spaces, they want the gorgeous views, they want the latest in technology—their apartments must have it all. But besides the features of their homes, Manhattan’s home-hunters are also keen to know about the building amenities they will be treated to: these can range from something as flashy as a rooftop club room to the relatively less-publicized services of a full-time doorman. However, doormen are a very important and useful amenity to have in a building—especially during the holiday season.

Are Two Bedrooms Now Number One in the Manhattan Condo Market?

After the 2008 market crash the prices of one-bedrooms and studios recovered fairly quickly, but the two-bedroom has held out until now. According to The Real Deal, overall inventory of apartments has grown by 13.4 percent since March, but the inventory of two-beds has grown much slower. True to the laws of economics, the ever-present high demand of Manhattan real estate coupled with a low supply means that prices of Manhattan two-bedrooms has hit a new peak -- and the competition to secure one is getting fierce. The New York Times interviewed Tracie Hamersley, a senior vice president of Citi Habitats, whose two-bedroom listing in Murray Hill closed at the asking price after only a single week on the market. It was the buyer’s third attempt at securing a two-bedroom.

(Madison Square) Garden Apartment: Carmelo Anthony's Apartment Search Brings Him To The Upper West Side

Three, two, one… that’s how long it takes for freshly signed New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony to win a basketball game. But while Melo's a great talent, all those big buckets came thanks to a lot of practice. Carmelo Anthony's Upper West Side apartment searchThat work ethic should serve Melo well during his NYC condo search, since finding the right apartment in New York City takes a lot of effort as well -- whether you're Carmelo Anthony or someone shorter and less famous trying to find the right condominium in Manhattan. When he's not making shots for his employers, the Knicks’ new superstar -- and wife Alani "La La" Vazquez -- are tirelessly scoping out places in Manhattan. And although the New York Knicks have made a huge investment in the former Nugget all-star, Anthony is apparently not ready to invest in New York real estate and was originally searching for a rental apartment in a downtown condominium -- something in the, um, $30,000 a month range. What, it’s not that much if you're getting paid like he is. Now, though, Melo's sites have shifted uptown, and he has reportedly identified two all-star Upper West Side condo listings as his new top choices.