Charlton House

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2 Charlton Street, New York City

Charlton House

Charlton House Cooperative in SoHo
Building Information
Developer Harry Nessler
Number of Units 176
Number of Floors 17
Year Built 1966
Construction Method Concrete
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2 Charlton Street, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Over 50 nearby routes
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R7 - 2
Title of Land Cooperative



Charlton House is a 17-story red-brick building that is situated in the Charlton-King-Vandam Historic District in the South Village of Manhattan. This building has the distinction of being the last building to be constructed in this district before its landmark status prevented any further development in 1966, and although once a rental building, Charlton House is now a full service cooperative residence.[1]


Located on Charlton Street in the South Village area of Greenwich Village, Charlton House has the distinction of standing on one of New York City’s most historic streets. Indeed, the three block area around Charlton Street was designated the Charlton-King-Vandam Historic District in 1966 by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Committee, and later was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

This district began life as a part of Richmond Hill, the estate and mansion that was listed as among the most beautiful mansions in New York City by the mid-18th century. This house was used by George Washington during the American Revolutionary War and was Vice President John Adams’ residence during Washington’s presidency. The property was later bought by future Vice President Aaron Burr. It was Burr who mapped out the three street grid that stands today.

The property later fell into the hands of John Jacob Astor in the early 19th century and he began to develop the land. The lots were sold off to builders and the Greek Revival townhouses and Federal style row houses that the area is famous for were constructed in the 1820s. Many of those houses still stand to this day and they were a major contributing factor to the area’s landmark status.[2]

With a walk score and a transit score of 100 out of 100, residents of Charlton House do not require a car to complete their daily errands, as they are within walking distance of numerous restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, grocery stores, home services, and transit options.[3]


Charlton House is a post-war red-brick building designed in the Modernist style of architecture. In the early 1960s, developer Harry Nessler acquired the land along Charlton Street and Vandam Street where a truck depot, a couple of residences, a vacant lot, and a seven story tenement stood and demolished them all.[4]

In their place he built the 17 story building that is now known at Charlton House, with construction beginning in 1965 and finishing in 1966. Originally a rental building, Charlton House was converted into cooperative residences in 1981.[5]

Layout and Features

Standing 17 stories, Charlton House contains 176 apartments ranging in size from studios to three bedroom units. The top floor contains the building’s penthouses, of which some are duplexes. There are no balconies in this building, but select units in the upper floors do have terraces.

Converted into a cooperative building in 1981, the apartments have been updated and renovated by their owners over the years, and therefore, the features and finishes will vary from unit to unit.

Some listed features include spacious floor plans, hard wood flooring, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and wooden cabinetry.[6]

Floor Plans

With over 30 floor plans available, a selection is presented.


The Charlton House is staffed by full time doormen and security attendants, as well as a live-in superintendent. Additional amenities include a shared garden, some shared terraces, a laundry room, an elevator, a bicycle room, and a parking garage.[7]


Charlton House Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

  • This building is pet friendly
  • Rentals are permitted
  • There are no age restrictions for ownership[8]


Built in 1966, Charlton House was constructed long before the era of awareness for sustainable living. Therefore, residents are individually responsible for contributing to the building’s overall sustainability.

This can be accomplished by choosing to walk and take transit given the building’s favorable walk and transit scores, by participating in New York City’s recycling programs, and by installing energy efficient materials and appliances when updating and/or renovating the apartments.


  • The street block on which Charlton House is located was once named one of New York City’s best streets by Time Out Magazine.[9]
  • Due to the street’s landmark status as a historic district in 1966, Charlton House was the last, and therefore the newest building to be built in the Charlton-King-Vandam Historic District.[10]


  1. Greenwich Village Block Association
  2. Wikipedia - Charlton King Vandam Historic District
  3. Walk Score
  4. Emporis
  5. Greenwich Village Block Association
  6. Elliman
  7. Street Easy
  8. Zillow
  9. Street Easy
  10. Greenwich Village Block Association

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