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The Kent NYC Upper east side’s latest condo update

The Extell Development company has started construction on their Upper East side luxe 30 story tower and they are up to about the 4th floor. The building with be full of amenities including Camp Kent, a luxe children’s playroom. The Kent NYC will have 83 units and 9 units are showing as available on their site ranging in price from $2.457 mm to over $9mm for a 5bedroom/5 bath 3564 sqft 20th floor offering.

This is an excellent location at the corner of 95th street and 3rd avenue and the development will try to piggyback on the success of Carnegie Park, Related’s condo conversion one block away at 200 East 94th street. The Related condo, however had much lower prices and took advantage of the dearth of inventory catering to the affordable luxury market.

Do you think this part of the Upper east side is ready for Extell’s luxe development? See pictures below of latest construction from just over this weekend.

Thinking of buying in Midtown west?

If you are thinking of buying in Midtown west, take a look at Worldwide Plaza. This condo was built in 1988 by William Zeckendorf Jr and occupies an entire city block from 49th to 50th street between 8th and 9th avenue. There’s a 39 story tower on West 50th street, a 7 story tower on West 49th street, a 40 story office tower, a few townhouses and a public square.


24-hour doorman
on-site parking
2 laundry rooms per floor
many subway lines
Access to the Theatre Distric, Times Square, Rock Center…


Some of the interior hallways and lobby give a hotel like feel and monthly charges are a touch high but not ridiculous given the amenities.

Prices range

Current availabilities range from $569k for a 375 sqft studio to a reasonable $1,820,000 for a 2bd/2ba in 350 W 50 street.

Rentals range from $2400 for a studio up to $7200 for a 2bd/2ba with 3 other 2 bedrooms available from $4600 to $5800.

Monthlies are a little on the high side averaging around $2.85 per sqft. So a 1000 sqft apartment will run you around 2800 per month in taxes and common charges.

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80 Central Park west Building Profile

80 Central Park west, the postwar co-op that sits on the corner of 68th street in the Lincoln Square area of the Upper West side has only 3 of it’s 172 units available for sale. Given that the building, which stands at 24 stories, is so well located,  it is not surprising that 2 of those  3 units are in contract. The only available apartment is a 17th floor offering with views of Central Park as well as the midtown skyline. The apartment has monthly maintenance of just shy of $1700 and appears to be about 800-900 sqft. It is being offered for $1,875,000.

This pet friendly building has an impressive lobby, 24 hour doorman, live-in-super, garage, central air conditioning, laundry and bike storage. The building features studios to 3 bedroom apartments. In 2015, there were 2 sales and not surprisingly both of those apartments sold over their initial ask.

8C- 1bd/1.5 bath ask $1.15 million sold $1.395 million
8E     1bd/1.5bath ask $1.55 million sold $1.595 million

In 2014, 11 apartments changed hands ranging from a studio for $585k to a 2bd/2ba for $5.75 million. That apartment, 14B,  was extensively renovated and had almost 32 feet of frontage on Central Park with a wraparound balcony.

Perhaps what is most interesting about this building besides that many apartments come with terraces is the way it is a postwar building in the middle of the historical district of the Upper West side where there are many classic prewar buildings. As a result, prices are not astronomical as compared to some of it’s neighbors both north and south.

For me ,this building reminds me a little of the Park Ten at 10 West 66th street which was built around the same time and has a lovely lobby and a garage as well.

What do you think of this postwar gem?

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The Dorilton Upper West side jewel Building profile

The Dorilton at 171 west 71th street on Manhattan’s upper west side is one of the most beautiful buildings in Manhattan. Built in 1902 and designed by Emery Roth, this Beaux Arts prewar co-op features 57 units over 13 floors. The building was maligned in its time for being too ornate. The building features include a 24 hour doorman, laundry in building, roof deck, and basement storage. It sits at the corner of West 71st street and Broadway where you will find Trader Joe’s, The Gap,Coach,Brooks Brothers, Hugo Boss and Gracious Home all within walking distance. Currently, there is some facade work going on.

Availabilities are limited to one duplex that is for sale for $9.2 million and is in contract. Apartments are known for their beamed ceilings and fireplaces.

Facade work going on at The Dorilton
Facade work going on at The Dorilton

The Schwab House 11 Riverside drive

The Schwab house at 11 Riverside drive is a massive postwar co-op built in 1951 and converted to co-op in 1984. Located between 73rd and 74 street, there is an entrance on Riverside drive and an entrance on West end avenue as well. The building features a roof deck, exercise room, children’s playroom and garage.

Current availabilities in this pied-a-terre friendly building range from a studio for $450k to a 3 bedroom/3bath that is asking $2.85 million. According to Streeteasy, 5 of the 7 listings are in contract. The apartment for $2.85 million took less than 1 month to go to contract and had direct river views.


275 West 96 street, NY,NY 10025 Building profile

275 West 96 street is a condo building that sits at the corner of 96th street and Broadway and was built in 1983. It has a swimming pool, health club, children’s playroom, and garage among it’s amenity package. The Columbia is 32 stories high with 320 units and was developed by William Zeckendorf Jr.

Many of the apartments have baconies and views of the Hudson. Current availabilites include two apartments-a 1 bedroom for $949k and a 2bd/2ba for $1,500,000. Common charges and taxes combine for a normal $2 per square foot especially given the large amount of amenities.

Rentals are available at $3500 for a 1 bedroom and slightly more than $5k for 2bd/2ba.

415 Central Park west Building profile

415 Central Park west is a prewar co-op built in 1926 with 17 stories and 92 units. This doorman building is located at the corner of 101 street and Central Park west. Some of the larger apartment have direct park views and the building amenities include laundry and a childrens’ playroom.

A recent sale in this building on the 16th floor went for $3.1 million. That apartment had 7 rooms and Central Park views from all except one.
A recent sale in this building on the 16th floor closed for $3.1 million. That apartment had 7 rooms and Central Park views from all except one.

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272 west 107 street The Strauss Park Condominium

As part of our continuing series of taking a look at buildings in Manhattan, today we turn our attention to the Strauss Park, a 22 story, 64 unit condo on the Upper West side at the corner of 107 street and Broadway. It is comprised mainly of 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with a couple of combination units which are even larger. Originally called the Opus condo when it was first built, the building has a unique rounded edge kind of like the bow of ship.

272 West 107 street The Strauss Park Condo-Entrance on 107 street
272 West 107 street The Strauss Park Condo-Entrance on 107 street


The building took it’s name from the small park that is in front of it on Broadway. Riverside Park is also nearby as are tons of restaurants and of course the subway which is on 110st and Broadway just 3 blocks away.

Currently there are two 3 bedroom apartments available both with 2.5 bathrooms. 11D is asking $2.195mm and 10D is asking $2.189mm.



350 west 42 street NY,NY 10036 The Orion

The Orion condominium has 60 stories and 551 units and was built in 2006. It has a fitness center, lap pool,whilpool,club and screening room, business center, and multiple sundecks. There are currently 24 apartments in the market according to with 5 of them in contract. They range 800k for a 520 sqft 5th floor studio to $3.5mm for a penthouse apartment. There is a 421a tax abatement which expires in 2008.

Towering over nearby buidlings is the Orion at 42nd st and 9th avenue
Towering over nearby buidlings is the Orion at 42nd st and 9th avenue

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