Chelsea Modern

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447 West 18th Street, New York City

Chelsea Modern

The Chelsea Modern located on West 18th Street in West Chelsea
Building Information
Developer Madison Equities
Architect Audrey Matlock
Number of Units 47
Number of Floors 12
Year Built 2009
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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447 West 18th Street, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R8A
Title of Land Condominium



The Chelsea Modern replaced two warehouses along West 18th when it began construction in 2006. The architect is Audrey Matlock and to date, the Chelsea Modern has won seven architectural design awards.


The Chelsea Modern is located on the west side of the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City. Chelsea is bordered by Hell's Kitchen on the north, NoMad and the Flatiron District to the east and the Meat packing District and the West Village along the south.

Chelsea was primarily an industrial area in the 19th century attracting many immigrants to settle in the area. By the early 20th century, Chelsea had become a hub of art and culture with a theater district led by Pike's Opera House and film studios that produced many films prior to World War I. Today Chelsea is a mostly residential neighborhood with a thriving art gallery scene that has established Chelsea as a prime destination for contemporary art.

The Chelsea Modern has a walk score of 98 out of 100, defining it as a "walker's paradise" by the Walk Score website. Daily errands do not require a car. Its transit score is 100 out of 100.


The Chelsea Modern was built by Madison Equities, a Real Estate developer responsible for such renowned New York buildings such as The Galleria, The Waterford, and The W Times Square. Construction began in 2006 and was completed in 2008. The unique "push-out" windows that were developed for the Chelsea Modern have now become a standard feature with Madison Equities recent projects.

Layout and Features

Units in the Chelsea Modern have many features, including individually designed kitchens with high end appliances, in-residence washers and dryers, maple flooring, and private balconies and/or terraces. The windows of the Chelsea Modern's glass facade open outwards parallel to the building, a unique feature that allows for air to pass through all four sides of the window into the unit. With the gallery culture in mind, the units in the Chelsea Modern boast nine foot high ceilings to give plenty of room to properly display artwork. The bathrooms in the Chelsea Modern contain fog free vanity mirrors. In addition to the units within the building, the Chelsea Modern also has four duplex apartments, each with their own street level entrance.

Floor Plans

Due to the unique design of the building, nearly every unit in the Chelsea Modern has its own individual floor plan. A sampling has been included below.


The Chelsea Modern has many amenities, including a lobby that is staffed 24/7 with both a Doorman and a Concierge, bicycle storage, a cold storage room, and individual storage spaces available for purchase. Outside, there is a private landscaped garden for residents to enjoy that contains a reflecting pool, a fountain and rock garden. This is in addition to the private landscaped garden found on the roof. Finally, there is a fitness center that contains both cardio and resistance training equipment, a steam room, and a stretching area.


Chelsea Modern Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

The Chelsea Modern allows pets and rentals. There is no age restriction.


The glass facade of the Chelsea Modern was built combining a clear glass and a tinted blue glass to combine for a solar heat gain coefficient of 28%-38%. All appliances in the kitchens are high performance.


In 2005, Audrey Matlock's design was awarded an Excellence in Architecture Award from the American Institute of Architects. This was followed in 2006 with an Honor from the Society of American Registered Architects, with both awards coming before the building had opened. Additional awards include the Best High Rise in New York from CNBC/New York Times. In 2008, the unusual window design, whereas the windows open directly outwards, parallel to the building, was mocked in Wired New York, which pondered why a person would want to live in an apartment where they couldn't lean out of their window to yell at people on the street.


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