345 East 80th Street, New York City, NY
Exterior of East Winds
|Architect||Philip Birnbaum & Associates / Spivak Architects|
|Management Company||Kenilworth Management|
|Number of Units||328|
|Number of Floors||33|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|345 East 80th Street, New York City, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||Within two blocks|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
The East Winds Condominiums was built in 1976 and was originally an apartment rental building. It was converted to a condominium building in 1990, and now offers 328 residences in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Yorkville. Originally designed by Philip Birnbaum & Associates architects, Spivak Architects has been involved in the upkeep work during the building's lifetime.
This investor-friendly building stands as a high-rise structure of 33 stories at the corner of East 80th Street and First Avenue. The area of Yorkville has recently undergone a transformation, and now offers many high-rise luxury residential buildings along with its many entertainment spots.
The neighborhood has a rich history that involves many residents descending from various cultural backgrounds which is today, still evident in the many different architectural buildings that served as churches and parishes for different cultures.
The building allows sublets and rentals, and is therefor an investor friendly condominium with good rental income. The building allows a flexible structure of up to 90% financing. Also offered at the East Winds Condominiums, are modern amenities such as a full-time doorman and concierge, live-in super, common roof deck, on-site garage, central laundry room, and bicycle storage.
Yorkville offers many entertainment places, restaurants, markets, shopping, and services, including easy access to public transportation. Some of the great gourmet markets and restaurants nearby the East Winds Condominiums include Agata and Valentina, Eli's Manhattan, Sistina, Nica Trattoria, Beyoglu, Flex Mussels, and Toloache and shopping from Lester's, Pookie & Sebastian, and Scoop.
There are also many outdoor areas within walking distance from the building, including Carl Schurz Park (which is the home of the Gracie Mansion) for which the area of Yorkville is known. Other nearby outdoor places include John Jay Park, Henderson Place Historic District with many landmark architectural and historical buildings, Ruppert Park, Dekovats Park, Saint Catherine's Park, and the Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue.
Nearby schools include The Caedmon School, Manhattan New School, Rudolf Steiner Upper School, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Baylard Taylor School, and Birch Wathen Lenox School. There are over 20 different public transportation routes nearby; the closest subway station is located at 77th Street and Lexington Avenue.
A canopied, step-up entrance off the quiet, tree-lined, single-lane traffic street of East 80th leads to the grand lobby of East Winds Condominiums. The setback building provides a landscaped, grassy area at its front exposure, which is slightly set above the street level and surrounded by brick.
This concrete tower of 33 stories has a wide frontage on East 80th Street, and the front exposure features two columns of protruding, angular balconies with iron railings that scale the entire height of the building. The front exposure also features consistent fenestration with symmetrical lines of windows and air conditioning vents. The building's façade is vertical in orientation with a beige brick and brown color scheme. The building stands at a total of 101.08 meters tall.
The side exposures of the building feature setbacks and more columns of balconies. The flat roof line provides for a common rooftop patio and some private terraces as well. Since 1992, Spivak Architects has been involved with the maintenance work of the building. They have provided services such as tenant renovations and façade repairs.
Work on the building includes the replacement of all the original windows with new double-pane aluminum units, as well as a new roof, and repair work to all the deteriorated concrete balconies. The original fiberglass panels on the balcony railings were replaced with aluminum pickets. A major facade repair program was completed as well.
Layout and Features
With mainly one, two, and three bedroom layouts, East Winds Condominiums caters mainly to singles, couples, and small families. There are some duplex-style floor plans as well, and the majority of the plans include private outdoor balconies and many windows for ample natural lighting in the interiors.
Other layout features include large entrance foyers, generously bedrooms, large living rooms with wall-to-wall windows, separate home offices, and many formal dining rooms. Kitchens are often windowed and offer large eat-in styles.
Kitchens are often accompanied with adjacent dining rooms, and many of the kitchens throughout the building have been individually updated with modern finishes such as stainless steel appliances, new flooring and lighting, modern counter tops and back splashes, and updated fixtures.
The master suites are large enough for a king-sized beds and have ample closet space as well as spa-like en-suite bathrooms that are also often updated with modern finishes.
Over sized ceiling heights and fluid floor plans increase the feeling of openness provided in each of the residences. Many of the homes also still feature their original parquet hardwood floors, proving the sustainability of this durable finishing. Other features include crown moldings and in-unit washers and dryers.
Just over 70 floor plans are available. Here is a brief overview.
Amenities offered at East Winds include:
- Common Roof Deck
- Bike Room
- Laundry in Building
- Live-in Super
- On-site Parking
- Video Security
- Package Room
|East Winds Bylaws|
- Pets are allowed
- Rentals and pied-a-terre are allowed
- 90% financing is allowed
There are many public transportation options within the nearby vicinity of the East Winds Condominiums, which contributes significantly to the overall sustainability of the building because it allows another option for commuting to the residents. Enterprise CarShare is located within a one minute walk from the doorstep of the building, and other nearby car share programs include RelayRides, ZipCar, and Hertz on Demand. The area is also suitable for bike riding.
The interiors in the building often still feature their original parquet hardwood floors, which prove themselves again and again to be a sustainable, durable, and long-lasting material.
Interior upgrades often include energy-efficient in-unit laundry, appliances, and lighting. The large windows allow for plenty of natural lighting in the interiors, and some interiors have upgraded the washrooms with flow-conscious fixtures.
The building also has a durable structural and façade material, and has recently been updated with new double-pane aluminum windows.
One of the markers of the rich history of Yorkville is located just one block south of the East Winds Condominiums. Located at 413 East 79th Street is the Church of St. Monica, or St. Monica's Church, which is a Roman Catholic parish church in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, originally established in 1879.
As the fourth Catholic parish in all of the Upper East Side, St. Monica's was founded by Fr. John Treanor, who was a pastor at the then St. Lawrence O'Toole, which is now the well-known Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. Fr. James J. Dougherty was the initial pastor of the church, which he began conducting mass through in 1880; this was originally done over a feed store at 404 East 78th Street. The following year, he purchased land at 409 E 79th Street which then became the building site for the church and school, and construction of the first church building was completed in 1883.
The current Gothic Revival designed church was built in 1906 and designed by the then esteemed architectural firm of Schickel & Ditmars, who specialized in Roman-Catholic church buildings. Built in 1955 and accomplished by the designs of architect Brown-Guenther-Boss, the three story convent at 405–413 East 79th Street was constructed at the time for $275,000 (a current value of $2.3 million).
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