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For several years, Fifth Avenue has been synonymous with luxury all over the world. Fifth Avenue shopping is at the top of many tourists' wish lists, and to live on Fifth Avenue is to have truly made it in New York (not least because it means the buyer has the money to get in and the social standing to get past the infamous co-op board!). Certain Fifth Avenue buildings were instrumental in New York's initial embrace of multi-family living, and the rich architecture and sumptuous interiors continues to influence today's designers and buyers.

Certain stretches of Fifth Avenue are protected by their location in historic districts, but other parts of the avenue are more open to new construction and conversion of existing buildings. NoMad in particular has seen a building boom over the past few years; more recently, as office building owners throughout Manhattan toy with the idea of converting their commercial buildings to residential, Midtown could see a more mixed-use future that allows more people to realize a dream of living on Fifth Avenue. We take a look at the top 10 apartment buildings on Fifth Avenue, as well as newer construction and what's in store for one of the world's most famous avenues.
Park-Regis-005 View from the Park Regis (Corcoran)

Top 10 Fifth Avenue Buildings
The crisp limestone facade of 927 Park Avenue was designed by Warren & Wetmore, the firm that designed Grand Central Terminal. The apartments average just one per floor and feature private elevator landings, sprawling layouts, and multiple fireplaces. Previous residents of note include Mary Tyler Moore, Kenneth Cole, and Harry Winston, not to mention Pale Male, a red-tailed hawk that nested in the building's palazzo-inspired facade.
927-Fifth-Avenue-02 Interiors via Sotheby's International Realty
From the listing: Formerly owned by renowned jeweler Harry Winston, who gave dinner parties for 100, this residence has original architectural details including soaring 10'6" ceilings, three working fireplaces, exquisite herringbone floors, and beautiful original moldings throughout, and can be imbued with traditional, or fresh modern forms and contemporary priorities. See full details here.

Architecture critic Carter Horsley describes 820 Fifth Avenue as "one of the city's grandest apartment buildings." Dating back to 1916, the palazzo-style building only holds 12 full-floor apartments featuring private elevator landings, grand galleries, libraries, fireplaces, multiple bedrooms, and direct views of the Central Park Zoo across the street.

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820-Fifth-Avenue-02 Interiors via Brown Harris Stevens
From the listing: Arguably one of the most important residences on Fifth Avenue, this exceptionally grand and architecturally important 18-room home is being offered for sale for the first time in over 60 years. A private elevator landing opens onto an impressive and stately 45-foot gallery with Parquet de Versailles floors and a wood-burning fireplace. See full details here.

730-Fifth-Avenue-01 All images of Aman New York Residences via Douglas Elliman
The Crown Building, an ornate office tower topped with an iconic copper-clad pyramid, has graced the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street since 1921. One hundred years later, the ornate edifice has been reborn as Aman New York Residences, a bespoke addition to Billionaires’ Row. The upper floors are dedicated to condos, and residents have access to the luxurious amenities and services of the hotel below.
From the listing: This 3,746 square foot, three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath residence meticulously designed by Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston features a generous open layout and a sweeping private outdoor terrace with Central Park Views, a 42' foot heated pool, Jacuzzi, and a home theatre. See full details here.

1-Central-Park-South-01 All images of The Plaza via Douglas Elliman
Since 1907, the Plaza has reigned as the world’s most famous hotel. The French Renaissance-style building was designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, whose work includes The Dakota. A century later, the upper floors were transformed into luxury condominiums, where residents can take advantage of the same Central Park views and sumptuous amenities hotel guests have enjoyed over the years.
From the listing: Elegance prevails in this beautifully designed two-bedroom flat with exquisite views of Central Park from every room. It has been tastefully crafted by Baron Piers von Westenholz, one of Britain's most admired designers. See full details here.

The Sherry Netherland, which rises 38 stories above the Grand Army Plaza and Central Park, channels elegance from the barrel-vaulted lobby to the tip of the copper spire. The ornate neo-Gothic building features a recently restored ceiling mural in the lobby based on Raphael's frescoes at the Vatican Palace, and has attracted the likes of Howard Hughes, Diana Ross, Francis Ford Coppola, Jim Henson, and Judith Sheindlin, also known as "Judge Judy."
From the listing: Harness the magic combination of romance, originality, location and drama found at the Sherry Netherland, where elegance and exoticism, both flamboyant and reserved, permeate through this one-of-a-kind mixed used tower. See full details here.

795-Fifth-Avenue-01 All images of The Pierre via Christie's International Real Estate
The Pierre's elegant design by Schultze & Weaver features a sophisticated Renaissance facade and iconic mansard roof to bring a touch of Parisian style to the Upper East Side. The hotel has been one of New York's finest since its opening in 1930, and the 1959 conversion of the upper floors to co-ops has further added to its cachet.
From the listing: Residence 2704, located on a high floor of the mythical five-star Hotel Pierre, features south, west, and northern exposures which allows for breathtaking Central Park and legendary skyline views. Renovation and interior design by renowned English decorator Anouska Hempel complement and elevate this grand and gracious home to the highest level. See full details here.

A dream team of Rosario Candela and Warren & Wetmore is behind the limestone-clad edifice at 960 Fifth Avenue. An ornamental metal marquee adds gravitas to the attended Fifth Avenue entrance, and many of the apartments above soar to duplex heights, some with double-height living rooms and fireplaces.
960-Fifth-Avenue-02 Interiors via Compass
From the listing: This impressively scaled and beautifully proportioned duplex maisonette is in one of Fifth Avenue's most prestigious cooperatives. This unique home is the epitome of gracious elegance and is also the perfect stage for an imaginative modern interpretation. See full details here.

Ever since its opening in 1931, elites of all stripes have been drawn to the grand design and impressively proportioned apartments at the Rosario Candela-designed 834 Fifth Avenue. These have included Laurance Rockefeller, John Gutfreund, Rupert Murdoch, and Bruce Wasserstein. The smallest apartment measures 4,000 square feet, while the largest spans a whopping 12,000 square feet.

The arches, curves, and urns atop the limestone pinnacle of architect Rosario Candela’s 1040 Park Avenue leave an unmistakable mark on the Fifth Avenue skyline. Its 27 apartments feature spacious entrance galleries, fireplaces, and staff rooms in certain units. The co-op's front windows face the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where longtime resident Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis helped relocate the 2,000-year-old Temple of Dendur from Egypt during a dam-building project.
1040-Fifth-Avenue-02 Interiors via Douglas Elliman
From the listing: Move right in to this mint condition maisonette apartment with a separate maid's room in one of Fifth Avenue's most prestigious cooperative buildings. Located just off the lobby, the apartment offers an unusual amount of privacy and is unbelievably quiet due to its four paned windows. See full details here.

The Italian Renaissance-style palazzo, designed by the esteemed firm of McKim, Mead, and White, rose at 998 Fifth Avenue across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1912 and was named a New York City Landmark in 1974. From the start, the expansive apartments inside included marble framed doorways, a central vacuum-cleaning system, refrigerated wine cellars, safes for jewelry and silver, laundries with steam-drying devices, basement storage rooms and ample servants’ quarters

Top Fifth Avenue Buildings South of Central Park
641-Fifth-Avenue-01 Olympic Tower via Sotheby's International Realty
Developed by Aristotle Onassis, Olympic Tower was Midtown's first major mixed-use tower was built in 1976. But even in the wake of flashier supertalls a few blocks north on Billionaires' Row, the building's history, address near St. Patrick's Cathedral, and upper-level apartments with spectacular skyline and Central Park views have held onto their glamour.

Commercial developers who may be considering converting their Fifth Avenue offices to residential use should be heartened by the success story at 212 Fifth Avenue: The Schwartz & Gross-designed building was constructed as an office building in 1913 and converted to a condominium in 2016. In 2019, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' $80 million purchase of the triplex penthouse and two units below it was the largest ever to close below 42nd Street; a year later, he purchased another unit in the building for $16 million.

The St. Regis Hotel's reputation for attracting bold-faced names goes all the way back to its conception: John Jacob Astor was the developer of the Beaux Arts masterpiece, which opened in 1904. The hotel was partially converted to condos in 2006, and residents have access to the elegant amenity spaces and five-star services, including personal butlers.

400-Fifth-Avenue-01 400 Fifth Avenue via The Corcoran Group
A newer addition to the local skyline, 400 Fifth Avenue's simple shape and metallic crown were inspired by surrounding architecture. The interiors include both the five-star Langham Hotel and 190 units on the upper floors. There is a separate residential entrance on East 36th Street, and all units were designed to make the most or Empire State Building and Manhattan skyline views. Residents have access to both exclusive amenities and the hotel's services.

As the site of several protests over the past four years, Trump Tower's reputation has unquestionably taken a hit. However, the building's soaring height, game-changing glass facade, and high-floor apartments with panoramic skyline and Central Park views have made an indelible impression on the city as a whole.

Future Developments
520-Fifth-Avenue-01 Previous rendering of 520 Fifth Avenue via Handel Architects/Ceruzzi Holdings
The site of 520 Fifth Avenue has sat quiet for the past few years, but 2021 began with permits being filed for a 70-story tower expected to contain retail, a restaurant, office space on floors 4-28, 98 condos on floors 31-68, and upper-level amenity space. A timeline is not yet available for this project, but we can already say with certainty that residents and employees alike will appreciate the proximity to Bryant Park, Grand Central Terminal, and Times Square.

On the corner of East 54th Street, a commercial tower once known as “the Gucci building” is being redeveloped and expanded into a 69-unit condominium to be managed by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Details are not yet available about the apartments, but residents will have access to a 25th floor lounge and rooftop pool upon completion.

262-Fifth-Avenue-01 Rendering of 262 Fifth Avenue via DBOX/Meganom
The site of 262 Fifth Avenue has sat quiet for some time, but it's not likely to stay that way when construction starts: Renderings show a slender tower with aluminum and glass walls, a semi-enclosed roof deck, and a soaring height that guarantees jaw-dropping views of the Midtown and Lower Manhattan skylines.

572 Fifth Avenue — East 47th Street

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572-Fifth-Avenue-01 Possible rendering of 572 Fifth Avenue via BYENCORE
At the end of 2018, it was revealed that Extell Development paid $62.5 million to acquire 572 Fifth Avenue as part of the firm's plans for a massive hotel with several hundred guest rooms. Further details are unknown, including the architect, but it is possible that the project could include a pied-a-terre component.

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