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Classic five living room (Wohlfarth & Associates) Classic five living room (Wohlfarth & Associates)
"Classic five" apartments may sound self-explanatory, but a bit of clarification is often in order. "Five" refers to the number of rooms this floor plan must include: a living room, a formal dining room, a kitchen, and two full bedrooms rich in details of the "classic" period in which they were built. Among these are high ceilings, spacious rooms, gracious entryways, hardwood floors, and, for lucky owners, wood-burning fireplaces. What they don't come with is a maid's room and the accompanying extra bath. Modern buyers don't often come with live-in staff, but they have come to appreciate all the extra space they can get.
875 West End Avenue #7C floor plan Classic five floor plan via Brown Harris Stevens
The equitable size of the bedrooms sets classic fives apart from the much-confused Edwardian fives: These apartments were built with a single adult and a live-in servant in mind. As a result, one bedroom is significantly larger than the other.

Classic fives often start in lower price ranges than their larger counterparts. However, their location in cooperatives by prominent prewar architects and in upscale neighborhoods lends a certain cachet that nudges prices up.
91-Central-Park-West-1 All images of 91 Central Park West via Corcoran
91-Central-Park-West-2 Bedroom
91-Central-Park-West-3 Study
91 Central Park West #13E floor plan Floor plan
This high-floor corner residence in a building designed by Schwartz & Gross features phenomenal architectural details that masterfully enhance the gracious layout and heighten the finest elements of a prewar classic five design. With 9'6" ceilings throughout, the magnificent foyer opens to a breathtaking living room and dining area that includes dark oak herringbone floors and a magnificent custom built-in blackened steel wall unit. See further details here.
935-Park-Avenue-1 All images of 935 Park Avenue via Warburg
935-Park-Avenue-2 Kitchen
935-Park-Avenue-3 Bedroom
935 Park Avenue #9B floor plan Floor plan
Classic five in a prewar building has been gut renovated with new floors, contemporary finishes, top-of-the-line appliances, modernized baths, and fully outfitted closets. A gracious entry foyer leads to a spacious living room with a working fireplace and adjacent dining room bathed in natural light from north and south exposures. See further details here.
875-West-End-Avenue-1 All images of 875 West End Avenue via Brown Harris Stevens
875-West-End-Avenue-2 Gallery
875-West-End-Avenue-3 Dining room
875 West End Avenue #7C floor plan Floor plan
Introduced through an entry foyer and gallery, all rooms in this superbly designed classic five in a Rosario Candela building are generous in size. Features include high ceilings, hardwood floors, classic wall moldings, French doors, excellent northern light, and extensive closet and storage space. See further details here.
2-Sutton-Place-1 All images of 2 Sutton Place via Douglas Elliman
2-Sutton-Place-2 Dining room
2-Sutton-Place-3 Library
2 Sutton Place #15A floor plan Floor plan
This is an ideal classic five home combining formal prewar charm with modern conveniences. The 25' living room with wood burning fireplace has a large window with northeastern views of the city, and the handsome dining room, flooded with afternoon light, is perfect for entertaining. See further details here.
435-East-57th-Street-1 All images of 435 East 57th Street via Corcoran
435-East-57th-Street-2 Kitchen
435-East-57th-Street-3 Bedroom
435 East 57th Street #16B floor plan Floor plan
The spacious layout of this sun-drenched, classic five prewar co-op features an open foyer, expansive living room, separate dining area, and ample closet space. The windowed-kitchen has brand-new Sub Zero, Bosch and Viking appliances, and each of the two southern-facing bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and great closet space. See further details here.
395-Riverside-Drive-1 All images of 395 Riverside Drive via Wohlfarth & Associates
395-Riverside-Drive-2 Dining area
395-Riverside-Drive-3 Bedroom
395 Riverside Drive #4C floor plan Floor plan
Beautiful pre-war details, such as nine-foot ceilings, moldings, French doors and herringbone patterned hardwood floors can be found through this grand classic five. The 24' living room and 20' master bedroom overlook a peaceful stretch of Riverside Park, with seasonal river views which receive excellent light. See further details here.
215-West-91st-Street-1 All images of The De Soto via Brown Harris Stevens
215-West-91st-Street-2 Dining room
215 West 91st Street #125 floor plan Floor plan
Classic five in a prewar Beaux Arts buildings boasts 9'6" ceilings, hardwood floors, gorgeous prewar details, and a dramatic 17' entry gallery. The generously proportioned formal dining room is perfectly located off of the windowed kitchen, which makes for convenient entertaining. See further details here.
419-East-57th-Street-1 All images of 419 East 57th Street via Douglas Elliman
419-East-57th-Street-2 Kitchen
419-East-57th-Street-3 Bedroom
419 East 57th Street #12C floor plan Floor plan
Elegant classic five comes with skim coated walls, new crown molding throughout, high beamed ceilings, lots of details, beautiful hardwood floors, wood-burning fireplace, gracious entry foyer, bright southern exposures, and everything one could want in a prewar home. The kitchen has been tastefully renovated with new, state-of-the-art appliances including a washer/dryer. See further details here.
151-West-74th-Street-1 All images of 151 West 74th Street via Brown Harris Stevens
151-West-74th-Street-2 Dining room
151-West-74th-Street-3 Bedroom
151 West 74th Street #4A floor plan Floor plan
The spacious entrance foyer of this sunny, spacious classic five leads to a wide open living room and formal dining room. An equally sun-filled master bedroom easily accommodates a king-sized bed and features an en-suite bath, a wealth of custom built-in closets, and overhead storage. See further details here.
935-Park-Avenue-1 All images of 935 Park Avenue via Brown Harris Stevens
935-Park-Avenue-2 Dining room
935-Park-Avenue-3 Bedroom
935 Park Avenue #4B floor plan Floor plan
A thoughtful renovation preserved the high ceilings, herringbone floors, moldings, gracious proportions, elegant flow, and windows in this serene classic five. The master bedroom and second bedroom both have quiet double exposures, as well as their own bathrooms, and plenty of closet space for seasonal wardrobes and shoes. See further details here.
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