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Kalahari Harlem, 40 West 116th Street

Between Fifth Avenue & Lenox Avenue   |    Harlem

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Key Details

  • Condo
  • Built in 2007
  • 249 Apartments
  • 12 Floors
$1,070 Avg. Price / Ft2
$40 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • Size Avg. Price # Sold
  • STUDIO $470,000 1
  • 1 BED $1,016,000 4
  • 2 BEDS $1,442,000 5
  • 3 BEDS $1,400,000 1
  • Avg. Price based on 11 closings during past 12 months Last updated Jun 18, 2018
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$1,086 Avg. Price / Ft2

Overview

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Kalahari Harlem, 40 West 116th Street has received a CityRealty Rating of 79, 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
+
20
Out of 36
+
20
Out of 39
+
9
=
79
Out of 119
 

Architecture Rating: Points Breakdown

Exterior:
Very Distinguished 7 out of 8 points
Retail Quality:
Attractive 4 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:
Not Allowed 2 out of 2 points
Free Standing:
No 0 out of 2 points
Gargoyles:
None 0 out of 2 points
Garden:
Attractive 2 out of 2 points
Fenestration:
Consistent 1 out of 1 points
Landmark:
No 0 out of 2 points
Unity:
Unified Design 1 out of 1 points
Illumination:
None 0 out of 1 points
Water Element:
None 0 out of 1 points

Location Rating: Points Breakdown

Street Ambience:
Attractive / Pleasant 3 out of 5 points
Distance To Neighborhood Center:
More than 50 blocks 0 out of 5 points
Views:
Impressive 3 out of 4 points
Neighborhood Ambience:
Attractive 2 out of 3 points
Traffic Noise:
Some 2 out of 3 points
Protected Views:
Only Top Floors 1 out of 2 points
Distance To Subway:
Less than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Firedepartment Noise:
A Lot 0 out of 2 points
Distance To Supermarket:
Less than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Park:
3-6 Short Blocks 1 out of 2 points
Distance To Water:
More than 6 Short Blocks 0 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:
Spacious 4 out of 5 points
Units Per Floor:
5-9 2 out of 5 points
Ceiling:
8-9 Feet 1 out of 4 points
Balconies:
Many 2 out of 3 points
Health Club:
Yes 1 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:
None 0 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:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Driveway:
None 0 out of 1 points
Maids Room:
None 0 out of 1 points
Catering:
None 0 out of 1 points
Garage:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Mixed Use:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Non Rectilinear Form:
No 0 out of 1 points
Unusual Layouts:
No 0 out of 1 points
Prewar:
No 0 out of 1 points
Other Amenities:
Many 2 out of 2 points
  • #8 Rated condo - Upper Manhattan
  • #5 Rated condo - Harlem
How was this building rated?

This boldly decorative apartment complex at 40 West 116th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues is known as the Kalahari.

The mixed-use, mixed-income condominium complex extends through the block to 115th Street and consists of two 12-story high buildings, the longer of which is on 116th Street.

The building has 148 apartments in Tower A on 116th Street and 101 units in Tower B on 115th Street. The site has a large, landscaped central courtyard, a doorman and concierge service, attended parking, a roof deck, a gym, community meeting rooms, and retail space.

129 apartments are "market rate with no income or asset restrictions and 120 are "affordable" and include 14 studios, 23 one-bedrooms, 70 two-bedrooms and 13 three-bedrooms. Of the 120 affordable units, 48 will be sold to eligible purchases with household incomes not exceeding 90 percent of area median income, 42 units to purchasers with household incomes not exceeding 130 percent of area median income and 30 percent to households with incomes not exceeding 185 percent of area median income. The subsidized sale price of the affordable units range from about $125,000 to $485,000 and cash assets need for the required 5 percent down payment are expected to range from $6,250 to $24,250.

FSLM Associates LLC, of which L &M Equity Participants, Ltd., and Full Spectrum are the principals, is the developer. Ron Moelis and Sanford Carl Loewentheil are partners in L & M Equity Participants.

GF55 Partners LLP, of which David E. Gross, Leonard Fusco and Shay Alster are principals, is the executive architect; Schwartz Architects is the design architect; and Studio JTA, of which Jack Travis is a principal, is the consultant architect.

Architect Frederic Schwartz, who was the founder of the THINK architectural team that was the runner-up finalist to the "re-imagine Ground Zero" competition sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, provides the following commentary on the project s design on his website:

"Outwardly facing the neighborhood, the street elevations are inspired by nomadic and tribal cultures of Africa. The Kalahari Desert is home to the Bushmen tribal group, individuals who have adapted and survived under the harsh conditions of migratory life for several centuries. This group and the characteristics of this desert region provided spiritual inspiration and directly reflect the cultural aspirations of our design. The bold use of color, texture and pattern inspired by the ways of survival through adaptations and sense of self provides a point of departure. The 'intensity' with which one selects and uses color, texture and pattern has always been a clear and distinguishing means of definition amongst varied cultural groups. Our design takes direct influence from cultural specifics and details of the architectural aesthetic from a trilogy of tribal groups in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Ndebele of South Africa, the Ashanti of Ghana, and the nomadic Bushmen of Botswana and the Kalahari Desert. Inspired by designs of the Ndebele tribal peoples (neighbors in the south of Africa to the bushman of the Kalahari), the decorative motifs used on the 115th and 116th Street elevations embody the strong color and patterning on exterior façades of the dwellings. Adrinka symbols, found printed and woven in the cloth created by the Akan peoples of Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa are used throughout the Kalahari, serving to fuse South African regional color and texture with West African patterning and symbolism. Black cultural specifics in the design and decorative aspects of The Kalahari (and indeed in the naming of the project) evolves from the understanding of how environmental design disciplines are closely tied to and affected by the social and behavioral patterns of the communities who inhabit them. The design concept seeks to embody 'the spirit of transformation and migration by the larger group to a better place of sustenance.'"

GF55 Partners designed the Madison Court Midrise and Townhouses project at 1787 Madison Avenue between 117th and 118th Streets, a project developed by L & M Equity Participants, and the Triangle Court Complex at St. Nicholas Avenue and 119th Street.

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Nearby Subway Stations

  1. 2
  2. 3
at Lenox Ave 0.10 miles
  1. 6
at Lexington Ave 0.38 miles
  1. B
  2. C
at Frederick Douglass Blvd 0.45 miles

Carter Horsley's Review

Kalahari Harlem, 40 West 116th Street Carter Horsley's Building Review
"This boldly decorative apartment complex at 40 West 116th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues is known as the Kalahari." Read Carter's Full Review

The pros & cons

Pros
  • Large garden
  • Close to Subway
  • Fitness center
  • Roof deck
  • Very distinctive and bold facades
  • Garage
  • Meeting rooms
  • Concierge
  • Doorman
Cons
  • No balconies
  • Not too close to parks
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Kalahari Harlem, 40 West 116th Street - 10 year Sales History

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Kalahari Harlem, 40 West 116th Street 12 Month Sales Summary

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In the Neighborhood: What’s Available & Sales Stats

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  • 162 Available for Sale
  • $1,116 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $1,228,070 Avg. Price
  • $982,000 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive Circa Central Park Apt 9A | $8,495,000
    Price / ft2 $2,537
  2. Least Expensive Alameda Apt 1A | $399,000
    Price / ft2 $973
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  • 58 Available for Rent
  • $49 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $3,647 Avg. Price
  • $3,250 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive Livmor Condos Apt PH1A | $14,000
    Price / ft2 $70
  2. Least Expensive 245 West 115th Street Apt 20A | $1,950
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  • 231 Total Sales
  • $1,069 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $1,222,518 Avg. Price
  • $975,000 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive Circa Central Park Apt 10A | $7,238,750
    Price / ft2 $2,612
  2. Least Expensive Parc Standard Apt 2B | $275,000
    Price / ft2 $526

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