In Manhattan’s high-end real estate market, a home’s address is a defining feature. More than a number on a mailbox, an address represents a neighborhood, history and a chance to live in a prestigious NYC residence. A beautiful, notable building is bolstered by surrounding icons. When it comes to luxury living in the city, close proximity to Central Park is as good as it gets. Below are three listings, each with their own cache, allure and Central Park views.
When it comes to a jaw-dropping address, 15 Central Park West is sure to get attention. The pinnacle of elegance, this Robert A.M. Stern designed building occupies an entire city block and pays tribute to the design of Fifth Avenue apartments from the 1920s. The only post-construction combination unit in the building, this 35th floor residence gives stunning east, west and south views of Central Park, downtown Manhattan and the Hudson River.
The Essex House is not only one of the world’s most celebrated hotels but also one of the most desirable Manhattan residences. This Art Deco style building debuted in 1931 and quickly became an icon easily distinguished by its glowing rooftop sign. Offering unparalleled views of Central Park South, this building boasts the finest amenities to ensure a high-class living experience.
Embodying the classic sophistication and elegance of Manhattan, the Private Residences at the Plaza is 5-star living in every capacity. The Plaza Hotel has hosted a roster of notable names over its storied past and the converted apartments garner the same level of prestige. This home combines the quintessential style touches of the Private Residences at the Plaza with the unique opportunity to own a piece of New York City history.
Today the Wall Street Journal broke the news that steel magnate Leroy Schecter is combining his two 35th-floor apartments at 15 Central Park West — one of the most successful and famous residential buildings in New York City — and listing the massive spread for $95 million with CORE Managing Director Emily Beare. A sale could set a city record, topping another recent transaction at 15 CPW: former Citigroup head Sandy Weill’s $88 million sale of his 20th-floor penthouse in the building’s shorter, “House” building. Schecter’s “Tower” apartments are currently being renovated, and the Journal got a peek inside. The paper writes: “Now, rows of new aluminum studs demarcate a living room, study and dining room that will face Central Park. The master bedroom is designed so that the bed will also look out at the park. The large master bathroom will have an 8-by-8 window facing south.”
We’ll have more on this special home in the days ahead, but for now we thought we’d once again share CORE CEO Shaun Osher’s CORE Talks interview with architect Robert A.M. Stern, who designed the famed 15 Central Park West complex as well as CORE’s One Museum Mile project on the other side of the park, along Fifth Avenue. Stern discusses both buildings in the video above.
There’s nothing like a scorching 95-degree summer day to give you pool envy, and seeing the above photo of the rooftop swimming pool at One Museum Mile has us in a downright swoon. The photo was recently posted on the One Museum Mile Facebook page when the private pool opened for the season, and the Central Park-overlooking oasis is not the only reason the building is getting noticed. Following up his CORE Talks interview in which he discussed the building’s design in detail, architect Robert A.M. Stern just sat down with the New York Times for a wide-ranging interview about his career. Says Stern, “I don’t see architecture as being about autobiography. I see it more as an art of portrait painting. Portraits of places, institutions.” Read on for more insight from the legendary architect.
One of the greatest living American architects, Robert A.M. Stern is also the only contemporary architect to have designed two buildings along Central Park: 15 Central Park West, the two-tower limestone complex regarded as the most successful condominium of all time, and 1280 Fifth Avenue, home to the Museum for African Art and, above, the residences of One Museum Mile. CORE founder and CEO Shaun Osher sat down with Stern, who is also the dean of Yale University’s School of Architecture and an accomplished architectural historian, to talk about the unique design of One Museum Mile, the history of Central Park, and the similarities and differences between Stern’s pair of buildings along New York’s most iconic park. For more on Stern’s work, visit his firm’s website, and for more on One Museum Mile, click here.
Marking a new focal point on Manhattan’s celebrated Museum Mile — home to iconic cultural institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York — is a distinctively designed limestone structure: One Museum Mile.
Located at 1280 Fifth Avenue and directly across from Central Park, One Museum Mile’s classic design and limestone relief façade are credited to legendary architect Robert A.M. Stern, who collaborated with Andre Kikoski Architect PLLC and SLCE Architects to create a structure which unifies this luxury condominium with the future home of the Museum for African Art, located in the building’s base.
The video above features an exclusive interview with Stern, who touches on Upper Fifth Avenue’s history and attractions, which influenced the design of One Museum Mile. Referencing his approach to “make an icon out of the museum and a very important neighbor out of the apartment building,” Stern has brought a quality of detail and charm that many new residential developments lack.
In a neighborhood rich with architectural gems, One Museum Mile compliments Fifth Avenue rather than competing with it. One Museum Mile offers a 24-hour full-service concierge, on-site parking, a landscaped roof terrace with outdoor pool, residents’ lounge with fireplace, fitness center with terrace, media lounge, children’s playroom, bicycle room and more.
For further information on this luxury development and its residences, please visit onemuseummile.com.
Since they were first listed, the two contiguous units on the 35th floor at 15 Central Park West have garnered considerable attention and received tremendous traffic from potential tenants. At this time, leases are out for both units individually at full asking rents to immaculately qualified applicants. One individual initially offered considerably below the asking price for both units and returned with a year-up-front cash offer above ask a little too late in the game. Numerous other people have requested to be put on a waiting list.
The bottom line is, an iconic building such as 15 CPW will always draw well-heeled crowds. You can rent in one of the most famous buildings in the world for a fraction of what it would cost to buy; although money isn’t really the issue with most of the people, 15 CPW affords a certain level of lifestyle that exists only in a handful of buildings in NYC. Robert A. M. Stern’s limestone-clad building has more in common with pre-war buildings on CPW and Fifth and Park Avenues. This building conveys a certain lifestyle most of the residents already have. It is traditional enough where it looks like it has always been there, but yet, offers all the modern amenities desired by its demanding occupants. This is a building that will withstand the test of time and be adulated by many.