listing of the day
Location: West End Avenue, New York, NY
Price: $9.995 million
Part architectural oasis, part expansive mansion in the sky, this apartment is located in The Apthorp, a storied, turn-of-the-century edifice on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Realized in 1908 by architects Clinton & Russell for William Waldorf Astor, the Apthorp was modeled after the Pitti Palace in Florence, and is one of Manhattan’s most exclusive pre-war buildings.
That Italian-inspired architecture is translated throughout this sprawling home, where original dentil moldings and intricately formed ceiling medallions speak to a bygone era. As you venture into the living room along a path of parquet floors, a stunningly ornate fireplace and mirrored mantel echoes the sentiments felt in the foyer; coffered walls and ceilings can be found in the adjacent dining room.
The home possesses a distinctly historic aura met with ultra-modern updates made in the kitchen and bathrooms. The contrast makes the home feel interesting and layered with a high level of design prowess.
“Owning this home is like owning a piece of history,” states listing agent Frances Katzen. “The quality and details are profound throughout the property, and that has resulted in a truly gracious and one-of-a-kind home.”
Occupying an entire city block between Broadway and West End Ave and between West 78th and 79th streets, the Apthorp has proved to have true staying power among elite residences, maintaining its landmark status. The Apthorp has also been called home by some of Hollywood’s biggest names, the likes of Nora Ephron, Al Pacino, Cyndi Lauper, and Robert DeNiro, just to name a few.
One of the larger residences within the 161-unit, 12-story building, this 4,250-square-foot apartment has five bedrooms, six full baths and one half bath. There is also a bonus room that has been converted into an at-home gym with views of the street.
The acclaimed building was designed by legendary architecture team Clinton & Russell. Their adherence to the Italian Neo-Renaissance style resonated with William Waldorf Astor, who commissioned the firm for this monumental project.
The Apthorp features a plethora of conveniences. In fact, there is a dedicated 6,500-square-foot suite dedicated to all of the onsite amenities, which include: A private spa and fitness center; complete circuit of weight training and cardio equipment; separate yoga and exercise studio; two adjoining treatment suites each with a full bath, steam room and sauna; entertaining suite with bar, catering kitchen, integrated media and billiards room; and children’s playroom and craft center. Individual storage is also available. In addition, there is also constant security, an onsite garage with 24-hour parking attendant and four doormen manning each of the four main doors and lobby.
Affectionately referred to as the suburbs of the city, the Upper West Side attracts scores of young families—prepare to be surrounded by schools and upscale grocers like the famed Zabar’s. And, as most of life in Manhattan is predicated upon proximity to parks, this address is a block from Riverside Park and three blocks from the Museum of Natural History and Central Park.
Agent: Frances Katzen, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
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