340 East 64th Street, New York City, NY
Exterior of St. Tropez
|Architect||Brown & Guenther|
|Management Company||FirstService Residential|
|Number of Units||300|
|Number of Floors||34|
|Type of Roof||IRMA|
|340 East 64th Street, New York City, NY|
|Distance to Public Transit||Within one block|
|Region||New York City|
|Municipality||New York City|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
Meet Manhattan's first condominium building: St. Tropez! Constructed in 1965, this minimalist building offers a whopping 300 residential condominium units over its 34 floors. Built during a time when other residential towers were under a cooperative ownership structure, St. Tropez was the first to bring a new realm of residential ownership to the world of New York City homeowners.
St. Tropez was also much taller than its surrounding buildings, and during its early years, offered stunning views of the surrounding landscape. This building is well-known for having a friendly family atmosphere and low maintenance charges that include heat and air conditioning.
St. Tropez offers a luxurious lobby that is always dressed with fresh flowers and offers two entrances, both of which are equipped with full-time doormen. The building also features a 44-foot-long outdoor swimming pool atop the roof of the 15 story eastern wing of the building, as well as an enclosed driveway and private parking garage with direct access to the building through a revolving door. The residential building offers a concierge, recently renovated basement fitness center, common roof deck, spacious playroom, and private on-site storage.
Lenox Hill is a nice neighborhood encompassing the lower section of the Upper East Side, with its borders running from Lexington Avenue to Fifth Avenue west to east and from 60th Street to 77th Street north to south. The neighborhood dates back to the early 1800s when a great portion of the land was owned by the Scottish merchant immigrant, Robert Lenox, who used the land for farming. Much of this land was later divided into farm blocks and sold off by his son.
St. Tropez is situated at the corner of 64th Street and First Avenue, just one block west of The Rockefeller University Campus, a very well known University that is situated on the coast of the East River. The building's entrance is located on 64th Street, which is a quiet, tree-lined street with one-way traffic and many historic buildings.
First Avenue, its cross street, is also a one-way street, but is much busier with five lanes of traffic and many shopping opportunities. Nearby outdoor areas include Saint Catherine's Park, the Tramway Plaza, and the East River Pavilion. Popular nearby stores include Bloomingdale’s, Barney’s, Dylan’s Candy Bar, and Maya.
This residential building offers a convenient location with easy access to Midtown Manhattan and the surrounding areas. There are nearly 50 different options for public transit, with bus stations at the doorstep of the building. The nearest subway station is four blocks west at 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue, and the Roosevelt Island Tram Station is located four blocks south of the building.
St. Tropez was built in 1965 and is known to be one of the first condominium buildings in New York City, during a time when cooperative buildings were the residential norm. The building's design is said to be minimalist or even boring, but continues to fit in with its surrounding low-rise, historic brick buildings.
St. Tropez was designed by Brown & Guenther, and features a shorter wing of 15 stories, upon which the swimming pool rests, and a taller 34 story wing. Both wings are clad with a brown brick masonry façade. The design is considered to be modernism architecture, and stands at a total of 102.72 meters, which was quite tall for its time.
The building's exterior features many windows but no balconies, although the building does offer a common roof deck on its shorter, 15 story wing. In 1996, six new elevators were installed in the building along with new windows to each of the building’s units.
The structural engineers on the development were Rosenwasser/Grossman Consulting Engineers, who have been in business since the early 1950s and are one of the most highly respected structural engineering firms in the city. The building features a green canopied entrance off the tree-lined 64th Street, but the width of its building is exposed to the highly trafficked First Avenue.
Layout and Features
St. Tropez offers a myriad of different layouts, with a total of 300 residences that range from studios to four bedrooms and from 500 square feet to 3,000 square feet in size. Each of the residences are functional and feature large walk-in closets, updated windows, washer and dryer hookups, individually controlled heat and air conditioning for each room, and wiring for high-speed internet. Some of the residences offer terraces or private gardens with views of the park, city, or river.
A particular penthouse unit at St. Tropez features three bedrooms and three bathrooms with an expansive view of Manhattan's skyline and three of the city's landmark bridges: the Queensboro, George Washington & Triborough.
The residence has been renovated with spa-like bathrooms with natural stone, tumble marble and glass jelly beans with porcelain. The updated kitchen features a wine fridge, stainless steel appliances, and granite counter tops with an under mount sink. Throughout the home are sustainable bamboo floors with radiant heat. With only two other residences on the floor, this unit boast privacy and exclusivity.
86 floor plans are available for St. Tropez. Here is a brief overview.
Amenities offered at St. Tropez include:
- Two Full-Time Doormen
- Luxurious Lobby
- On-site Parking
- On-site Storage
- Common Roof Deck
- Basement Fitness Center
- Outdoor Swimming Pool
- Children's Playroom
|St. Tropez Bylaws|
- St. Tropez is a pet-friendly building
- Rentals, Sublets, and Pied-a-terre are allowed
- There are no age restrictions on ownership
St. Tropez is managed by FirstService Residential, phone: (212) 634-8900
St. Tropez is built with sustainable and durable materials like brick and concrete that require little maintenance for upkeep and tend to be long lasting. In 1996, the building was updated with energy-efficient double-pane windows for each of the interiors. The building's extensive list of amenities also help to create a family community and encourage residents to stay local, cutting back on the overall necessity of daily vehicle commuting. Residents can also take advantage of the many nearby public transportation options, amenities within walking distance, and car share programs that utilize low-emission vehicles.
Some of the interiors at St. Tropez have updated their energy-efficiency with the following updates:
- Energy-star appliances
- New, energy-efficient lighting and light bulbs
- In-unit washers & dryers
- Individually controlled heat & air conditioning
- Sustainable materials like stone, granite, bamboo, and hardwood
St. Tropez is the first condominium building in Manhattan; but what was the first condominium building in all of the United States?
After the first condominium law was passed in the United States in 1958, two years passed before the first condominium residence ever to exist in the Continental United States was built in Salt Lake City, Utah. Greystone Manor, a 120 unit development, is located at 2730 South 1200 East.
While Keith B. Romney was hired by the developers of the building to do the legal work involved in making Greystone Manor a housing cooperative, the attorney suggested another structure: a joint-ownership residential structure from ancient Rome, where he had once seen the word "condominio" etched in the side of a ruin, i.e. - a condominium.
Romney went on to lobby - successfully - in the passage of the Utah Condominium Act of 1960, and also played a role in the creation of condominium legislation. Eventually he paired up with Don W. Phil to create the condominium consulting firm of Keith Romney Associates.
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