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Top 10 Most Prestigious Condos in New York City

New York’s ruthless real estate market delivers constant one-upsmanship as developers compete to build taller, design sleeker, and serve residents more luxury than ever before. Our Top 10 list of NYC's most prestigious condos catches the zeitgeist of what’s hotter than hot among New York’s condos in 2019.

#1 - 15 Central Park West

Condo in Central Park West

When the posh, two-building complex arrived at the doorstep of Central Park in 2008, it set sales records, made headlines, and attracted rock stars and business tycoons alike. Robert A.M. Stern’s classical stone facade and interiors, sweeping park vistas, and top-notch amenity list have earned 15 Central Park West a patina of unparallelled prestige in a remarkably short time span.

#2 - 432 Park Avenue

Condo in Midtown East

A skyline-dominating 1,397-foot height, super-slender profile, prestigious location at the crossing of Park Avenue and 57th Street, and record-setting prices made 432 Park an instant symbol of flashy “one percenter” living to the lifestyle’s admirers and detractors alike and cemented 57th Street as “Billionaires’ Row” in the public consciousness. The supertall tower, designed by Rafael Viñoly, offers observatory-like panoramas from its oversized windows and an amenity suite to match its moneyed clientele.

#3 - 220 Central Park South

Condo in Midtown West

The two-towered complex is Robert A.M. Stern’s encore to 15 Central Park South, as it takes the strong points of the former and amplifies them to heights appropriate for Billionaires’ Row. The 952-foot tower and the smaller, park-facing companion building exhibit prewar-inspired architecture, sumptuous interior finishes, Gilded Age-styled layouts, a midblock porte cochere, and an amenity list that puts to shame just about any competitor.

#4 - The Woolworth Tower Residences, 2 Park Place

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At the start of the 20th century, architect Cass Gilbert traveled across Europe to study its Gothic cathedrals and guild halls, looking for inspiration for the world’s tallest building that he was set to design in New York. The result was unlike anything ever seen on either side of the Atlantic Ocean, a terra-cotta masterpiece that prompted New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger to call it the “Mozart of Buildings.” 100 years later, the upper floors were converted to 33 elite condominiums, with new interiors crafted to match the building’s original opulence.

#5 - 15 Hudson Yards

Condo in Midtown West

The curved-glass tower announces the arrival of luxury living at Hudson Yards. To secure the once-forlorn district at the far west side as the city’s latest luxury destination, Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group spared no expense on top-notch finishes and posh amenities. The building base incorporates The Shed, an innovative performing arts center nestled beneath a movable canopy, and faces Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel sculpture.

#6 - 520 Park Avenue

Condo in Park/Fifth Ave. to 79th St.

Robert A.M. Stern’s name graces this list for the third time, which testifies not only to the architect and author’s encyclopedic knowledge of traditional New York architecture, but also to how he can craft timeless prewar elegance into a cutting-edge condominium. The slender, exclusive tower fits just 34 units into its 54 floors, many of which directly overlook Central Park. Like Stern’s other buildings, 520 Park’s luxurious finishes and posh amenities have set sales records and attracted celebrities into its marble-clad halls.

#7 - One57, 157 West 57th Street

Condo in Midtown West

In 2014, the 1,005-foot tower became the city’s first apartment building to breach the supertall height barrier and introduced Billionaires' Row as a byword for the 57th Street area into New Yorkers’ vocabularies. To this day, the condo tower with astounding Central Park views and amenities serviced by the Park Hyatt hotel remains among the top destinations for those who can afford its multi-million price tags.

#8 - The Four Seasons Private Residences, 30 Park Place

Condo in Tribeca

Yet again, Robert Stern erects a sky-scraping edifice that exudes jazz-age opulence, boasts top-notch amenities, and offers astounding views from its 82-story pinnacle. This time, however, the graceful concerto plays out in Lower Manhattan, where 30 Park Place shares the block with the Neo-Gothic Woolworth Tower. Unlike its Central Park-adjacent counterparts, 30 Park Place also features full hotel services of the Four Seasons Hotel and a dedicated pocket park next door.

#9 - Two Waterline Square, 30 Riverside Boulevard

Condo in Riverside Dr./West End Ave.

A trio of top-grade architects (Richard Meier at One Waterline, KPF at Two Waterline, and Rafael Viñoly at Three Waterline) have crafted three crystalline towers around a purpose-built park that faces the Hudson River. While all three feature extensive amenities, the list at Two Waterline blows most competitors out of the water, particularly with a fitness center that surpasses most full-size athletic clubs.

#10 - 56 Leonard Street

Condo in Tribeca

60-story architecture by Herzog & de Meuron, staggered cantilevers at the pinnacle, full-height windows with 360-degree panoramas, avant-garde interior design, chic amenities, and location at the center of Tribeca earn 56 Leonard a spot on the Top 10 List, a prestigious title in a world-class city known for its thousands of ultra-luxury condos.