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The Empire, 188 East 78th Street

Between Third Avenue & Lexington Avenue

Description of The Empire

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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Building Facts

  • Year Built 1999
    Building Type Condominium
    Neighborhood Lenox Hill
  • Total Apartments 77
    Total Floors 32
    Doorman FT Doorman
    Pets Allowed

Apartment Pricing Stats

Avg. Price / ft2
Avg. Price / ft2

Building Amenities

  • Concierge
  • FT Doorman
  • High-Rise
  • Post War
  • Resident Storage
  • Central AC
  • Garden
  • Health Club
  • Pool
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Washer/Dryer in building
  • Elevator
  • Children's Playroom
  • Fitness Center
  • On-Site Parking
  • Outdoor Entertainment Space
  • Bike Room
  • Live-In Superintendent
  • Terraces / Balconies

Apartments for Sale at 188 East 78th Street (3)

3
Available Apts
$2.3M - $7.8M
Price Range
$2,046
Avg. Price / ft2
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The Empire: Rating

33
Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 33 / 44

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23
Out of 36

Location Rating: 23 / 36

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25
Out of 39

Features Rating: 25 / 39

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90

CityRealty Rating Reference

 
Architecture
  • 30+ remarkable
  • 20-29 distinguished
  • 11-19 average
  • < 11 below average
 
Location
  • 27+ remarkable
  • 18-26 distinguished
  • 9-17 average
  • < 9 below average
 
Features
  • 22+ remarkable
  • 16-21 distinguished
  • 9-15 average
  • < 9 below average
  • #9 Rated condo - Upper East Side
  • #4 Rated condo - Lenox Hill
 

Carter Horsley's Review of The Empire

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. 

The developer of the building, which has 77 apartments, is RFR/Davis, a venture of Davis & Partners and RFR Holdings, developers previously of rental projects. " Read Carter's Full Review
Pros
  • Distinctive- gabled roof
  • Formal dining rooms
  • Private garden terrace
  • Large apartments
  • Good public transportation
  • Concierge
  • Close to Subway
  • Foyers
  • Many bay windows
  • Garage
  • Storage Space
  • Few apartments per floor
  • Club with fitness center and private dining room
  • Wine cellars
  • Some fireplaces
  • Some balconies
Cons
  • Considerable traffic
  • No sidewalk landscaping
  • No nearby park
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Subways

  1. 6
at Lexington Ave 0.08 miles
  1. 4
  2. 5
at Lexington Ave 0.43 miles
 
 

Sales Summary - Past 12 Months

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Past 12 Months
$1,822
Avg. Price / ft2
Based on 2 Sales
 

Closing History - Last 10 sales

10
Units Sold
$2.2M - $9M
Price Range
$1,724
Avg. Price / ft2

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