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35 Sutton Place via Elliman 35 Sutton Place via Elliman
Over the past decade or so, open-plan apartments have seen an incredible rise in number and popularity, and it would be natural to wonder what's not to like about this. After all, it allows incredible natural light to make its way to all corners of the home. It also makes for excellent flexibility and creates the appearance of greater square footage, which is especially important in a city like New York.

However, there is something to be said for traditional layouts like the classic six. Some architecture aficionados and history buffs have always preferred this model over the more modern open plan, but it has taken on greater significance in these troubled times. With whole families holed up in New York apartments until the quarantine restrictions lift, the clearly defined rooms can make for clearly defined zones for work, study, recreation, and privacy as we try to make and stick to new routines. And in a worst-case scenario, being able to close a door and stick to one room in the home can make self-isolation easier to follow.

Below, see a selection of traditionally laid out apartments throughout Manhattan. Staying inside is somewhat easier to abide with such gorgeous views and architectural details to enjoy. When we can all go out again, they are excellently located near some of New York's best parks, shopping, dining, and cultural institutions. And while the news has been scary as of late, these prices are not: All apartments are listed below $2 million.

890-West-End-Avenue-1 All images of 890 West End Avenue via Wohlfarth & Associates
From the listing:
Ready for something a little different? This classic six with north, south, east, and west exposures has been renovated to perfection in 21st-century style, while preserving the pre-war charm of patterned hardwood floors and high ceilings throughout. The entrance foyer opens into a spacious, open living, dining and kitchen expanse that is perfect for gracious entertaining and informal living. Custom cherry wood sliding doors reveal a walk-in closet, built-in entertainment center, and an outfitted pantry. See floor plan and full listing here.

983-Park-Avenue-1 All images of 983 Park Avenue via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
Huge classic six available in one of Park Avenue's premiere white glove coops. This apartment offers a wonderful layout with large rooms and excellent light. Enter from a semi-private landing into a spacious entry gallery. This apartment has wonderful prewar details throughout including 10 foot beamed ceilings, beautiful herringbone floors and a classic layout. See floor plan and full details here.

430-East-57th-Street-1 All images of 430 East 57th Street via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
Move right into this beautifully renovated classic six apartment in one of the most prestigious and elegant prewar co-ops in the Sutton Place area. Enter into a gracious foyer which opens to an extra-large living room with three large windows, a wood-burning fireplace, beamed ceilings and beautiful custom bookshelves. The over-sized formal dining room has been opened to the living room to accommodate today's modern lifestyle and makes it perfect for sophisticated entertaining. See floor plan and full details here.

675-West-End-Avenue-1 All images of 675 West End Avenue via Compass
From the listing:
An updated Classic Six with timeless prewar charm and an Old World, West Side academic vibe. Spacious, warm and inviting, this home is sure to please if you’re looking for style and space. The living room and formal dining room are perfect for hosting dinner parties and celebrated gatherings. See floor plan and full details here.

29-East-64th-Street-1 All images of 29 East 64th Street via Brown Harris Stevens
From the listing:
Elegantly appointed with a sophisticated European ambiance, this desirable home features brand new thermopane windows throughout and comprises a central entrance foyer, opening to a generously-scaled living room with large windows affording attractive views south of the sky and distinguished architecture of the Verona on the south side of East 64th Street. A private bedroom hallway leads to the master suite with over-sized bedroom, excellent closets and marble bathroom. The second bedroom also offers an en suite marble bathroom. See floor plan and full details here.

14-East-90th-Street-1 All images of The Temple Court via Elliman
From the listing:
Enter this classic six through a gracious gallery that separates the large living room with a wood-burning fireplace, from the formal dining room with lovely bay windows. This layout creates a 47' expanse and makes for the perfect entertaining space. The home continues with a windowed kitchen with a breakfast bar, a master suite, and a second bedroom -- currently used as a library. See floor plan and full details here.

444-Central-Park-West-1 All images of 444 Central Park West via Compass
From the listing:
Classic six in an Art Deco cooperative on Central Park West features two king-sized bedrooms, each with renovated en suite bathrooms and two custom fitted walk-in closets. The dining room is directly off the kitchen and separated from the living room and the third bedroom with glassed French doors. The windowed kitchen has a vented washer/dryer. See floor plan and full details here.

129-East-82nd-Street-1 All images of 129 East 82nd Street via Compass
From the listing:
Classic six in an Emery Roth-designed cooperative has been re-imagined, redesigned and built for today’s lifestyle. This open plan living room, dining room and kitchen on the third floor of an elegant 1916 building is just the place to call home. The generous rooms have 9'6" ceilings, beautiful oak floors, original beamed ceiling details, and a working fireplace. The gorgeous custom designed kitchen with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, Carrara marble counter tops and washer/dryer is most inviting for everyday enjoyment and gracious entertaining. See floor plan and full details here.

35-Sutton-Place-1 All images of 35 Sutton Place via Elliman
From the listing:
Located in an elegant Manhattan neighborhood, this elegant classic six home enjoys direct views of the East River and the iconic 59th Street bridge. The side-by-side living room and formal dining room, separated by a welcoming gallery, are well-suited for entertaining and comfortable living. The C-line riverfront balcony has been enclosed, lengthening the already expansive living room to 35 feet and providing north, east, and south views of the East River panorama. See floor plan and full details here.

116-East-68th-Street-1 All images of Milan House via Compass
From the listing:
From an elegant semi-private entry one enters the spacious foyer of this large, light-filled classic six prewar residence at the prestigious Millan House. With a gracious layout, perfectly proportioned rooms, and ceiling heights exceeding nine feet, this inviting home features all of the hallmarks of elegant prewar living. The foyer is flanked by a large living room with a wood-burning fireplace and a beautifully proportioned dining room with Parquet de Versailles flooring, offering an impressive 48' expanse, perfect for gracious entertaining. See floor plan and full details here.

Honorable Mentions
129-East-82nd-Street-4 129 East 82nd Street via The Corcoran Group
325-Riverside-Drive-1 325 Riverside Drive via Rise Media/The Corcoran Group

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