239 Central Park West

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239 Central Park West, New York City, NY

239 Central Park West
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Exterior View of 239 Central Park West
Building Information
Developer Pending
Architect Sugarman & Berger / Henry S. Lion
Management Company Brown Harris Stevens
Number of Units 75
Number of Floors 15
Year Built 1926
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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239 Central Park West, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10A
Title of Land Cooperative


Contents

Background

Street View of 239 Central Park West

Designed by Henry S. Lion and Sugarman & Berger, 239 Central Park West is a historic and prestigious white glove cooperative building, offering 75 residences over its modest 15 floors, some of which are duplex-style homes.

Built in 1926 and converted to a cooperative in 1980, this historic beauty features many old-world, intricate designs on its exterior and also offers historic charm in its many luxurious, commonly modernized interior residences. The building is known for being impeccably maintained and is fully staffed with a full time doorman, elevator operator, and live in superintendent. The building also includes amenities like multiple central laundry facilities, a bike room and on-site storage.

Situated in the Central Park West neighborhood of the Upper West Side, 239 Central Park West offers its residents a prime location overlooking the happenings and nature of the highly visited Central Park. The building is conveniently located nearby public transportation, and exudes the confidence of a sought-after address in the artistic and upscale neighborhood of the Upper West Side.

Different sized layouts are offered in the building, ranging from 1,800 square foot two bedrooms to large residences suited to families, with up to four bedrooms and 2,600 square feet of living space.[1]



Location

239 Central Park West is situated on Central Park West between 83rd and 84th Streets, and shares the block with another cooperative building named the Bolivar at 230 Central Park West. The nearest subway station entrance is situated at 81st Street and Central Park West, as well as two more at 79th Street and 86th Street on Broadway.

Although the building has a Central Park West address, its entrance is situated on the quiet one-way tree-lined street of West 84th Street. Central Park West is highly-trafficked, offering two-way traffic north and south along the border of Central Park. There are over 25 different public transportation routes within walking distance from the building.

Nearby outdoor attractions that are within walking distance from the building include Diana Ross Playground and Arthur Ross Pinetum at Central Park, Theodore Roosevelt Park, Hayden Planetarium, and American Museum of Natural History, as well as Joan of Arc Park and the Hudson River Greenway along the coast of the Hudson River, which lies just a quick walk west of the building.

Nearby schools include Rodeph Sholom School, Sarah Anderson School, Frank McCourt High School, and Urban Assembly for Green Careers. Nearby churches include Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church and Romanian Orthodox Church. There are many restaurants, coffee shops, specialty service stores, and retail boutiques within the area, as well as a good cross-town bus service, nearby metro stations, and car share programs.[2]

Construction

Design Feature of 239 Central Park West
Exterior of 239 Central Park West

239 Central Park West is a neo-Renaissance architectural, pre-war landmark building that was designed by Henry S. Lion and Sugarman & Berger architects. Italian Gothic design elements are featured at the building's exterior, with lion sculptures at the building's side street entrance of 84th Street, as well as gods and goddesses carved around the windows at the building's exterior.

String-courses highlight every third floor of the building. Built with concrete in 1926, the historic building features a three-story stone base with an exterior façade of light tan bricks and terracotta detailing encompassing the remainder of the 15 story, 161 foot tall structure. The flat roof-line of the building creates a durable and sturdy appearance, and also provides for a slight overhang to prevent water ingress. The building underwent its conversion to a cooperative building in 1980.[3]

Layout and Features

239 Central Park West is comprised of different sized layouts that range from two, three, and four bedroom residences with approximate sizes of 1,800 square feet to 2,600 square feet.

Many of these layouts include fireplaces and high-end finishes that have been recently modernized. Interiors, however, remain reminiscent of a French design with character and history in their details; mosaic and parquet hardwood floors - many of which have been refinished - are still featured in many of the residences, and the white-coated ceiling beams are found throughout, providing an elegantly rustic touch. Double windows allow plenty of natural light to brighten the spaces.

A particular residence in the building offers three bedrooms and three bathrooms with a grand entrance foyer and a north facing living room with a wood-burning fireplace and modernized mantel. Custom designed window treatments are found throughout the residence, as well as a separate, formal dining room that has been opened to the kitchen; the kitchen features a unique limestone counter top with a six burner Viking stove, double oven, vented hood, Subzero refrigerator and Miele dishwasher. This residence has also been updated with an in-unit washer and dryer, as well as abundant storage space.

The master bedrooms throughout the building are large and feature gracious walk-in closets with dressing areas, as well as spa-like master en-suite bathrooms, many of which have also been renovated with modern finishes. Common updated finishes include marble and custom vanities.

Many of the second and third bedrooms throughout the larger sized layouts also feature en-suite bathrooms and rare walk-in closets. Refinished hardwood floors, new hardware, crown moldings, designer lighting, and solid core doors are found throughout.

Central air conditioning is another feature throughout the building, and some residences have also been rewired for electricity, audio, and video. Centralized systems control sound, video, and climate control throughout the select residences in the building.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 19 floor plans available at 239 Central Park West. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at 239 Central Park West include:

  • Bike Room
  • Multi-Floor Central Laundry
  • Full-Time Doorman
  • Live-in Superintendent
  • Elevator with Elevator Operator
  • Storage


Bylaws

239 Central Park West Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • The building is pet-friendly
  • 50% financing is allowed
  • Rentals and pied-a-terre are allowed

Sustainability

239 Central Park West, which was originally constructed of durable materials and an efficient technique in 1926, remains a well-maintained and long-standing building, due to its strong concrete structure. Its exterior design and cladding has also prevented any water ingress damage to the building, and has thereby marked itself as a sustainable building with little maintenance requirements.

Residences at 239 Central Park West feature the following eco-friendly features:

  • Energy star rated appliances
  • Low-energy light sources
  • Natural light from multiple windows
  • Double-pane, energy-efficient windows
  • Sustainable materials like hardwood, limestone, and marble

The building is situated in a central location overlooking Central Park, with several nearby public transportation routes and car share programs at the doorstep of the building. These features allow residents to partake in an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle that is beneficial to everyone, including the planet.

Trivia

New Yorker Hotel, designed by Sugarman & Berger
  • Designed by Sugarman & Berger, 239 Central Park West is among many intricate designs by this eclectic architecture firm. Henry M. Sugarman, who died in 1946, was an American architect who was educated at the National Academy of Design as well as Columbia University, and founded his architecture firm of Sugarman & Berger in 1926, which was originally named Sugarman, Hess & Berger. Alongside Berger, Sugarman designed roughly 30 buildings in the United States, but was also involved in architectural work in Europe, where he had received part of his education.
  • During the 1920s, although not widely famous, Sugarman & Berger employed a talented architecture firm alongside their colleague architects like Emery Roth. Many of the buildings they designed, like 239 Central Park West, are still durably standing today and offer luxury residences with prestigious residents calling them home. Some of their more well-known buildings including the New Yorker Hotel, the 43 story hotel building at 481 Eighth Avenue, as well as the Mayfair Hotel in Philadelphia, and the Long Beach Hospital on Long Island. They are also responsible for the design of the large "White House" building of New York City, which is a neighboring building of 239 Central Park West, also overlooking the highly-visited and expansive oasis of Central Park.[5]
  • Famous residents at 239 Central Park West have included Jeff Zucker, NBC chief, who sold his 16 room, 11th and 12th floor duplex in 2005 for $15.7 million. Marti Meyerson, the daughter of the former chairman of Perot Systems Morton Meyerson, now resides in the upscale duplex.


References

  1. City Realty
  2. Walk Score
  3. Dwellings NYC
  4. Street Easy
  5. Wikipedia


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