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The Beresford, 211 Central Park West, #14E

Listing no longer available on CityRealty as of Aug 15, 2018
7 apartments are currently available in this building.

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Key Details

  • Listed Aug 15, 2018
    Last Price Change -35.2% ($1,000,000) on Sep 27
    Days on Market 0
    Building Type Cooperative
    Neighborhood Central Park West
    Doorman FT Doorman
    Listing viewed 3,401 times
Monthly Maintenance $6,605
Total Taxes & Fees $6,605
Est. Monthly Mortgage -
Total Est. Monthly Carrying Cost $33,904

Description



EMERY ROTH: THE ARCHITECT

"Emery Roth dominated the age of apartment buildings." Paul Goldberger, The New York Times

Arriving in New York at the age of 13, Emery Roth already spoke several languages, had graduated from high school and was an astounding draftsman. He read prodigiously and possessed an incredible work ethic. In 1893, he began two years as a draftsman for Richard Morris Hunt, the foremost architect of the day, working on prime buildings of the World’s Columbian Exposition of Chicago: a celebration of Beaux-Arts architecture and American ingenuity in that all the buildings were white and sparkling at night with newly invented electric lights.

The Exposition architecture relied heavily on the classics for inspiration, a portico from one Roman temple, and dome from another, but these classical architectural elements were combined into something totally new. The architects of the Exposition created an eclectic Beaux Arts Neoclassical style, of which Roth would become a principal exponent and acknowledged expert. Ultimately, he would design over 200 classically ornamented buildings.

CLASSIC DESIGNS NEWLY CONCEIVED

In 1898 - a mere 5 years after Chicago - Roth established his own firm.

It was said that all of his residential plans, then and going forward, displayed an ever-increasing ability to fuse the aesthetic with the functional. For example, he refined the foyer plan, grouping the rooms of an apartment around a central foyer rather than off a long corridor. His best apartments seem effortlessly interlocked, with wasteful corridor space reduced to a minimum.

From 1903 through the 1930’s, Roth’s greatest gift was his ability to adapt Italian renaissance and classical details to modern residential building forms which buyers found dazzling to look at and in which they also felt particularly comfortable. In a sea of spectacular work, The Beresford is acclaimed as the most spectacular, the largest by volume and deemed his crowning achievement.

THE INCOMPARABLE BERESFORD

Designated a Landmark on September 15, 1987, by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

One of the last classically inspired luxury apartment buildings to be erected in New York, it is positioned on a lot almost 200 feet square, and this building can be easily recognized from across Central Park, a "massive collection of classical elements, skillfully composed" and completely distinctive.

Seen from the distance, it resembles a Renaissance castle, with its three octagonal towers and elegant ornamentation. Officially completed on September 13, 1929, it was the last great apartment structure erected under the previous law of 1901 allowing far greater volume than was permitted after the size regulations of 1929, thereby facilitating the possibility of a more magnificent result. It has two monumental facades and is positioned next to two parks: the eastern facade with 200 feet overlooking Central Park, and its southern facade overlooking Theodore Roosevelt Park, with its rows of mature trees four rows deep adjacent to the American Museum of Natural History, an incomparable setting for light and green space.

THE $6.6M RENOVATION

A complete list of all finishes is available upon request.

This apartment is on the 14th floor, the highest level before the setback occurs which reduces the length of the interior rooms above this floor.

There are five rooms that offer Central Park Views: Entrance gallery, the Living Room, Library, Master Bedroom and Master Bath. A gut renovation of the apartment was completed in May 2018 with the same devotion to detail that drove Emery Roth, restoring the past and incorporating every modern detail. Comprising 3 bedrooms and a library, with 3.5 incomparable baths, there is not a square inch that has not been artfully considered.

Renovation highlights include:

- Original building windows with original restored brass hardware, and new laminated glass with protective UV film on all Central Park-facing windows with motorized solar and blackout shades.- Woods include walnut, white oak and American black walnut
- Six varieties of marble
- Unique bathroom sinks and faucets
- Split 3-zone HVAC
- Numerous environmental design features

TODAY’S ARCHITECT: ALAN WANZENBERG

Also an expert in many styles, Wanzenberg is a student of all periods of architecture - from the Frank Lloyd Wright homes of his childhood to the Art Institute of Chicago Thorne Miniature rooms, a "visual treasure of architectural history," he writes.

Among other degrees, he has a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He worked at I.M. Pei and with Jed Johnson of Warhol fame.

The concept of fine craftsmanship inspired Wanzenberg to champion early 20th Century Arts and Crafts furniture and his extreme attention to detail is apparent in every inch of this apartment. He focuses his total attention on "sense of place" so that one feels what he has created has been there forever. A perfect sensibility for this particular assignment.

All in all, this apartment is defined by an incomparable renovation sensitive to the building’s architectural heritage, with an abundance of light to the east and west, exquisite panoramas of Central Park, and an ideal height within The Beresford, and is reminiscent of the building’s extraordinary architect and the effortless elegance Emery Roth created nearly 90 years ago and Alan Wanzenberg reinterpreted for today’s sensibility.

2% flip tax paid by the purchaser.

A complete breakdown of the $6.6M renovation is available upon request. Co-Exclusive.

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About The Beresford, 211 Central Park West

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The Beresford, 211 Central Park West has received a CityRealty Rating of 97, based on:

 
Architecture

Anything above 30 is remarkable, from 20-29 is distinguished and from 11-19 is average, while below 11 is below average.

 
Location

Anything above 27 is remarkable, from 18-26 is distinguished and from 9-17 is average, while below 9 is below average.

 
Features

Anything above 22 is remarkable, from 16-21 is distinguished and from 9-15 is average, while below 9 is below average.

Rating Summary

30
Out of 44
+
30
Out of 36
+
27
Out of 39
+
10
=
97
Out of 119
 

Architecture Rating: Points Breakdown

Exterior:
Architectural Masterpiece 8 out of 8 points
Retail Quality:
None 2 out of 5 points
Canopy Entrance:
Attractive 2 out of 3 points
Alterations:
None 2 out of 2 points
Plaza Or Atrium:
None 0 out of 3 points
Contextual Design:
No, but Very Good 3 out of 3 points
Skyline:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Local Visibility:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Watertank:
Attractively Enclosed 2 out of 2 points
Airconditioners:
Discrete 1 out of 2 points
Free Standing:
Corner 1 out of 2 points
Gargoyles:
Present 1 out of 2 points
Garden:
None 0 out of 2 points
Fenestration:
Consistent 1 out of 1 points
Landmark:
Part of Historic District 1 out of 2 points
Unity:
Unified Design 1 out of 1 points
Illumination:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Water Element:
None 0 out of 1 points

Location Rating: Points Breakdown

Street Ambience:
Outstanding 5 out of 5 points
Distance To Neighborhood Center:
Less than 40 blocks 2 out of 5 points
Views:
Dazzling 4 out of 4 points
Neighborhood Ambience:
Very Attractive 3 out of 3 points
Traffic Noise:
Considerable 1 out of 3 points
Protected Views:
Many 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Subway:
Less than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Firedepartment Noise:
No Noise 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Supermarket:
3-5 Short Blocks 1 out of 2 points
Distance To Park:
Less Than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Water:
Less than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Shopping:
5 or less Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Schools:
No Noise 1 out of 1 points
Noise From Nightlife:
None 1 out of 1 points

Features Rating: Points Breakdown

Lobby:
Stunning 5 out of 5 points
Units Per Floor:
2 4 out of 5 points
Ceiling:
11-14 Feet 3 out of 4 points
Balconies:
Very Attractive 3 out of 3 points
Health Club:
None 0 out of 2 points
Private Gardens:
Substantial 2 out of 2 points
Storage Rooms:
Minimal 1 out of 2 points
Bay Windows:
None 0 out of 1 points
Fireplaces:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Door Person:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Concierge:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Elevator Person:
None 0 out of 1 points
Recreational Roof:
None 0 out of 1 points
Driveway:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Maids Room:
None 0 out of 1 points
Catering:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Garage:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Mixed Use:
No 0 out of 1 points
Non Rectilinear Form:
No 0 out of 1 points
Unusual Layouts:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Prewar:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Other Amenities:
Some 1 out of 2 points
  • Co-op
  • Built in 1929
  • 175 Apartments
  • 23 Floors

Building Amenities

  • Elevator Operator
  • FT Doorman
  • High-Rise
  • Pre War
  • Resident Storage
  • Full Service Garage
  • Garden
  • Health Club
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Washer/Dryer in building
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Center
  • Courtyard
  • Laundry Room
  • Bike Room
  • Fireplaces
  • Landmarked

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