200 West End Avenue

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200 West End Avenue, New York City, NY

200 West End Avenue
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200 West End Avenue in the Upper West Side of Manhattan
Building Information
Developer Clarett Group
Architect Costas Kondylis and Partners
Management Company Halstead Management
Number of Units 173
Number of Floors 29
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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200 West End Avenue, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Approximately 20 nearby routes
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R8
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Looking north up West End Avenue
Originally, 200 West End Avenue did not enjoy the reputation that it does today as a sought after residential address in New York. Created as an extension of Eleventh Avenue, West End Avenue runs parallel to the Hudson River between West 59th and West 107th Street where it merges with Broadway.


The purpose of West End Avenue was as a location for the many commercial interests that wanted to be close to the mansions and upscale residences located along Riverside Drive just to the West. The numerous single occupancy hotels that sprang up along West End Avenue brought with them many illegal activities, including drugs and prostitution. By the mid-20th century, the area had developed a reputation of disrepute.


Things began to change in the 1980s when gentrification hit the area. The result is that today, West End Avenue is a quiet stretch of road populated along entirely by residential buildings, including the Apthorp, the Cleburne Building, and 520 West End Avenue. 200 West End Avenue is one of the more recent buildings to populate this road, having been built between 2006 and 2008. It was part of the condominium boom that hit all of New York City during the 2000s.


Developed by the Clarett Group and designed by the famed architectural firm of Costas Kondylis, 200 West End Avenue is a modern, luxury condominium building located mere blocks from Broadway and West 72nd Street, arguably the heart of the fashionable neighborhood of the Upper West Side.[1]


Location

The Upper West Side of Manhattan
Found at the intersection of West 70th Street and West End Avenue, 200 West End Avenue is located in the neighborhood of the Upper West Side, an area of New York with the reputation for attracting workers in the arts and cultural businesses as residents. Originally called the Bloomingdale District, the Upper West Side has a long history as a residential neighborhood, with some areas finding more fortune than others along the way.


The western border is bounded by the Hudson River, along which the upscale Riverside Drive is located. The eastern border runs alongside Central Park and the famous residences of Central Park West, including the San Remo, the Dakota, and the Majestic. To the South is Columbus Circle and Midtown, while the northern border is continually fluctuating, as people tend to disagree as to whether the neighborhood of Morningside Heights is a part of the Upper West Side or whether it is part of Greater Harlem.


There are many tourist destinations with the Upper West Side, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Hayden Planetarium, Columbia University, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and the American Folk Art Museum. Additionally, the Upper West Side is home to many cultural institutions, including Beacon Theater, Merkin Concert Hall, and Lincoln Center, home to the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, and the Juilliard School.[2]


Residents of 200 West End Avenue are within walking distance of numerous stores, restaurants, and transit options and therefore, use of a car is not required to complete their daily errands.[3]


Construction

200 West End Avenue was developed by a partnership between Clarett Group, Prudential Real Estate, and ING/Clarion, under the names Clarett Capital LLC. Coming at a time when a building boom of condominium projects in New York City created a backlog in the sheer number of building permits that were being requested, Clarett was able to get the needed approvals, and in July of 2006, they secured a loan through Hypo Real Estate Capital Corporation for just over $206 million for the construction of the project.[4]


The architectural firm of Costas Kondylis and Partners was hired to design of the building, with Celerie Kemble providing the designs for the interiors. Additionally, Peter Sis was brought in as the designer of the children’s playroom, and Wine Enthusiast created the building’s wine tasting room. Construction on the project began later that year by Bovis Lend Lease, and was completed by 2008.


In June of 2010, Clarett Group sold its stake in the building to ING Clarion Partners in a deal that valued the building at just under $25 million. In July of 2011, the building was sold to the Klein Group, partnered with Alto Private Investments for $31 million.[5]


Layout and Features

Standing 27 stories, 200 West End Avenue is a mixed use building that holds commercial and retail space in the lower floors and 173 apartments in the upper floors. The postmodern design of the building features a glass curtain wall facade that is highlighted by stone borders in the lower floors. There is a setback midway up the building that leads to a glass enclosed tower with the stone borders located in the bottom section of the building located below this setback. With its location on West End Avenue, this building enjoys views of both Manhattan and the Hudson River.[6]

Inside the building, apartments range in size from studios to three bedroom units. These apartments feature floor to ceiling windows, Brazilian Cabreuva hardwood flooring, in suite laundry, and high ceilings. Select units within the building have their own balconies and/or terraces. The kitchens come equipped with Viking appliances, wine coolers, marble and granite counter tops, and white oak wooden cabinetry. The bathrooms feature granite and marble finishes, walnut vanities, dual sinks, glass showers, soaking tubs, and over sized mirrors.[7]

Floor Plans

A selection of floor plans is presented.


Amenities

Residents of 200 West End Avenue enjoy many amenities, including:

  • 24 hour doorman
  • 24 hour concierge
  • Live in superintendent
  • Valet parking
  • Fitness center
  • Resident lounge
  • Billiards room
  • Screening room
  • Children’s playroom
  • Landscaped outdoor terrace
  • Roof deck
  • Wine tasting room and wine cellar
  • Bike room
  • Storage facilities[8]


Bylaws

200 West End Avenue Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • This building allows rentals.
  • There are no age restrictions for this building.
  • This building is pet friendly.

Sustainability

To date, 200 West End Avenue has not received any LEED certifications. Therefore, it is not designated as a green building.

However, there are small steps residents can take to help improve their building’s overall sustainability. Actions such as participating in New York City’s recycling programs and installing more energy efficient appliances when updating their apartments.

Additionally, there are numerous environmentally friendly home products available for use today, and given the accessibility of 200 West End Avenue to various food and retail options, residents could reduce their carbon footprint by walking or taking public transit instead of using a car.[9]

Trivia

Resident Robin Quivers

Robin Quivers, best known as a sidekick to radio personality Howard Stern, has been an owner in this building.[10]

West End Avenue has been home to many famous residents over the years, including:

  • Tina Fey
  • Madeleine L’Engle
  • Judy Collins
  • Ludwig von Mises
  • George Gershwin
  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Joseph Heller
  • Elena Kagan


References

  1. Wikipedia - West End Avenue
  2. Wikipedia - Upper West Side
  3. Walk Score
  4. The Real Deal
  5. Emporis
  6. Cityrealty
  7. NY Bits
  8. Manhattan Miami
  9. Manhattan Scout
  10. Observer


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