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Top 10 Best Private Courtyard Buildings

This trend of creating small villages within new residential buildings isn't exactly new, but o-shaped buildings with courtyards at the core are seemingly making a comeback in the New York City real estate market. In honor of that, CityRealty has compiled a top ten list of the best past and in-progress developments that boast some massive private courtyards for its residents.


#1 - VIA 57 WEST, 625 West 57th Street

Bjarke Ingels' VIA 57 West redefines what a building can be – as well as a courtyard. Situated in the center of the tetrahedron-shaped building, the outdoor space spans an impressive 22,000 square feet and has 80 newly-planted tree and lawns, 47 species of native plant material, 4 barbecue grills, and outdoor seating and activity areas.


#2 - The Apthorp, 2211 Broadway

Next on the list is The Apthorp, a prestigious landmarked building in the Upper West Side. While it does not have private balconies, it features a beautifully landscaped center courtyard. Its four lobbies are all accessible from it.


  • Twelve apartments currently for sale from $2,500,000 to $17,500,000

#3 - Oosten, 429 Kent Avenue

Piet Boon's The Oosten is a dramatic full-block development in Williamsburg that features 216 residences, ranging from lofts to penthouses to townhomes. Of all the building's amenities, it is the 13,860-square-foot interior lush courtyard that stands out the most.


  • Seventeen apartments currently for sale from $980,000 to $6,965,000

#4 - 10 Montieth Street

10 Montieth will totally transform Bushwick with its nearly 400 apartments (affordable and market-rate) and "jagged donut" design, courtesy of ODA. The full-block building will feature a sloping rooftop garden and cascading terraces that maximize sunlight for the huge central courtyard.


#5 - The Belnord, 225 West 86th Street

The prolific Robert A.M. Stern has been tasked to reimagine this landmark building's conversion, which will soon see 215 condos and a redesigned courtyard by Hollander Design. According to renderings, the new outdoor space will have lots of greenery, seating areas, and a massive water fountain.


  • Seventeen apartments currently for sale from $3,200,000 to $12,160,000

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#6 - Worldwide Plaza, 350 West 50th Street

This Midtown development encompasses a full city block and features over 200 residences. Amenities include a new gym, a roof deck with open views, a saltwater pool and sauna, and a large resident's only courtyard/garden.


  • Six apartments currently for sale from $958,000 to $2,500,000

#7 - Austin Nichols House, 184 Kent Avenue

Originally built in 1915, the landmarked Austin Nichols House was preserved and converted into a contemporary residence boasting over 30,000 square feet of amenities and 338 apartments – all surrounded by a zen-like landscaped courtyard/garden.


  • Twenty-Eight apartments currently for sale from $900,000 to $2,500,000

#8 - The Aldyn, 60 Riverside Boulevard

Located on the Upper West Side, The Aldyn has first-class amenities like a 24-hour doorman, concierge, fitness center, spa, 75' indoor pool, yoga rooms, a basketball court, bowling alley, and a landscaped interior courtyard with lounge seating and tables.


  • Thirteen apartments currently for sale from $2,028,000 to $13,950,000

#9 - 1185 Park Avenue

One of the few private grand courtyards in the Upper East Side can be found in the beloved 1185 Park Avenue. It is distinguished by its circular shape and unique Gothic column entrance.


  • Nine apartments currently for sale from $3,500,000 to $21,950,000

#10 - Graham Court, 1921 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard

Over 100 years old, this famous Harlem landmark is the second courtyard building built by William Waldorf Astor. It has been featured in a number of films, including American Gangster, Jungle Fever, and New Jack City.


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