Prettiest Prewar Condos on the Upper West Side

  Last modified on August 23rd, 2018

The Upper West Side real estate market has long been dominated by co-ops, but a number of prewar condos offer a frequently sought-after combination of qualities:  the flexibility of owning real property combined with the old world charm and details loved by so many New Yorkers. Below I’ve listed my top picks for prewar condos on the Upper West Side!

 

The Level Club, 253 West 73rd Street

Located between West End and Broadway

The visual highlight of this Upper West Side condo is without a doubt its lobby. Enter to find three levels, an Italian marble staircase, paneled walls and intricate moldings everywhere.

The outside looks great too: the facade is covered with stunningly carved sculptures and arched windows.

The Level Club was built in 1925 and houses 159 apartments across 19 floors.

The Level Club 253 West 73rd Street

photo by @striblingnyc

 

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The Orleans, 100 West 80th Street

Located on the southwest corner of Columbus Avenue

Built in 1900, The Orleans was recently reconfigured to offer large half floor condos for sale (with four to five bedrooms each). The building has a gorgeous red brick facade, showcasing the massive apartment windows and outdoor spaces on the upper floors. The Orleans is without a doubt one of the most beautiful condos on the Upper West Side.

100 west 80th - the orleans

 

The Pythian, 135 West 70th Street

Located between Broadway and Columbus Ave

This building has a stunning glass exterior, pillars and is hard to miss. It was originally constructed in 1927, and after quite an interesting history, it was converted to a condo in 1983.

The building has 84 units spread across 11 floors, ranging from 1 bedrooms to decadent 5 and 6 bedroom duplexes.

 

The Century, 25 Central Park West

Located between 62nd and 63rd Streets

Towards the southern tip of Central Park West stands The Century, which was built in 1932 and holds a whopping 422 apartments! Most of them are 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms.

The Century, 25 Central Park West

 

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The Ansonia, 2109 Broadway

Located between 73rd and 74th Streets

One of the most famous buildings in NYC. The Ansonia features a stunning lobby and winding staircase, both equally as beautiful as the eye-popping exterior. It also has quite an infamous history, and was originally constructed as a hotel. The building is huge, with 385 apartments.

The Ansonia

 

Liberty Lofts, 43 West 64th Street

Located between Broadway and Central Park West

Originally constructed as a warehouse in 1898, this UWS condo is one of the oldest. It was converted to a condominium in 2003 and currently houses 36 apartments across 12 floors. The loft-style apartments range in size from 1,600 to a bit over 6,000 square feet.

43 West 64th Street

 

The Apthorp, 390 West End Avenue

Located on 79th Street, spanning from West End to Broadway

One of the most historic and storied buildings on the Upper West Side, The Apthorp was originally built in 1908. The Italian Renaissance Revival building features include a private courtyard driveway, four separate lobbies, and a limestone facade with stately iron gates. The Apthorp has long been home to countless NYC celebs.

The Apthorp

photo by @hellerorg

 

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The Apple Bank Building, 2112 Broadway

Located between 73rd and 74th Streets

Originally built in 1928 as the Central Savings Bank, this unique low-rise condo holds twenty-seven apartments above the Apple Bank on the lobby level.

The most noticeable feature of this Italian Renaissance gem are the massive arched windows on the second floor.

You can also check the time and temperature while admiring one of the most exquisite prewar condos on the Upper West Side!

Apple Bank Building

 

640 West End Avenue

Located between 91st and 92nd Streets

You might recognize this Upper West Side condo for it’s glorious, ivy-covered facade.

Standing apart from its neighbors, this 12 story grey brick building with a limestone base has 37 apartments and was built in 1913.

640 West End Avenue

 

105 West 78th Street

Located between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues

This brownstone condo is located on one of the prettiest streets in NYC! It was built in 1900 and converted to a condo in the 1980s. It has a super smooth exterior with original moldings and a sweeping exterior staircase.

105 West 78th Street

 

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The Gallery, 112 West 72nd Street

Located between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues

This Parisian-style building has a lot of cool features, like its green mansard roof and windows, upper level Juliette balconies and limestone throughout.

The Gallery stands thirteen stories tall and has 66 apartments.

112 West 72nd Street

 

26 West 74th Street

Located between Central Park West and Columbus

This red-brick townhouse has beautiful stone pillars and large casement windows, and sits on a beautiful tree-lined street which is home to the famous Patsy’s Pizzeria. The building has five floors and nine apartments.

26 West 74th Street

 

780 West End Avenue

Located on the southeast corner of 98th Street

This majestic Art Nouveau condo was designed by Edward and George Blum in 1912. The white brick facade is accompanied by terracotta decorations, and the building lobby is coated with marble floors and dramatic stone stairways with arched entrances.

The building is thirteen stories tall and has sixty-one apartments.

 

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Mike Mishkin

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Mike is a native Upper West Sider. He's lived in the Lincoln Center area, Morningside Heights, and pretty much everywhere in between. You can frequently find him eating through the many great restaurants on the Upper West Side or awkwardly taking iPhone photos for @ilovetheupperwestside.
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