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Top 10 Most Prestigious Co-ops, West Side

Although the Upper West Side is famed for the great twin-tower, pre-war apartment buildings along Central Park West, it has a fabulous inventory of great, mid-rise, non-skyscraping residential buildings.  All but one of its top 10 most prestigious New York City co-op apartment buildings front on Central Park and the exception, Hotel des Artistes, the legendary building with huge studio apartments and a great restaurant, is just a few feet away.  Not all the buildings, of course, are as formidable as the Dakota.    

#1 - The Dakota, 1 West 72nd Street

When it was erected in 1884, the Dakota towered over the Upper West Side and was an immediate success, going on to become the city's most legendary address.

  • Four apartments currently for sale from $1,695,000 to $12,000,000

#2 - The San Remo, 145 Central Park West

The twin-towered masterpiece of architect Emery Roth, this is the city's most beautiful apartment building and one of its most prestigious addresses.

  • Two apartments currently for sale from $3,150,000 to $26,000,000

#3 - The Beresford, 211 Central Park West

Notable for its three major towers, the Beresford, designed by Emery Roth, fronts on two major parks, Central Park and Manhattan Square, which contains the American Museum of Natural History.

  • Five apartments currently for sale from $3,995,000 to $8,950,000

#4 - Hotel des Artistes, 1 West 67th Street

This 18-story building, the city's largest and most illustrious "studio" building, has 115 apartments, most duplexes with double-height living rooms.

  • Five apartments currently for sale from $1,075,000 to $19,000,000

#5 - The Gainsborough, 222 Central Park South

This slender, 16-story building was completed in 1908 with 34 apartments and it is the city's best "studio" apartment building.

  • One apartment for sale at $2,775,000

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#6 - The Majestic, 115 Central Park West

This apartment building across 72nd Street from the Dakota was one of two, twin-towered Art Deco-style apartment buildings erected on Central Park West by Irwin Chanin; the other is the Century several blocks to the south.

  • Five apartments currently for sale from $2,795,000 to $11,000,000

#7 - The Eldorado, 300 Central Park West

This Art Deco-style, twin-tower apartment building was designed by Emery Roth and its peaks remind some of rocket ships.

  • Three apartments currently for sale from $3,750,000 to $4,500,000

#8 - The Langham, 135 Central Park West

Designed by Clinton & Russell, this very handsome, pre-war, 13-story apartment building has three light-courts on its western side, wall safes in every apartment and a built-in vacuum-cleaning system.

#9 - The Kenilworth, 151 Central Park West

This very attractive, 13-story building is surrounded by a dry moat and has a very grand entrance flanked by banded columns.

#10 - The Prasada, 50 Central Park West

Although the mansard roof of this 1907 apartment building was removed in 1919, the undeniable exterior charm of this building, especially its grand stairway entrance with banded columns, remains otherwise largely intact.

  • Three apartments currently for sale from $2,950,000 to $7,995,000

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