Saint James Tower

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415 East 54th Street, New York City

Saint James Tower

A ground-level view of the building that brought luxury apartments back to Manhattan
Building Information
Developer Michael Stevens
Architect Emery Roth and Sons
Number of Units 108
Number of Floors 31
Year Built 1982
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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415 East 54th Street, New York City
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R10
Title of Land Condominium



Manhattan's midtown defines 'downtown living' and residents of Saint James Tower get to live that experience everyday. 415 East 54th Street offers residents high-end amenities, a convenient location in a bustling community and a modern architecture style that, it has been argued, helped to change the architecture style of new buildings in Manhattan for the better. There is little doubt, then, why Saint James Tower has been highly in demand for both renters and buyers since its construction in 1982.[1]


Midtown East offers some of the best community amenities available anywhere. Steps from public transit and less than a mile from Grand Central and Penn Stations, accessibility to both for those living in the neighborhood and Saint James Tower is not a concern. Few locations can give individuals the 'city feel' offered to residents at 415 East 54th Street, in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Residents of Saint James Tower live close to an important center of Geo-politics, situated less than a half-mile away from the United Nations. The Financial District, too, is easily accessible from 145 East 54th Street.[2]

Aside from being an important global economic and political center, it is also home to excellent shopping and convenient food markets. The area is known for very good schools. Green space of varying shapes and sizes is easily accessible as Central Park is just over a mile away. Both entertainment and museums are local, a number of museums are less than a mile away, including the Museum of Modern Art. Storied Sutton Place is a block away and the east river, just steps further.[3]


Developed by Michael Stevens and designed by Emery Roth & Sons, Saint James Tower's concrete structure is hidden beneath a warm, purple brick facade. The developer has been quoted as saying that the building is "a palace for a privileged clientele". Along with other contemporary towers have also been described as the first attempt to bring back the idea of a luxury apartment building to New York City in the post-war period.[4]

Layout and Features

Units in this building consist of the one, two, and three bedroom types, each with a number of layout variations.

Programmable lights help increase visibility in the units.

Hardwood floors and floor-ceiling windows are standard in the units.

Bathrooms feature marble, while kitchens feature granite - both feature high end fixtures.

Appliances in the units are stainless steel and some of the best brands available.

Ceilings come in at over 9ft high, units are generally spacious.

For those of finer taste, bathrooms in 415 East 54th Street have been fitted with bidets.

Views of Manhattan are available in higher units and from the rooftop garden.

Floor Plans

Numerous floor plans are available in this building. These represents a select few options.


Saint James Tower offers a number of high-end amenities including:

  • Maid service
  • 24 hour doorman
  • Fitness center
  • Bike room
  • Storage room
  • Garden
  • Laundry room
  • Rooftop terrace


Saint James Tower Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

  • Pets are allowed in Saint James Tower
  • Rentals are permitted
  • There are no age restrictions for residents of this building


While the building was constructed before sustainability was a top-of-mind issue, there are aspects to this location that can intrigue the green-conscious individual. A rooftop garden is a beneficial green amenity, while the area's walkable nature and easy access to public transit can help limit an individual's travel footprint.


Nearby Sutton Place is a storied neighborhood, that has been very popular with some of North America's best known cultural icons. Residents of the area have, at different times, included: Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, Freddy Mercury and Sigourney Weaver.


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