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- 1 Bed $695,000 2
- 2 Beds $2,195,000 1
- 3 Beds $5,250,000 3
- 4 Beds $5,300,000 1
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- 2 Beds $4,300 3
- 4 Beds $13,750 1
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Nearby Subway Stations
- Roosevelt Island (at West Rd and Unnamed) (0.48 miles)
The Belaire Overview
This handsome, 50-story condominium tower at 524 East 72nd Street is one of the most attractive on the Upper East Side.
Designed by Frank Williams and Associates for a development team headed by William Zeckendorf Jr., with Kumagai Gumi, a Japanese company, the tower's red-brick façade is a nicely modeled, slender slab. Its top culminates in several, terraced setbacks that give it a distinct and asymmetrical look.
Completed in 1988, this offers the most unobstructed views of the group of high-rise towers that sprung up in the immediate vicinity following the move of Sotheby's, the auction house, from Madison Avenue in 1980 to an unattractive warehouse-like structure at the York Avenue corner of this block that was originally erected as a cigar warehouse for Lorillard Tobacco Company and was later occupied by Eastman Kodak before being redesigned for Sotheby’s by Lundquist & Stonehill.
Sotheby's subsequently planned to erect a very large, medium-size tower on its avenue site designed by architect Michael Graves, but then abandoned the project in favor of a move to the redevelopment of the New York Coliseum at Columbus Circle.
Sotheby's, however, eventually backed out of that plan and decided to build something modest in 1988 designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox at its existing site, which would mean that this tower's views to the west were not too compromised by the auction house.
The lower 14-floors of the red-brick apartment building are used by the nearby Hospital for Special Surgery and designed for its use by Ulrich Franzen and entered from 71st Street from a sunken landscaped plaza with a fountain.
The top of the tower originally had about 180 units and now has 147 condominium apartments.
Carter Horsley's Review
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Features & Amenities
- FT Doorman
- Hi Rise
- Post War
- Basement Storage
- Central AC
- Full Service Garage
- Health Club
- Roof Deck
- Washer/Dryer in building
- Mail Room
- Children's Playroom
- Fitness Center
- On-Site Parking
- Outdoor Entertainment Space
- In-Unit Washer/Dryer
- Live-In Superintendent
- Terraces / Balconies
- Many excellent and protected views
- Part of a luxury high rise enclave near the East River
- Very attractive building silhouette with asymmetrical top
- Down the block from Sothebys auction house
- Dead end street has attractive, curved, seating area
- Delightful double row of trees in front of building
- Yoga room
- Conference room
- Not near subways
- No roof deck
- Dead end street
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User CommentsGreat condo with amenities including a full-time doorman, a garage, private storage, a new health club, a swimming pool and a children's playroom.
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- Single-engine plane crashes into north facade of the Belaire (Oct 11, 2006)