500 West End Avenue

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500 West End Avenue, New York City, NY

500 West End Avenue
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Exterior of 500 West End Avenue
Building Information
Developer Property Markets Group
Architect Schwartz & Gross
Number of Units 109
Number of Floors 13
Year Built 1914
Construction Method Concrete
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500 West End Avenue, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10-A
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Street View of 500 West End Avenue

Built in an era where the poor remained poor and the rich got richer, 500 West End Avenue offered luxury apartment housing for the upper-class and was completed in 1914. More recently the structure has been converted to condominium residences, and has continued to house luxury residences for illustrious residents.

The conversion was completed in 2001 by Property Markets Group, of which Kevin Maloney and Elliot Joseph are the Principals, and now offers 109 residences of different sizes and layouts. Offering strictly luxury homes ranging from $1 to $10 million in price, the layouts range from 1,000 to 4,000 square feet.

The exterior of the building can easily reference the luxury of the homes found inside its four walls, and was originally designed by architect Schwartz & Gross for its early 1900s debut.

500 West End Avenue is ideally situated in the Upper West Side, which has historically been known to house the most resplendent residents of New York City, as well as the most luxurious homes.

Many of the residents in the Upper West Side commute to Midtown Manhattan for their professions. Just a couple blocks from the Hudson River and within close walking distance to all that Broadway has to offer in terms of entertainment and lifestyle, 500 West End Avenue is perfectly situated and is also not far from the breathing space and relaxation at Central Park.[1]



Location

Situated at the corner of West End Avenue and West 84th Street, 500 West End Avenue is known as one of the convenient locations in the Riverside neighborhood of the Upper West Side.

There are many local eateries, cafes, services, and retail stores within walking distance from the building. The neighborhood is also well suited to raising a family, with the many well-reputed schools it offers. With a school crosswalk directly outside the door of 500 West End Avenue, the residential, family atmosphere becomes immediately evident. Nearby schools include Mickey Mantle School, Metropolitan Montessori School, The Calhoun School, Success Academy Upper West, and Louis D Brandeis High School.

Nearby outdoor attractions include Riverside Park and Promenade along the shore of the Hudson River, where residents can enjoy jogging and cycling trails, as well as dog-friendly areas. The West 79th Street Boat Basin, Arthur Ross Pinetum at Central Park, and Central Park's many other activities include other outdoor visiting spots. The Sailors and Soldiers Monument at Riverside Park is another commonly visited spot for the locals in this neighborhood of the Upper West Side.

There are 15 nearby public transportation options. The nearest subway station is located at West 86th Street and Broadway, just two blocks north. Broadway provides daily entertainment, along with great restaurants and shopping.[2]

Construction

Exterior of 500 West End Avenue

With a two story limestone base and a blue canopied entrance, 500 West End Avenue exudes a welcoming warmth off the tree-lined, residential atmosphere of West End Avenue. The structure also features historical depth with its attractive brown-brick exterior and façade ornamentation.

A cornice, protruding air-conditioners, consistent fenestration, and symmetrical columns of windows can be noted on the building' exterior design. The building underwent a conversion to condominium residences in 2001, and now offers 111 residences over its 13 floors.

There are no balconies in the building, but there are several decorative overhangs scattered across the building's front and side exposures which create the illusion of balconies. There are also two overhangs at the fourth and eleventh levels, as well as a slight overhang at the building's flat roof-line.

The building, at first glance, is quite straight-forward in its design, and appears to be a simple concrete slab structure. But looking closer at the building's West 84th Street exposure, a deep inset can be noted that almost slices the building into two separate structures creating a communal courtyard garden.
Common Courtyard
[3]

Layout and Features

Beautiful pre-war details remain in each of the layouts, which range in size, reaching up to 4,000 square feet. Detailed herringbone hardwood floors, great light exposure, and high ceiling heights are found throughout, as well as grand foyer entrance, ample closet space, and fluid floor plans.

One of the most notable residences in the building is a Penthouse unit that was recently for sale, for the first time ever. This unique home is a mansion in the sky, offering a rooftop, heated swimming pool that is enclosed by modern, removable glass panels. This massive, 3,800 square foot four bedroom, four and a half bathroom duplex-style home, is one most New Yorker's could only dream of. But let's not forget to mention the 4,400 square feet of wraparound, outdoor terrace space provided as well.

The private elevator brings residents and visitors of this home directly into the elegant foyer, and the full-floor residence also boasts four exposures with light from all directions and views to match. An onyx filled powder bathroom is offered on the main level, as well as the eat-in gourmet kitchen and sun-drenched living room with its wood-burning fireplace.

The landscaped terrace with automatic irrigation and custom audio system allows for a spectacular outdoor getaway. The home also offers a formal dining room, breakfast bar, library (which can be utilized as the fourth bedroom), a unique granite staircase, and a master suite with a fireplace and a grandiose size of 23 x 15 feet. Two walk-in closets, a sky-lit master bathroom, and 2 additional junior suites with en-suite bathrooms complete the upper level.

This white glove building offers a 24 hour concierge, doorman, bike storage, live-in superintendent, three elevators, a common laundry room, and a common courtyard.[4]

Floor Plans

There are 18 floor plans available for 500 West End Avenue. Here is a brief overview.


Amenities

Amenities offered at 500 West End Avenue include:

  • Doorman
  • Concierge
  • Live-In Super
  • Three Elevators
  • Common Laundry
  • Courtyard Garden


Bylaws

500 West End Avenue Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • Pets are allowed
  • Rentals and pied-a-terre are allowed
  • There are no age restrictions on ownership

Sustainability

Built with durable concrete, brick, and limestone materials, 500 West End Avenue is a long-standing building with a durable structure that has not required much maintenance over its lifetime. The multiple overhangs at the building's exterior have also helped to direct water away from the building's façade, helping to maintain the integrity of the building and avoid water ingress.

The interiors throughout the building still feature their original herringbone hardwood floors. Each of the homes is filled with natural light, which helps to keep the energy usage low. Energy-efficient upgrades throughout the building include energy efficient appliances and lighting, sustainable materials in the finishes throughout the residences, and upgraded double-pane windows.

The building is nearby public transportation, many shops and restaurants on Broadway, and within walking distance to car and bike share programs, all of which encourage the residents to lead a sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle.

Trivia

Historical Photo of the New York Stock Exchange Building
  • 500 West End Avenue was constructed in an exciting or devastating era, depended on which class you were from, and in a particular year where there were many interesting happenings. Some of America's history during the year of 1914 includes the following:
    • Ford Motor Company was one of the first in America to introduce the 40 hour work week movement, or the eight hour work day, which has its origins in the Industrial Revolution in Britain. The eight hour work day is what most Americans experience today.
    • Violent deaths occurred during the April 20, 1914, Ludlow Massacre, which was an attack by the Colorado National Guard and Colorado Fuel & Iron Company camp guards on 1,200 striking coal miners and their families in Ludlow, Colorado at a tent colony. Several men were killed, and continued battling ended in the fatality of 2 women and 11 children. John D. Rockefeller Jr., the chief mine owner, was ridiculed for the happenings.
    • In August of 1914, the New York Stock Exchange was closed due to war in Europe, where nearly all stock exchanges were already closed. In November of the same year the New York Stock Exchange re-opens for bond trading.[5]


References

  1. Property Markets Group
  2. Walk Score
  3. City Realty
  4. Street Easy
  5. Wikipedia


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