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15-Central-Park-West What's old is new again - porte-cocheres, traditionally associated with prewar buildings, are popping up in newer developments. (15 Central Park West via Robert A.M. Stern Architects)
The phrase "porte-cochere" comes from the French phrase "carriage porch," and indeed throughout New York, many of the buildings that have these covered entrances or driveways date back to a prewar era when carriages were the main means of conveyance. However, developers of new buildings are adding this elite expanse to the amenity portfolio as a flourish of extra luxury. The following buildings are among New York's few that count dramatic driveways and porte-cocheres among their amenities.
The Paterno, Upper West Side
440-Riverside-Drive-1 All images of The Paterno via Bohemia Realty Group
440-Riverside-Drive-2 Living room
440-Riverside-Drive-3 Kitchen
The Paterno's porte-cochere and marble lobby make for one of the city's most stunning entrances. Prewar details in this one-bedroom oasis include high ceilings, hardwood floors, original molding, and generous closet space. See floor plan and further details here.
Manhattan House, Lenox Hill
200-East-66th-Street Manhattan House entrance via Compass
200-East-66th-Street-2 Interiors via Shelli M. Scrimale
200-East-66th-Street-3 Kitchen
200-East-66th-Street-4 Bedroom
Corner condo has double exposure in living room, renovated chef's kitchen, and windowed bath. In addition to the porte-cochere, amenities at Manhattan House include a rooftop terrace, Exhale spa and fitness studio, and five-star concierge service. See floor plan and further details here.
20 East End Avenue, Yorkville
20-East-End-Avenue-1 All images of 20 East End Avenue via Corcoran
20-East-End-Avenue-2 Living room
20-East-End-Avenue-3 Kitchen
20-East-End-Avenue-4 Bedroom
The lower floor of this sweeping duplex includes a grand living room, formal dining room that leads to the immense terrace with a stunning gas burning fireplace, eat-in-kitchen and a bedroom. The ultra-private second floor is home to a library, two bedrooms, and a stunning master suite. See floor plan and further details here.
River House, Beekman/Sutton Place
435-East-52nd-Street-1 River House entrance via Sotheby's
435-East-52nd-Street-2 Interiors via Douglas Elliman
435-East-52nd-Street-3 Bedroom
435-East-52nd-Street-4 Media room
A true wonder awaits those who can get past River House's notoriously choosy board. This light-filled, designer-renovated apartment features a marble-floor gallery with a mirrored built-in bar and powder room, a living room with a wood-burning fireplace and river views, and a grand, formal dining room with etched glass pocket doors. The master suite has two spa-like baths, two dressing rooms, and access to a private terrace. See floor plan and further details here.
70 Vestry Street, Tribeca
70-Vestry-Street-1 All images of 70 Vestry Street via Corcoran
70-Vestry-Street-2 Living and dining area
70-Vestry-Street-3 Bedroom
70-Vestry-Street-4 Study
This exceptionally gracious residence in a Robert A.M. Stern-designed building has a large south-facing living/dining room, separate windowed eat-in kitchen, and three en-suite bedrooms including an oversized master suite with two walk-in closets. Amenities include a porte-cochere, concierge, lounge, and health and wellness suite. See floor plan and further details here.
551W21, Chelsea
551-West-21st-Street-1 All images of 551W21 via Christie's
551-West-21st-Street-2 Living room
551-West-21st-Street-3 Kitchen
551-West-21st-Street-4 Bedroom
Exquisitely crafted by the master architects of Foster + Partners, 551W21 features a gated drive court surrounded by a 20-foot green wall. This impeccably designed, fully furnished residence includes a magnificent 26' x 19' southwest-facing corner living room, fully appointed kitchen, generous library, and luxurious bedrooms and baths. See floor plan and further details here.
The Greenpoint
21-India-Street-1 All images of The Greenpoint via Corcoran
21-India-Street-2 Kitchen
21-India-Street-3 Views
This high-floor residence features soaring ceiling heights with floor-to-ceiling windows and a corner master bedroom with Empire State Building views. The amenity-rich building offers a porte-cochere, sun deck, fitness center, basketball court, and furnished courtyard garden. See floor plan and further details here.
455 Central Park West, Upper West Side
455-Central-Park-West-1 455 Central Park West via Town
455-Central-Park-West-2 Interiors via Corcoran
455-Central-Park-West-3 Bedroom
Comfortable living abounds in this bright, beautifully renovated condo's loft-like grand room complemented by a separate dining area and state-of-the-art kitchen. The oversized master suite boasts excellent closet space, and the large en-suite bathroom is a special spa-like retreat. See floor plan and further details here.
252 East 57th Street, Midtown East
252-East-57th-Street-1 252 East 57th Street porte-cochere via Worldwide Development/DBOX
252-East-57th-Street-2 Interiors via Stribling
252-East-57th-Street-3 Kitchen
252-East-57th-Street-4 Bath
A gated porte-cochere welcomes residents home to this gracious, thoughtfully conceived condo with oversized windows facing south and west open city views. The 26' corner living/dining room has 10' ceilings and an open, west-facing Eggersmann kitchen. See floor plan and further details here.
160 Leroy Street, West Village
160-Leroy-Street-1 All images of 160 Leroy Street via Brown Harris Stevens
160-Leroy-Street-2 Living room
160-Leroy-Street-3 Bedroom
160-Leroy-Street-4 Bath
160 Leroy's extensive amenities include a private cobblestone driveway, landscaped park by Madison Cox, professional spa with 70' pool above ground, whirlpool, fitness center, yoga/Pilates studio, and clubhouse. Masterfully designed for the modern lifestyle, this residence's open floor plan accommodates outstanding living and entertaining, while maximizing light and abundance of wall space for art. See floor plan and further details here.
50 United Nations Plaza, Turtle Bay
50-United-Nations-Plaza-1 All images of 50 United Nations Plaza via Zeckendorf Realty
50-United-Nations-Plaza-2 Living room
50-United-Nations-Plaza-3 Kitchen
50-United-Nations-Plaza-4 Bedroom
This prestigious luxury residence features an airy, sun-drenched living room and oversized bay windows with panoramic city views. The building's extensive amenities include a beautiful landscaped motor court, dramatic lobby, state-of-the-art fitness center, pool and spa, garage, and valet parking. See floor plan and further details here.
40 East End Avenue, Yorkville
40-East-End-Avenue-1 All images of 40 East End Avenue via Corcoran
40-East-End-Avenue-2 Living room
40-East-End-Avenue-3 Kitchen
40-East-End-Avenue-4 Bath
This generously scaled bespoke residence features 10' ceilings, oversize casement windows, custom moldings, 8' doorways, and white oak herringbone flooring. The gracious suite of amenities includes a porte-cochere, game room, library, catering kitchen, and fitness center. See floor plan and further details here.
15 Central Park West, Upper West Side
15-Central-Park-West-1 All images of 15 Central Park West via Douglas Elliman
15-Central-Park-West-2 Interiors via Douglas Elliman
15-Central-Park-West-3 Kitchen
15-Central-Park-West-4 Bedroom
Set in one of New York's most coveted condominiums, this meticulously renovated home features gorgeous city views and an abundance of natural light. White-glove amenities and services include doorman, concierge, porte-cochere with its own staff, on-site garage, fitness center, indoor pool, billiards room, and library. See floor plan and further details here.
Jardim, Chelsea
525-West-27th-Street-1 All images of Jardim via Douglas Elliman
525-West-27th-Street-2 Living room
525-West-27th-Street-3 Kitchen
Just west of the High Line, Jardim is accessed by a dramatic brick-vaulted private driveway that discretely leads to the welcoming lobby. From the formal entry gallery of this inimitably designed apartment, the open kitchen with breakfast bar leads to a gracious great room, punctuated by a set of sliding glass pocket doors that open to the inviting terrace, creating a truly seamless indoor/outdoor living space. See floor plan and further details here.
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