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393 West End Avenue (Renderings via Alden Studios) 393 West End Avenue (Renderings via Alden Studios)
Between multiple historic districts and tight zoning that aims to preserve its cherished prewar character, new development sites on the Upper West Side are hard to come by. In light of this, some residential developers find it easier to restore the area's older buildings and convert the interiors to triple-mint apartments than to go through the process required by the Landmarks Preservation Commission ("Landmarks"). This is easier to do with some types of buildings than others; as per the rent laws passed in 2019, 51 percent of tenants in a rental must agree to buy their apartments before a condo or co-op conversion can take place.
However, plans to convert 393 West End Avenue, a 15-story prewar building in the West End-Collegiate Historic District Extension, from a rental to a 75-unit condominium were filed before the new laws took effect. Sales have launched on the apartments inside with current availabilities from $3.8 million for three-bedrooms and $5.65 million for four-bedrooms.
393 West End Avenue was originally constructed by Goldner & Goldner in 1927. Nearly 100 years later, its Collegiate Gothic architecture and original details have been beautifully preserved by CetraRuddy, the firm that also updated the interiors for modern living. Landmarks unanimously approved the required modifications, which included installing a marquee and enlarging a rooftop addition. Family-owned developer and real estate investment firm Rabina was at the helm of the conversion.
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"It’s an attitude of refined constraint, and a contemporary revival of romantic styles that brings a bit of magic back to this special part of the Upper West Side" — Nancy J. Ruddy, Founding Principal, CetraRuddy


393 West End is located in a tranquil section of the Upper West Side. Riverside Park is only one block away, and Central Park is in the opposite direction. The tree-lined blocks are dotted with quiet cafes and local boutiques, and the dining options of Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues are a short distance away. Nearby cultural institutions include Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History, and Beacon Theatre. Commuters will appreciate having the 79th Street 1 train a block away.

All residences combine prewar style with 21st century living to feature:

  • Restored tray ceilings
  • White chevron oak floors
  • Open chef's kitchens with custom American walnut cabinetry, Naica Quartzite countertops and backsplashes, Miele appliance suites, and InSinkErator Evolution garbage disposals
  • Primary baths with honed Pacific White Marble walls and mosaic floors, custom vanities, glass-enclosed frameless walk-in showers, and heated floors
  • High-performance, multi-zoned LG VRF cooling with Nest thermostats
  • Energy-efficient LED lighting
  • In-unit washer/dryers
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393-West-End-Avenue
393-West-End-Avenue
393-West-End-Avenue

Garden-level amenities span 4,000 square feet and include:


  • 24-hour attended lobby with sculptural stone concierge desk, Bianco Spino and Grigio Collemandina mosaic floors, and a nickel leaf ceiling
  • A Great Room with banquettes, private nooks, and access to a landscaped courtyard
  • The Cottage, an enchanted forest-inspired children's playroom with access to an outdoor terrace
  • A teen lounge with gaming station
  • A fitness center with private movement studio
  • The Club Room, a lounge with a plush nine-foot sofa and a fully equipped bar
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393-West-End-Avenue
393-West-End-Avenue
393-West-End-Avenue



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