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The Cherokee, 517 East 77th Street

Co-op located in Lenox Hill, between York Avenue & Cherokee Place

Description of The Cherokee at 517 East 77th Street

517 East 77th Street was built in 1915 and has a total of 384 apartments, located in Lenox Hill.

During the past two years, 5 apartments have sold: the most expensive was a one bedroom that sold for $498,000, and the least expensive was a six plus bedroom that sold for $305,000.

Amenities at this pet friendly pre war building include pool, resident storage, washer/dryer in building and mail room.

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Building Facts

  • Year Built: 1915
    Building Type: Co-op
    Neighborhood: Lenox Hill (Manhattan)
    Minimum Down Payment: 20%
  • Total Apartments: 384
    Total Floors: 6
    Pets: Allowed

Building Amenities

  • Pre War
  • Walk Up
  • Resident Storage
  • Intercom
  • Pool
  • Washer/Dryer in building
  • Mail Room

Apartments for Sale at 517 East 77th Street

There are no apartments for sale available currently.
There may be apartments that are available off-market.

The Cherokee: Rating

Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 28 / 44

Out of 36

Location Rating: 20 / 36

Out of 39

Features Rating: 13 / 39


CityRealty Rating Reference

  • 30+ remarkable
  • 20-29 distinguished
  • 11-19 average
  • < 11 below average
  • 27+ remarkable
  • 18-26 distinguished
  • 9-17 average
  • < 9 below average
  • 22+ remarkable
  • 16-21 distinguished
  • 9-15 average
  • < 9 below average
  • #22 Rated co-op - Lenox Hill

Carter Horsley's Review of The Cherokee

Carter Horsley's Building Review
"This group of four buildings that comprise most of a full block east of York Avenue is one of the city's most distinguished low-rise housing enclaves. Designed by Henry Atterbury Smith, a doctor who had been in charge of the tuberculosis clinic at the Presbyterian Hospital, the six-story buildings have very attractive cast-iron balconies supported by curved brackets and a handsome green tile roof that projects over the façades. The façades combine terra-cotta, tan brick and stone and triple-hung windows into a richly interesting composition. Each building has a large courtyard that is entered through a Gustavino-tiled, barrel-vaulted passageway, open and balconied stairways with built-in seating at each level, and roof gardens with tiled floors and windbreaks. Originally there were 386 units in the complex, but that number has shrunk over the years as alterations have enlarged most of the small units. The project, which is also known as the East River Homes and also as the Shively Sanitary Apartments, was conceived by Dr. Henry Shively, a doctor who got Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt Sr. to finance a housing foundation. "A building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that offers ornate ironwork balconies, triple-hung windows that extend all the way to the floor, Piranesi-like vaulted entries, and views of the East River across a small park conjures up images of liveried elevator men and well-heeled tenants," wrote Andrew Alpern in his book, "Luxury Apartment Houses of Manhatan, An Illustrated History," (Dover Publications Inc., 1992). "The surprise," he continued, "is that the building is a six-story walk-up tenement of 1910 that was planned for families who were nursing at least one family member with tuberculosis. And doubly surprising, this tubercular tenement was designed to a level of construction and aesthetic quality unheard-of for lower-class housing, and rare even among the luxury apartment houses of its day....Augmenting the private quarters were individual storage lockers for each family in the basement, a mini-hospital on the premises and a recreational roof deck that even provided toilet facilities....During the alteration work of the 1930's, the rooftop pergolas and recreational facilities were removed."It was built in 1911 and sold to the City and Suburban Homes Company, which developed a similar but much less attractive and detailed project on the full block across 78th Street, in 1924. It was designated an official city landmark in 1985 converted the next year to cooperatives and renamed the Cherokee Apartments." Read Carter's Full Review
  • Superb architecture
  • Balconied staircases open onto courtyards
  • Very handsome balconies
  • Views of the East River from many units
  • Nearby park
  • No health club
  • No doorman
  • No garage

Broker & Buyer Comments

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Sales Summary - Past 12 Months

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Past 12 Months
Avg. Price
Based on 2 Sales

Closing History - Last 10 sales

Units Sold
$295K - $650K
Price Range
Avg. Price / ft2

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