400 East 67th Street, New York City
The Laurel in Lenox Hill, Manhattan
|Architect||Costas Kondylis & Partners|
|Number of Units||129|
|Number of Floors||31|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|400 East 67th Street, New York City|
|Distance to Public Transit||48 nearby routes|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Zoning||C1 - 9|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
The Laurel offers residents both the prestige of an Upper East Side address and the magnificent views of the East River with its location at the eastern edge of the Upper East Side neighborhood. Furthermore, this residential condominium building was designed by the award winning architectural firm of Costas Kondylis & Partners, and has the distinction of being one of the few LEED certified buildings in its neighborhood.
With its luxury amenities, world class fitness facilities, and green conscious, the Laurel is a highly sought after building in one of New York City’s most affluent neighborhoods.
Located on the southeast corner of East 67th Street and First Avenue, the Laurel is located in the neighborhood of the Upper East Side, specifically in the area known as Lenox Hill. Named after the Scottish merchant Robert Lenox, Lenox Hill forms the lower end of the Upper East Side, bordered by Central Park to the West, 72nd Street to the North, the East River to the East, and Midtown Manhattan starting at 59th Street to the South. Originally a farmer’s haven, Lenox’s son James divided his father’s land into building lots, selling most of them off in the late 19th century, and donating land for the Union Theological Seminary and the Lenox Library, where the Frick Collection now stands.
The “hill” in Lenox Hill came about during World War I, when the German Hospital was renamed due to the anti-German sentiment of the time. Due to the fact that the neighborhood of Murray Hill in Midtown Manhattan was and still is an extremely fashionable area of New York City, it is speculated that Lenox Hill co-opted the moniker in an attempt imitate its southern neighbor. 
With both a walk score and transit score of 100 out of 100, residents of the Laurel do not require a car to complete their daily errands, as they are close to an abundance of food, shopping, home services, and transit options. With a bike score of 72 out of 100, cyclists will appreciate the many excellent bicycle lanes nearby and the flat grades.
The Laurel sits on the location originally occupied by the Bethany Memorial Church, a building that was constructed in 1910 and designed by Nelson & Van Wagenen. In the mid 2000s, developer Alexico Group, led by Izak Senbahar and Simon Elias, purchased the property for $143 million, and hired the firm of Costas Kondylis & Partners to design a residential condominium building. Designed in the Modernist style of architecture, construction began in 2007 and was completed in 2009. The Laurel is noted for its facade of Indiana limestone and its certification as a LEED certified building.
Layout and Features
Standing at 31 stories, this residential condominium building has a sleek facade composed of glass and Indiana limestone, with access gained through a revolving door entrance situated under a glass entrance marquee. The apartments within the Laurel range in size from studios to four bedroom units, with 129 units altogether in the building. Features of the apartments include over sized ceilings, white oak hard wood flooring, a four pipe fan coil system that gives residents the capability of year round climate control, high performance windows, and Bosch washers and dryers.
Kitchens within the Laurel have white marble counter tops, high gloss white lacquer lower cabinets, frosted panel upper cabinets, white glass back splash tiles, Sub Zero refrigerators and wine chillers, Gaggenau stainless steel ovens, cook tops, and dishwashers, GE microwaves, In-Sink-Erator stainless steel disposals, and glass sliding entrance doors.
The bathrooms feature heated white marble mosaic floors, marble walls, Magic Mirror integrated LCD screens inside the over sized mirrors, Zuma soaking tubs, Vola polished Chrome fixtures, full height linen closets, and Duravit Starck 2 Series water closets. 
With over 100 floor plan available, a selection is presented.
The Laurel comes with many luxurious amenities, including several aimed at those who lead an active lifestyle. These include:
- 24 hour concierge
- 24 hour doorman
- Live in superintendent
- Bicycle room
- Bi-level fitness and Triathlon Training Center
- Weight room
- 50 foot lap pool
- Steam room
- Screening room
- Conference room
- Catering kitchen
- Four children’s play areas
- Laundry room
- Storage facilities
- This building allows rentals, pied-a-terre, and sublets.
- This building is pet friendly.
- There are no age restrictions for this building.
This building is LEED certified and is therefore, designated as a green building.
The Laurel has many green initiatives, including water efficient landscaping, energy efficient appliances such as non ozone repleting refrigerants, low emitting materials, locally sourced manufacturing and materials, extensive recycling campaigns, recycled construction materials, apartment layouts that optimize exposure to daylight, and storage rooms for alternative transportation such as bicycles.
- New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was a tenant of this building, renting a four bedroom unit in 2012.
- The Laurel broke a First Avenue sales record in 2011, when the penthouse sold for just over $11 million, at the time the highest individual unit sale for First Avenue.
- In 2011, the Laurel was featured on an episode of HGTV’s Selling New York.
- Wikipedia - Lenox Hill
- Walk Score
- The Laurel official site
- New Construction Manhattan
- Manhattan Scout
- The Laurel official site
- Curbed NY - Ichiro's Apartment Hunt
- Curbed NY - 1st Avenue Record Breaker
- Curbed NY - Selling New York
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