The little garden is lovely, the apartment at the top of fire escape not so.
Getting to the one-bedroom co-op on the Upper East Side means negotiating a passageway in an early 20th century building facing the street and entering a sweet little garden. At the far side stands a three-story white clapboard house dating to the mid-19th Century.
There the charm ends.
The apartment is a one-bedroom unit up two flights of stairs with ceilings so low that I had to fight the urge to hunch over — and no one would mistake me for tall.
To many consumers, ceiling height is everything. Many prospective buyers won’t even look at apartments that don’t exceed the legal minimum. To quote the New York City Administrative Code, Continue reading
A view of Riverside Drive last fall.
In some circles, Riverside Drive has never quite measured up to the desirability of Fifth Avenue or Central Park West, even though it was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.
But residences on the tree-lined serpentine roadway, which runs from 72nd to 181st streets along Riverside Park and the river beyond, are much in demand.
Lobbies, like this frosted beauty at 180 Riverside Drive, were designed to impress.
With many of them selling at a premium, the apartments in stately pre-war apartment buildings and converted mansions, for the most part, have boasted among their occupants notables such as Damon Runyon, George Gershwin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Hannah Arendt, Saul Bellow, J. Robert Oppenheimer and Paul Krugman, according to Wikipedia. My former sister-in-law and brother-in-law live there, and my first home in Manhattan was there as well, at No. 425.
Fictional characters have included the leads of 6 Rms Riv Vu by my late friend Bob Randall, the Will & Grace mainstays, Liz Lemon of 30 Rock, copywriter Freddy Rumsen of Mad Men and White Collar‘s Neal Caffrey.
When I checked one day last year to see how many apartments were available on Riverside Drive, I found Continue reading
LUXURY SALES COLOR THE HOUSING MARKET, WHICH IS MOVING ‘SIDEWAYS’ AND PROMPTING CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC FORECASTS
Sales activity in the second half–as measured by number of sales, median sale prices, average number of days on market and the number of Manhattan apartments on the market–settled comfortably into historic 10-year ranges, according to two separate market reports in Crain’s New York.
- (via Prudential Douglas Elliman)
Despite a busy market for trophy properties, the pace of sales and median prices of Manhattan apartments slipped during the fourth quarter, the Wall Street Journal observed.
The number of sales fell by Continue reading