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The Empire, 188 East 78th Street

between Third Avenue & Lexington Avenue   |    Lenox Hill

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Key Details

  • Condo
  • Built in 1999
  • 77 Apartments
  • 32 Floors
  • Size From # avail
  • 1 Bed $1,850,000 1
  • 2 Beds $2,150,000 4
  • 3 Beds $6,250,000 1
  • 4 Beds $9,500,000 1
  • 5 Beds $5,700,000 3
  • Last updated May 23, 2017
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$1,959 Avg. Price / Ft2
$83 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • Size Avg. Price # Sold
  • 2 BEDS $2,400,000 1
  • 5 BEDS $4,800,000 1
  • Avg. Price based on 2 closings during past 12 months Last updated May 25, 2017
  • View all recent sales
$1,633 Avg. Price / Ft2

Overview

90

The Empire, 188 East 78th Street has received a CityRealty Rating of 90, 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

33
Out of 44
+
23
Out of 36
+
25
Out of 39
+
9
=
90
Out of 119
 

Architecture Rating: Points Breakdown

Exterior:
Very Distinguished 7 out of 8 points
Retail Quality:
High-End 5 out of 5 points
Canopy Entrance:
Attractive 2 out of 3 points
Alterations:
Well Done 1 out of 2 points
Plaza Or Atrium:
Very Attractive 3 out of 3 points
Contextual Design:
Yes and Good 2 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:
Corner 1 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:
Less than 40 blocks 2 out of 5 points
Views:
Impressive 3 out of 4 points
Neighborhood Ambience:
Attractive 2 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:
Less than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Park:
More than 6 Short Blocks 0 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:
3-4 3 out of 5 points
Ceiling:
8-9 Feet 1 out of 4 points
Balconies:
Some 1 out of 3 points
Health Club:
Yes 1 out of 2 points
Private Gardens:
Substantial 2 out of 2 points
Storage Rooms:
Considerable 2 out of 2 points
Bay Windows:
Some 1 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:
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:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Unusual Layouts:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Prewar:
No 0 out of 1 points
Other Amenities:
Many 2 out of 2 points
  • #8 Rated condo - Upper East Side
  • #4 Rated condo - Lenox Hill
How was this building rated?

The Empire opened in 2001 and is located at 188 East 78th Street in the Upper East Side.

It is a traditionally styled, brick-clad tower that sits atop a block-long, four-story retail base stretching from 77th to 78th Streets. The Empire’s façades are adorned by columns of bay windows and bowed terraces.

Layouts in the 77 apartments are generally expansive; all are between 1,200 and 3,400 square feet and many have 11-foot ceilings. Most of the residences have two or more bedrooms, foyers, spacious formal dining rooms, crown moldings, herringbone floors, washers and dryers, marble baths and oversized closet spaces. Many enjoy terraces and several have fireplaces. Large eat-in kitchens are equipped with custom cabinets and premium appliances.

Residents have access to such amenities as concierge service, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a children’s play room. Bonus services include a pool, a roof deck and a private garden. Downstairs there are 36 storage rooms and 36 wine cellars available for purchase. The Empire also has a 25-car garage and is near to Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Nearby Subway Stations

  1. 4
    4
    • 86th Street (at Lexington Ave) (0.43 miles)
     
  2. 5
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    • 86th Street (at Lexington Ave) (0.43 miles)
     
  3. 6
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    • 77th Street (at Lexington Ave) (0.08 miles)
     

Carter Horsley's Review

The Empire, 188 East 78th Street Carter Horsley's Building Review
"With its very tall gables, the 32-story, Empire condominium apartment tower would seem more at home near the peaks of the Dakota apartment building on Central Park West at 72nd Street than in the middle of a fairly bland stretch along Third Avenue in the 70s. " Read Carter's Full Review

The pros & cons

Pros
  • Formal dining rooms
  • Private garden terrace
  • Large apartments
  • Good public transportation
  • Concierge
  • Close to Subway
  • Foyers
  • Many bay windows
  • Distinctive- gabled roof
  • Garage
  • Storage Space
  • Club with fitness center and private dining room
  • Some fireplaces
  • Few apartments per floor
  • Wine cellars
  • Some balconies
Cons
  • Considerable traffic
  • No nearby park
  • No sidewalk landscaping
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Popularity Stats

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#38 Most viewed condo in Upper East Side (past 30 days).

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The Empire, 188 East 78th Street - 10 year Sales History

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The Empire, 188 East 78th Street 12 Month Sales Summary

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$1,633
AVG Price / ft2, based on 2 Sales
 

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In the Neighborhood: What’s Available & Sales Stats

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  • 302 Available for Sale
  • $1,756 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $2,727,931 Avg. Price
  • $2,100,000 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive Barbizon 63 Apt PH2 | $13,888,000
    Price / ft2 $4,026
  2. Least Expensive 334 East 65th Street Apt 62 | $389,900
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  • 212 Available for Rent
  • $71 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $7,189 Avg. Price
  • $5,425 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive 225 East 64th Street Apt LL | $65,625
    Price / ft2 $75
  2. Least Expensive 1420 York Avenue Apt 6D | $1,800
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  • 350 Total Sales
  • $1,579 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $1,880,903 Avg. Price
  • $1,413,003 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive The Laurel Apt PH31 | $15,600,000
    Price / ft2 $3,830
  2. Least Expensive 212 East 70th Street Apt 2D | $312,500
    Price / ft2 $522

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