Articles on 390 West End Avenue

Heard About The $200,000 Penthouse At The Apthorp? We Did, And Here's What We Heard.

Apthorp penthouse is selling for below market valueIt made sense at first, all those visitors to New Construction Manhattan clicking on the listing for Upper West Side condominium The Apthorp. It made sense because The Apthorp has always been among our most popular Upper West Side condo listings -- it's generally one of the most-clicked buildings in our Manhattan condo listings database, in fact -- and because it's a beautiful building filled with beautiful apartments for sale. Business as usual, right? Except they kept clicking. And clicking. The reason, we quickly figured out, was this story from the New York Post, which detailed what seemed like an incredible deal -- a (small) penthouse apartment at The Apthorp selling for $228,000, which is roughly 88% below its listing price. We'd click, too, if we read a story about apartments for sale in one of the hottest pre-war condominiums on the Upper West Side. So, how incredible was this deal?

Apthorp Chronicles Continued: Given Green Light On Condo Conversion, Pre-War Luxury Condo Promptly Hikes Prices

The Apthorp in Manhattan Your New Construction Manhattan blogger is human, dear reader, which means that every now and then your New Construction Manhattan blogger is laid-up by vicious allergies and misses a day or two of posting. This is something that happens even to non-bloggers -- although our constitutions are admittedly frailer than most -- but in the hyperspeed world of Manhattan real estate, a day or so off means three or so days behind. Thus the post that we were too busy sneezing to make -- which announced that Upper West Side pre-war condo conversion The Apthorp, the Pitti Palace-inspired condo at 390 West End Avenue, had been approved by the State AG for condominium conversion -- has now become two posts in one.

Apthorp Chronicles: The War Over The Upper West Side Pre-War Condo at 390 West End Avenue

the apthorp pre-war condoEven among the many pre-war condo listings on the Upper West Side, The Apthorp stands out for its impressive pedigree. The building, at 390 West End Avenue, was built by William Waldorf Astor in 1908, and was modeled after the famed Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy. That doesn't exactly bespeak modesty, but a recent restoration has highlighted just how grand (and occasionally grandiose) Astor's vision for The Apthorp actually was. The building itself is stunning, and one of the most impressive pre-war condos in Manhattan. But while The Apthorp is a great building, it has yet to take off as a star NYC condo listing because of the ongoing tussle over that ambitious restoration.