Upper West Side, Ultra-Luxe, Pre-War Buildings

Posted on Fri, 10-16-2015

Manhattan’s Upper West Side is one of New York City’s most luxurious neighborhoods, and it grants easy access to some of the city’s best cultural attractions and finest establishments. With the Lincoln Center, Central Park, Museum of Natural History, and Riverside Park to surround this pre-war architectural neighborhood, it’s no wonder why it’s one of the most desired.


The Apthorp, 390 West End Avenue

First, let’s talk about the centerpiece of the building. Every inch of its enamoring garden courtyard captures the Renaissance Revival atmosphere that embraces serenity and romance.

The Apthorp is known for its pre-war architecture, developed by William Waldorf in 1908, who was inspired by Florence’s landmark, Pitti Palace. This condo is considered a landmark structure in the Upper West Side. Recently, the condo went through meticulous renovations that preserved the pre-war, Renaissance Revival–style elegance of its common spaces — library, garden courtyard — and modernized the apartments, making its interior as appealing as its exterior.

3-bedroom apartments go for $6.75 and $7 million.


The Orleans, 100 West 80th Street

Built in 1898, this 10-story, pre-war condo is historic for being the second oldest mid-rise building in the Upper West Side. Since then, this brick, stone, and limestone structure has gone through a couple of conversions. The building was initially known as the 120-room Hotel Orleans, then it transitioned into Columbia’s university residence. In 1993, the hotel had renovations that fully transformed the property into a condo with 25 apartments that are the size of five luxurious hotel rooms. Each apartment is equipped with 10-foot ceilings, oversized windows that look out onto Central Park, and a fully-equipped kitchen.

Prices start at $5.7 million for a 5-bedroom apartment.


The Astor, 236 West 75th Street

This three-building, 12-story condo was originally converted from a rental, and was built by William Waldorf in 1901. Recent restorations preserved the pre-war details, and now, this condo combines vintage charm with modern, high-class fashion. Each apartment features 10-foot ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, and a fully-equipped, polished kitchen. There’s also a full-time doorman who will greet you into a stunning lobby that is paved in marble and accented with pre-war details. On top of that, other ultra-luxe amenities include: a state-of-the-art fitness center, bike room, children’s playroom, parking, and extra storage space.

Prices start at $2.25 million for a 1-bedroom; $2.7 million for a 2-bedroom; $5.1 million for a 3-bedroom; and $5.9 million for a 4-bedroom apartment.

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