Maison East

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1438 Third Avenue, New York City, NY

Maison East

Maison East, on the upper east side of New York
Building Information
Developer Broad Street Development
Architect Wechsler, Grasso & Menzius
Management Company Douglas Elliman Property
Number of Units 87
Number of Floors 31
Year Built 1985
Construction Method Concrete
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1438 Third Avenue, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning CI-9
Title of Land Condominium



Turnberry Tower, as it was then called, was a popular upper east side rental apartment complex with 147 units. Throughout its history, the building attracted a very mixed demographic. It was sold in 2004 for about $85 million to Broad Street Development, who spent about $15 million converting it into 87 condominium units.


At the time of the conversion, there were some complaints of 'gentrification' as existing renters felt forced out. In 2006, Broad Street partnered with Prudential Douglas Elliman to sell the redeveloped units. Potential buyers have expressed concern about high monthly taxes (because the tax authorities do not recognize this development as 'new' there is no tax abatement).


Entrance to Maison East

Maison East is located in the upper east side of Manhattan at Third Avenue and 81st Street. Since it is higher than many of the surrounding buildings (thanks to long-standing air rights), units in the upper floors have unobstructed views of Central Park to the west, and good views of the New York skyline. While there are no complementary fitness facilities, residents of Maison East can access an affordable 14,000 square-foot gym on the ground floor of the building through a private entrance.

Maison East has a reasonably pleasant ambiance, but is subject to considerable traffic noise, as well as the occasional fire truck. It's also not particularly close to the water or the city center. It is, however, close to Central Park, Museum Mile, Madison Avenue, shopping, supermarkets, and restaurants. Maison East is located in public school district two, which encompasses many of Manhattan's wealthier neighborhoods and contains some of its most sought after schools (although some of these are becoming overcrowded due to new building development in the area).

The area is a 'walker's paradise' in which daily errands do not require a car, with just about every type of desirable vendor being within walking distance. This address also scores a perfect '100' for transit options (in close proximity to more than 25 bus and rail routes) and is also very bike-able, with flat geography and some bike lanes.[1]


Maison East is a beige brick, mid-block tower that stands 285 feet tall. Built in the modernist style, it has a single story rusticated limestone base and is set back at the 2nd and 9th floors. The building was designed to highlight height and outdoor space. The architecture has a unified design with consistent fenestration, nice balconies, and good local visibility, but is otherwise unimpressive. On the plus side, all the windows in Maison East were replaced in 2010, making it one of the quietest buildings in the upper east side.[2]

Layout and Features

Maison East units possess a sense of individual and distinct homes, ranging from 773 to 1,773 square feet. There are 20 different floor plans, some of which are truly one of a kind, and nearly all of which have balconies or terraces. There is, however, no green space associated with this development.[3]

In 2006, the units were updated with crisp contemporary decor and have lots of natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows. Each renovated unit features marble bathrooms, brand name fixtures, hardwood strip floors, stainless steel appliances, and an in-suite washer and dryer. Residents of the building have said that the lack of an on-site garage is a bit of an inconvenience (although there are a number of garages in the area).

Floor Plans

Maison East offers 20 unique floor plans. Here are a few examples:


  • 24 hour concierge and doorman
  • Bicycle room
  • Children's play area
  • Storage bins


Maison East Bylaws
Rentals yes
Pets yes
Age no
Barbecues yes

Pet friendly, and the board allows pied-a-terre and sublets.

No age restrictions - many of the initial buyers were young families.


Having been built before sustainability in construction became a widespread concern, this building is not LEED certified. Therefore, this building is not considered a green building.

However, the window replacement project undertaken in 2010 made climate control in each unit more efficient, reducing the building's energy needs.

Given Maison East's proximity to public transit and other amenities, residents can also reduce their carbon footprint by walking, biking, or taking transit for most trips, as well as by taking part in New York's recycling programs.


  • When this building was still a rental apartment complex, it was known for its 'just-out-of-college' party lifestyle.
  • Alicia Keys is an alumna of the near-by Professional Performing Arts High School.
  • New York Socialite Nan Kempner donated her extensive wardrobe to the next door Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Thrift Store in 2005 (the collection was previously the subject of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum).


  1. Walk Score
  2. Street Easy
  3. Street Easy

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