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Classic seven living room at 30 Sutton Place (Sotheby's International) Classic seven living room at 30 Sutton Place (Sotheby's International)
Some things can sound self-explanatory in the New York real estate lexicon, but a bit of clarification may be in order. In classic fives, “classic” refers to the prewar era in which they were popularized, and “five” refers to the rooms this floor plan must include: a living room, a formal dining room, a kitchen, and two equitably sized bedrooms. These are often confused with the “Edwardian five,” which have the same number of rooms but were designed with a single adult and live-in servant in mind; as a result, one bedroom is significantly larger than the other in such units.
875 West End Avenue #7C floor plan Classic five floor plan via Brown Harris Stevens

Classic six apartments offer the same rooms as classic fives, but with the addition of a maid’s room, typically located near the kitchen and with an en suite bath. While those without live-in staff can certainly use this as a third bedroom, it must be noted that this one often has significantly less space and privacy than the full-size bedrooms. This space would also work well as a home office, gym, media room, artist’s studio, or whatever else the buyer can dream up.
447-East-57th-Street-01 Classic six floor plan via Douglas Elliman

Classic seven apartments have been described as classic sixes with an extra bedroom: They feature a living room, formal dining room, three equitably sized bedrooms (which makes this model a good fit for families with children), and a maid’s room with en suite bath.
1020-Park-Avenue-01 Classic seven floor plan via Compass
As a result of the era in which they were built, classic five through seven apartments are often rich in architectural details from the time, including high ceilings, gracious foyers, hardwood floors, eye-catching moldings, well-proportioned rooms, and, for some lucky owners, wood-burning fireplaces and private outdoor space.

Classic layouts such as these are most frequently found in prewar cooperatives in established neighborhoods like the Upper East Side and Upper West Side. Newer construction has mostly abandoned these traditional models in favor of an open plan that makes for an airier atmosphere and more natural light; however, after months of families trying to live, work, and study in one apartment, apartments with clearly divided rooms might experience a new appreciation. Some modern condos have tried to present a contemporary take on these layouts, but there's no substitute for these timeless units.

A full, sortable list of classic five, six, and seven apartments may be found below. We also take a look at the most appealing options on the market today.


Featured Classic Five Listings

600-West-111th-Street-01 All images of 600 West 111th Street via Level Group Inc.
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From the Listing: Located steps from Riverside Park, 5C is a newly updated/renovated Classic Five designed with city living at its best in mind, featuring dramatic 9'+ ceilings, beautiful wood floors and plenty of storage throughout The versatile entrance foyer/home office flows naturally into the oversized great room/formal dining room. The bright, comfortable living room is perfect for relaxing family time or gracious entertaining. The windowed chef's kitchen has a breakfast bar, Blomberg washer/dryer combo, Viking range and dishwasher, and Sub-Zero refrigerator. Both bedrooms enjoy spacious proportions and large closets, and the primary bath features marble walls and floors, heated towel rack, walk-in shower and soaking tub. See floor plan and full details here.

870-Fifth-Avenue-01 All images of 870 Fifth Avenue via Sotheby's International Realty
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From the Listing: Welcome to this spacious, south-facing, and sunny classic five Fifth Avenue home at the corner of 68th Street. The apartment features a fabulous 32' by 14' living room, a dining room, 2 generously sized bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The gracious entry foyer flows directly into a fabulous and luminous living room with south exposure and indirect views of Central Park. On the left side of the entry foyer, you will find a separate dining room. It is located right by a windowed kitchen that can also be accessed by a service entrance. On the private wing of the apartment, a convenient little corridor separates the public space from the bedrooms, creating a sense of privacy for the apartment residents. See floor plan and full details here.
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136-Esat-64th-Street-01 All images of 136 East 64th Street via Triplemint
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From the Listing: This elegant, fully renovated classic five apartment melds modern conveniences (5-inch wide plank white oak floors, new skyline windows, Waterworks kitchen, and custom marble bathrooms) with unique architectural details such as crown moldings, beamed ceilings, and a wood-burning fireplace. The spacious living room features space for multiple seating areas and is flooded with southern light. The elegant dining room is paneled with custom millwork of a by-gone era. The windowed kitchen has been custom designed and manufactured by Waterworks and outfitted with the latest top-of-the-line appliances. Additional features of this home include a bespoke radiator and through-the-wall air conditioning covers, a new Miele washing machine, and a dryer that vents to the outside. See floor plan and full details here.

300-Central-Park-West-01 All images of The Eldorado via Compass
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From the Listing: Classic five at the Upper West Side's iconic Eldorado! Entering the spacious foyer, you are immediately struck by the grand scale proportions of this stunning apartment. To the left of the magnificent foyer, framed by a beautiful arched entrance, lies the majestic living room boasting new large north-facing casement windows and a lovely fireplace. On your right, the formal dining room exudes elegance and offers that perfect dining atmosphere, whether it is for an intimate setting or a large dinner soiree. The fully equipped and renovated windowed kitchen adjoins the dining room and offers abundant cabinetry and stainless appliances. The beautifully proportioned bedrooms are privately situated, separated from the living and entertaining space, as well as from each other, and are located on either side of the long hallway. See floor plan and full details here.

51-Fifth-Avenue-01 All images of 51 Fifth Avenue via Compass
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From the Listing: This elegant pre-war home on lower Fifth Avenue has large rooms, great charm, and wonderful light. A classic five that includes a large entrance gallery, gracious living room with wood-burning fireplace, formal dining room, primary bedroom with en suite bathroom, an additional corner bedroom with a renovated bathroom, and a recently renovated windowed kitchen with premium appliances and fixtures, Cesarstone countertops, and abundant pantry storage. This corner apartment offers all the special details one hopes for, including hardwood floors, moldings, high beamed ceilings, excellent closet space, and three exposures. See floor plan and full details here.

320-Central-Park-West-01 All images of The Ardsley via Douglas Elliman
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From the Listing: Currently sold as two separate units, #4H is a large two-bedroom, two-bath apartment with a large foyer/gallery and a spacious, windowed, separate eat-in kitchen while unit #4G is a classic five apartment, featuring very large bedrooms plus a separate dining room. Unit #4G also features a peak of Central Park from its living room's east facing window. All other windows face north onto 92nd Street.

Both apartments are in original condition making this an ideal blank canvas for those looking to design their dream home. The original herringbone hardwood floors are in excellent condition. Abundant storage is available: there are six large walk-in-closets in total for both units. The original, casement windows can be restored or replaced with board approval. There are tall, beamed ceilings throughout.
See floor plan and full details here.

Classic Six Listings

790-Riverside-Drive-01 All images of The Riviera via Douglas Elliman
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From the Listing: Move right into this original classic six, perfectly reconfigured into a spacious and beautifully renovated 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with washer/dryer located in The Riviera. Upon entering, a gracious inviting living room welcomes you. Beautifully proportioned, this room flows seamlessly into the formal dining room. The dining room comfortably seats 6-8 and is perfect for household dinners and hosting parties. The windowed kitchen enjoys ample custom cabinetry, beautiful countertops, including an eat in area, and stainless steel appliances. The epitome of tranquility, the primary bedroom enjoys a view of the historical opera house. The secondary bedrooms are quiet and comfortable, enjoying the same view and offering the perfect opportunity for a home office! See floor plan and full details here.

500-West-111th-Street-01 All images of 500 West 111th Street via Compass
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From the Listing: Turn-of-the-century classic six masterpiece! This magnificent top floor residence offers a serene picturesque view overlooking St. John the Divine Cathedral, garden and fountain. This dream home showcases stunning high coffered ceilings, elaborate paneled woodwork, moldings and wainscoting, mahogany and oak inlaid parquet floors, elegant French doors and original hardware. The gracious layout features a side-by-side living room and formal dining room, a large open kitchen with custom oak cabinetry and granite counters. A long gallery hallway leads to two bedrooms, maid's room, and 1.5 baths. See floor plan and full details here.

325-East-57th-Street-01 All images of 325 East 57th Street via Sotheby's International Realty
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From the Listing: This spacious and beautifully renovated prewar Classic 6 boasts open exposures from every room, generous proportions and classic prewar details. The welcoming foyer leads to a bright and spacious living room with high ceilings, custom millwork and a wood-burning fireplace. Adjacent to the living room is a formal dining room large enough to host a sizable dinner party or may be comfortably used as a library. The mint condition windowed kitchen features an eat-in breakfast bar, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Viking stove, marble countertops, custom cabinetry, as well as butler's pantry with an additional sink, storage and a Bosch washer and dryer. Additional features include through wall HVAC in every room and the apartment wired for sound with built-in speakers. See floor plan and full details here.

447-East-57th-Street-01 All images of 447 East 57th Street via Douglas Elliman
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From the Listing: Located in one of Sutton Place's finest, full service "white glove" cooperatives, this grand classic six was designed by Rosario Candela in 1928. This south-facing 2 bedroom (convertible 4-bed) apartment offers a semi-private elevator landing ensures the utmost privacy, and leads to a large, welcoming foyer. Wrapped around windows that stream light into the apartment. The grandly proportioned living room is an exceptional space, featuring French doors that open into Juliet balconies, 9' ceilings, crown molding, wood floors, and a wood-burning fire place. It comfortably accommodates multiple seating areas, elegant wood paneled library with built in bookcases, long dining room with two French windows with Juliet balconies perfect for dinner parties. See floor plan and full details here.

49-East-96th-Street-01 All images of 49 East 96th Street via Sotheby's International Realty
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From the Listing: Move right in to this bright and spacious classic 6 layout that has been thoughtfully and meticulously renovated maximizing every space for storage and closets. Apartment 10A has two bedrooms, a den or third bedroom and two full bathrooms – every inch of this apartment has been graciously modernized, while maintaining its prewar aesthetic including beamed ceilings and gorgeous hardwood floors. Brand new sound-proofed windows have been installed throughout the apartment. Enter through a long elegant foyer which leads into a sizable and sunny living room with western exposure. See floor plan and full details here.

1230-Park-Avenue-01 All images of 1230 Park Avenue via Brown Harris Stevens
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From the Listing: This well proportioned, classic six apartment in an elegant Park Avenue building has two bedrooms plus maids room and 2.5 baths. An exceptionally bright apartment with 13 windows and a generous corner living room that abuts an expansive nearly 40 foot long terrace. A spacious entry gallery connects the principal public rooms, the more private bedroom wing and the service wing with its kitchen and maids room. The bedrooms are generously proportioned and sensibly laid out with ample storage and convenient bath access. A beautifully updated and opened kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and elegant cabinetry. See floor plan and full details here.

900-Fifth-Avenue-01 All images of 900 Fifth Avenue via Sotheby's International Realty
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From the Listing: Apartment 7C is a classic six with a clear view and is luxuriously spacious; estimated to be 2,000 square feet. The living room and the larger bedroom face south, with spectacular views over the Frick gardens, Central Park, the skyline of Central Park South, and the lights of Midtown. The windows in the apartment were recently upgraded to building specifications, and the building itself underwent an extensive exterior overhaul recently, replacing the original white ceramic brick with Landmarks-approved soft gray natural brick. Apartment 7C is in original condition and has had only two owners in 60 years. See floor plan and full details here.

983-Park-Avenue-01 All images of 983 Park Avenue via Warburg Realty
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From the Listing: Bring your architect and design your dream home! 5D is a large prewar classic six with a great layout and wonderful light. Enter from a semi-private landing into a grand gallery. The apartment features a side by side living room and formal dining room, two bedrooms with en suite baths, an eat-in windowed kitchen, and a staff room or home office with a bath. The apartment has lovely architectural details throughout including 10' beamed ceilings, and beautiful herringbone wood floors. See floor plan and full details here.

125-East-63rd-Street-01 All images of 125 East 63rd Street via Sotheby's International Realty
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From the Listing: Located on the top floor of a prewar boutique co-op, this beautifully proportioned classic six is sun-flooded and enjoys open city and skyline views. A gracious entry foyer leads to an alluring south-facing living room with attractive prewar details, high ceilings, wood-burning fireplace and custom built-in bookshelves. Adjacent to the living room, an unformal dining room completes the graceful and flowing entertaining area. The bedroom wing with southern exposures features two light-filled spacious bedrooms and two windowed baths. See floor plan and full details here.

55-Central-Park-West-01 All images of 55 Central Park West via Warburg Realty
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From the Listing: This oversized classic six is in one of the most celebrated examples of Art Deco architecture on Central Park West. Its layout is on a grand scale, including an elegant and spacious gallery leading to a sunken living room, where your eyes are immediately drawn to the park and skyline views across town. Through the (appx) 400-square-foot dining room, you'll find a lovely private corner terrace The windowed kitchen is accessed via a large pantry off the dining room, and includes a staff room with half bath. Both bedrooms face Central Park and have en suite baths. See floor plan and full details here.

Classic Seven Listings

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From the Listing: Welcome to 20 Sutton Place South, #19B! This is an amazing opportunity to design a high-floor classic seven home, which includes a bonus maid's room with a full bath on a separate floor! The layout is currently configured as 3 bedrooms, formal dining room, 3 bathrooms and an enlarged kitchen with a huge closet, as well as a separate laundry area with service entrance. You will enjoy wonderful light from the east and north exposures and indirect river views from the living room, primary and second bedrooms. Although a post-war building, the apartment has a gracious prewar feel with its high ceilings and a fireplace. See floor plan and full details here.

410-East-57th-Street-01 All images of 410 East 57th Street via Corcoran
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From the Listing: Prewar elegance and grand proportions define this sprawling three-bedroom, three-bathroom Classic 7 residence in a white-glove Sutton Place cooperative. Spanning a decadent 2,200 square feet, this refined home begins with a long gallery foyer that nods to the sophistication found throughout. Soaring beamed ceilings rise overhead, handsome herringbone hardwood floors run underfoot, and multiple closets effortlessly attend to storage needs. The oversized living room invites you to relax in front of the warm wood-burning fireplace while French doors reveal a bedroom currently used as a study. Pocket doors open to a lavish formal dining room, and the extra-large eat-in kitchen boasts abundant cabinet space, a breakfast bar and upscale stainless steel appliances, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, gas range, double wall ovens and a dishwasher. See floor plan and full details here.

340-East-72nd-Street-01 All images of 340 East 72nd Street via Compass
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From the Listing: Don't miss this incredible opportunity to own this generously scaled classic seven (3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom) prewar apartment, which includes an additional separate room on the second floor, in an established, full service, white glove cooperative on desirable 72nd Street. From the semi-private landing, one enters the welcoming foyer which opens into an enormous north-facing living room featuring a wall of oversized windows overlooking beautiful 72nd Street and a handsome working wood burning fireplace. The apartment's prewar details remain in intact and include 9'2' ceilings, hardwood floors, and moldings. Abundant closet space throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

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From the Listing: Light and views abound at this Park Avenue classic seven with spacious rooms and over-sized, soundproofed windows. A gracious foyer greets you and opens into a beautifully scaled living room with an expansive Park Avenue outlook. Three generously proportioned bedrooms are perfectly placed together in this traditional layout; each has an en-suite bath. Enjoy direct Park Avenue views from the living room and two of the bedrooms as sunlight pours into the apartment; the other rooms enjoy open western exposures. See floor plan and full details here.

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From the Listing: Rich with history and pre-war details, this classic seven in prime Brooklyn Heights offers the warmth of real inlaid herringbone wood floors, plaster moldings, high ceilings, and your very own marble-mantled wood-burning fireplace in the oversized living room. Enter the apartment into a formal entryway and head left to a stunning living room with a wall of east and south-facing windows, the aforementioned fireplace, and then through an opening to a formal dining room perfect for gatherings large and small, with corner windows facing north and east. The kitchen includes granite countertops, Sub-Zero fridge, Miele dishwasher, and the ability to expand into the den if you want to create the oversized eat-in chef’s kitchen of your dreams. See floor plan and full details here.
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70-East-77th-Street-01 All images of 70 East 77th Street via Sotheby's International Realty
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From the Listing: This south-facing home in a highly coveted prewar cooperative features four exposures, plenty of natural light, a highly coveted classic seven layout, and charming prewar details throughout. Enter through the elegant foyer into a the superb south-facing living room which boasts a wood burning fire place, time period moldings, 9.5' beamed ceilings and pristine herringbone pattern hardwood flooring. This magnificent room leads into the striking formal dining room with oversized windows. The recently designed chef's windowed kitchen features a charming breakfast nook, custom cabinetry, and plenty of granite countertop and storage space. See floor plan and full details here.

8-East-96th-Street-01 All images of 8 East 96th Street via Sotheby's International Realty
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From the Listing: This rarely available and fully renovated classic seven in a sought-after Rosario Candela cooperative is fabulously located just off Fifth Avenue and one building down from Central Park. A gracious entry foyer welcomes you to a wonderfully proportioned living room replete with prewar details, over-sized windows, open city views, high ceilings, custom built-ins and a beautiful wood burning fireplace. Adjacent to the living room and perfect for entertaining is the over-sized formal dining room boasting south and east exposures. The gourmet windowed kitchen includes a thoughtfully incorporated breakfast bar, premium finishes and top-of-the-line appliances. Separated by a butler's pantry is a home office, which could easily be converted into a media room or guest bedroom. See floor plan and full details here.
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136-East-64th-Street-01 All images of 136 East 64th Street via Sotheby's International Realty
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From the Listing: No expense was spared in this classic seven's renovation to the highest standards of this three-bedroom + home office, three full-bath home. From the semi-private landing, shared with one neighbor, enter into the pin-drop quiet home via a graciously sized entry gallery that leads to the home's entertaining spaces. To your right is the southern facing formal living room, featuring sumptuous lacquered walls, a wood-burning fireplace with stone mantel, and streaming southern light. To your left of the entry gallery is the heart of the home: the eastern facing informal living and dining area replete with wet bar. The superb layout offers a clear delineation between public and private areas, with the private wing boasting three generously-sized bedrooms and two entirely renovated white marble baths - completing this unparalleled offering. See floor plan and full details here.

30-Sutton-Place-01 All images of 30 Sutton Place via Sotheby's International Realty
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From the Listing: This expansive classic seven has beautifully scaled rooms and an extraordinary level of finish, with more than forty feet of southern light overlooking the treetops of charming Sutton Place below. Outfitted with state-of-the-art systems, this meticulously renovated 3-bedroom and 3-bath plus office/staff room offers approximately 2,575 square feet of classic pre-war details with south, north and west exposures from thirteen windows and features a Sonos sound system, central A/C, and high ceilings throughout. A gracious entry foyer with hand-painted, inlaid hardwood flooring opens in to the majestic living room featuring a wood-burning fireplace and a sunlight exposure from two large windows. This flows beautifully to the library or third bedroom with built-in bookshelves. See floor plan and full details here.

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