165 Charles Street

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165 Charles Street, New York City, NY

165 Charles Street

165 Charles Street, West Village, NYC
Building Information
Developer Izak Senbahar and Simon Elias
Architect Richard Meier
Number of Units 31
Number of Floors 16
Year Built 2005
Construction Method Metal
Type of Roof IRMA
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165 Charles Street, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit bus routes nearby, no subway routes
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C1-7
Title of Land Condominium



Directly to the North of 165 Charles Street, there are two buildings located at 173 and 176 Perry Street. These buildings were designed by Richard Meier, but developed by Richard Born, Ira Drukier, and Charles Blaichman, and built in 2002.

These building are each 15 stories, and provided the basis for the design of 165 Charles Street, as all three buildings are similar in design. Meier, an award winning American Architect, had not designed a building in New York for 30 years when plans for the Perry Street buildings began and the enthusiasm to see these new works was high.

When 165 Charles Street was completed in 2005, the three buildings together form an impressive line of sleek residences overlooking the Hudson River. [1]


165 Charles Street is located in the West Village of Manhattan overlooking the Hudson River. A mostly residential neighborhood, the West Village is bordered on the west by the Hudson River, the north by Chelsea, the South Village and Hudson Square to the south, and Central Village to the east. [2]

The West Village has always been defined by its nickname of Little Bohemia and is packed with restaurants, shops, and cultural venues. Numerous artists have lived, worked, and visited the area, including Dylan Thomas, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, and Edna St. Vincent Millay, who helped to found Cherry Lane Theater, New York's longest continuously operating off-Broadway theater. The West Village is also the location of the 1969 Stonewall riots, long considered the birthplace of the gay rights movement. With streets that run parallel to the Hudson River, the West Village has developed a reputation for being off the grid as these streets aren't in line with New York's main city grid. Instead streets in the West Village run at an angle to the grid. This design has been known to confuse both tourists and residents alike. With the abundance of art, culture, food, and drink, the West Village lives up to its bohemian title and is a mecca for artistic creativity. [3]

165 Charles Street has a Walk Score of 97 out of 100, meaning that a car is not required for daily errands. Its transit score is 100 out of 100 with 37 nearby routes, although this buidling is not close to any of New York's main subway lines. [4]


Construction of 165 Charles Street was completed in 2005 by relatively unknown developers Izak Senbahar and Simon Elias. It is note worthy that these are different developers than 165 Charles Street's companion buildings on Perry Street. Unlike the Perry Street buildings, 165 Charles Street was entirely designed by Richard Meier, both the exteriors and the interiors. When Meier originally announced his intention to build a third building south of the Perry Street buildings, the announcement was met by some resistance and annoyance by owners of the southern Perry Street building, as the construction of 165 Perry Street meant that they were losing their coveted view.[5]

Layout and Features

The lower floors of 165 Charles Street contain several one bedroom apartments, and the building has a full floor penthouse unit. The remaining floors contain a pair of two bedroom apartments, facing out East and West, with the western apartments overlooking the Hudson River.

All apartments in 165 Charles Street have 11 foot high ceilings with floor to ceiling windows, and in contrast to the neighnoring Perry Street buildings, the west facing apartments do not have inset balconies, although they do have large outdoor terraces. The kitchens in this building are outfitted with high performance, premium appliances, and the design for the kitchen has been created specifically to flow around an island unit. 165 Charles Street boasts a self-containing air conditioning and heating system, but the windows have all been installed with double glazed windows to help retain heat naturally.[6]

Floor Plans


165 Charles Street offers multiple luxury amenities, including a 55 foot infinity edge lap pool and a state of the art fitness center. The building houses a 35 leather covered seat cinema that residents can use for private film viewings, a building lounge, a wine cellar, and a garden terrace that overlooks the Hudson River. The lobby is staffed 24 hours a day and there is both a concierge and doorman for the building.[7]


165 Charles Street Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

This building allows both rentals and sublets. Pets are also allowed.


The floor to ceiling windows in this building were designed to let in as much natural light as possible, therefore reducing energy requirements of artificial lights.[8] In addition, all windows in 165 Charles Street are double glazed to help retain hot and cool air naturally. Regardless of these features, this building has not been designated as a Green building.[9]


165 Charles Street received the 2005 Housing Design Award from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. When discussing the design for 165 Charles Street, architect Richard Meier waved any idea that this building would overshadow the success of the Perry buildings, claiming that 165 Charles Street is a cousin, not a sibling of the two. This implied that although the three buildings would be similar, they would still be distinctly different and their own design. It was reported that when the plans for the construction of this building were unveiled, actress Nicole Kidman was not happy to learn that her river view apartment in the neighboring Perry Street apartment was about to lose that view.[10]


  1. Wikipedia
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Not For Tourists Website
  4. Walk Score
  5. City Realty Review
  6. Manhattan Scout
  7. Manhattan Apartments - New York
  8. Saflex Project Profile
  9. Manhattan Scout
  10. City Realty Review

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