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The San Remo, one of Mr. Roth's most iconic buildings, via Corcoran The San Remo, one of Mr. Roth's most iconic buildings, via Corcoran
To look at the elegant buildings on Central Park West, not to mention the prices of the gorgeous apartments within, it is hard to imagine a time when it was not one of New York’s most in-demand neighborhoods. However, about a century ago, the area was perceived to be an isolated wilderness that the city’s gentry feared to tread. That’s where Emery Roth comes in.

Mr. Roth is one of three architects that epitomize prewar architecture in New York City. But while J.E.R. Carpenter and Rosario Candela set new standards for Upper East Side living, Roth’s background as an unschooled Jewish immigrant tended to shut him out from commissions in this neighborhood. Therefore, he turned his attention to Manhattan’s West Side, an area that The Real Deal notes was becoming popular among affluent Jewish New Yorkers, not to mention actors and artists.

"A residential skyscraper in classical garb, the San Remo epitomizes Roth’s ability to combine the traditional with the modern, an urbane amalgam of luxury and convenience, decorum and drama." - Landmarks Preservation Commission

In addition to breaking new boundaries geographically, Mr. Roth embraced height restrictions and other regulations as creative challenges. This attitude would set his buildings apart and put his eponymous firm in high demand, even in neighborhoods that previously spurned him. Signature motifs include twin-towered high-rises, temple-inspired domes to hide unsightly water towers, and combinations of classical themes and ornate styles. The firm was renamed Emery Roth & Sons a year before Mr. Roth’s death in 1948, and it came to specialize in glass towers throughout New York that greatly influenced the city's architecture.
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While the firm ceased operations in the 1990s, its founder’s work has not been forgotten. Some of his buildings have been designated New York City landmarks, and the words “Emery Roth-designed” add instant cachet to any real estate listing. His designs remain popular with New York luminaries - Bette Midler recently sold the triplex penthouse she listed for $50 million at 1125 Fifth Avenue, an Emery Roth building designed in the Neo-Renaissance style and dating back to the 1920s. When she listed the apartment in September 2019, The New York Times noted that the apartment was renovated into an airier space that Ms. Midler described as "a country house in the city." However, original features like oversized windows, wood-burning fireplaces, and terraces overlooking Central Park remain intact.
1125-Fifth-Avenue-02 1125 Fifth Avenue floor plan via Brown Harris Stevens
Ms. Midler and her husband Martin von Haselberg (not pictured) plan to downsize to a smaller New York apartment. It is not known whether they will look in another Emery Roth-designed building, but we can say that John Lennon, Humphrey Bogart, Bob Iger, Barbra Streisand, Clive Davis, Neil Simon, Helen Gurley Brown, Glenn Close, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Mary Tyler Moore, Diane Keaton, and Donna Karan are also among the galaxy of stars that have made his buildings their New York homes. We take a look at his most famous buildings, many of which rank among New York's most prestigious cooperatives.

Built in 1927 | 66 units | Beekman/Sutton Place
2 Availabilities from $670K - $4.3M

Southgate Google Earth aerial showing location of Southgate

From the Listing: Featured in the NEW YORK TIMES. Townhouse in the Sky with Three Lush Terraces...and John Lennon Nostalgia. Steeped in history and classically renovated to the highest standards, this former home of John Lennon is unlike any other property in the city. Three gorgeous, planted terraces each say 'I'll Follow the Sun' at different times of day.See full details here.

Built in 1930 | 17 units | Carnegie Hill
No Availabilties

993-Fifth-Avenue-1 993 Fifth Avenue (Douglas Elliman)
As one of Fifth Avenue’s most prominent and distinctive pre-war apartment buildings with a great paneled lobby and a very distinctive top. It is across the avenue from the Metropolitan Museum of Art whose grand staircase entrance is one-and-half-blocks to the north. The 19-story, Italian Renaissance-style building has only 17 apartments, most with two or more wood-burning fireplaces.

Built in 1929 | 74 units | Greenwich Village
No Availabilties

10-Sheridan-Square The Shenandoah, 10 Sheridan Square
This prominent, asymmetrical rental building is located on one of Greenwich Village's most famous intersections and one block from the Christopher Street subway station. The brown-brick building's features include casement windows, crenelated masonry, medieval-style parapets, and a Romanesque-inspired rooftop water tank enclosed with arcades. See full details here.

From the Listing: Avoid all the hassles of renting unfurnished by opting for our move-in ready, furnished apartments for flexible stays of a month, year, or even longer. We offer custom pricing for any duration. Rates may vary upon exact move in and move-out dates. See floor plan and full details here.

Built in 1915 | 26 units | Upper West Side
No Availabilties

601-West-End-Avenue 601 West End Avenue details via Douglas Elliman
601 West End Avenue has been described as one of the most elegant and most desirable on the Upper West Side. This limestone building is rich in Art Deco flourishes, architectural accents to bring out its height, and arched windows on the top floor. See full details here.

Built in 1929 | 134 units | Midtown East

480-Park-Avenue-1 The Antoinettes via The Modlin Group

From the Listing: Located in a highly sought after Emory Roth Cooperative, 5C is a triple mint seven into a six-room apartment that has been painstakingly renovated to combine classic details and proportions of the pre-war era with the functionality for today's needs.

A grand gallery functions as an elegant dining room that can be closed off by custom wood-paneled doors. Through the gallery is an oversized south-facing living room with 10-foot ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, and beautiful crown moldings. On the north side of the living room is a wall of built-ins that open to an elegant bar, one of four private home office spaces, and an abundance of storage including built-in satin wood filing cabinets.
See floor plan and full details here.

320-Central-Park-West-1 The Ardsley via Douglas Elliman

This classic corner apartment in an Emery Roth-designed co-op is filled with sunlight and open city views through oversized casement windows. It has been renovated to maximize the already abundant space and light, and beautiful prewar details include beamed ceilings, crown molding, and original wood floors. All bedrooms offer generous closet space and en suite baths. See full details here.

Built in 1931 | 201 units | Upper West Side

300-Central-Park-West-1 The Eldorado (Corcoran)
From the Listing: Step into this classic six in one of the finest Central Park West cooperatives one of Emery Roth's crowning achievements, The Eldorado. Graciously proportioned, this roomy residence enjoys a massive living room, two large bedrooms, a dining room, and staff quarters, providing ample space for living comfortably or entertaining easily.

Entering the apartment through the semi-private landing welcomes one to this distinguished residence with exquisite prewar detail and lofty ceiling heights. The spacious gallery leads to an oversized living room with herringbone floors and beautiful casement windows with leafy green tree-top exposures.
See floor plan and full details here.

Built in 1926 | 142 units | Midtown East

465-Park-Avenue Ritz Tower

From the Listing: Apartment 26A in the legendary Ritz Tower is a rare meticulously preserved mid-century modern two-bedroom gem, high on the corner of 57th and Park. With three exposures North, South, and West, two breathtaking terraces, Apartment 26A is primed to become your elegant and chic home in the sky- in one of the most iconic and storied white-glove buildings in NYC. See floor plan and full details here.

Built in 1929 | 175 units | Upper West Side

211-Central-Park-West The Beresford

From the Listing: This impeccably gut renovated triple XXX mint designer home is the only fully renovated corner classic 9 on Central Park West currently on market. It effortlessly blends classic pre-war details with a precisely modern edge with an attention to detail not often seen in a renovation.

This beautiful classic sits directly on Central Park from the Northeast corner with 4 bedroom and 5.5 bathrooms. The oversized grand living room, master bedroom and den sit directly on Central Park view with custom millwork, custom marble, and oversized entrance ways with plenty of space for artwork. The oak-paneled dining room sits right off the living room and picks up the park views.
See floor plan and full details here.

Built in 1930 | 136 units | Central Park West

The San Remo (via Corcoran)
145-Central-Park-West The San Remo
San-Remo-celebrities Demi Moore, Donna Karen, Steve Martin, Mary Tyler Moore, Steve Martin, Dustin Hoffman, Bono, Glenn Close, Tiger Woods, Diane Keaton Notable personalities that live or have lived in the San Remo
From the Listing: First offering of an Impeccably renovated 5000+/- square foot 10 (was 13) room home in the iconic San Remo. Enormous rooms, brilliant light, French doors opening onto the Park. Now configured as three bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a powder room, plus a room-sized, fully built-out dressing room, this is the most glamorous and livable apartment available today on Central Park West. See floor plan and full details here.

Feautured Listings in Buildings Designed by Emory Roth

From the Listing: Residence 9D is a spacious pre-war Junior 4, one-bedroom, one-bathroom home at the Emery Roth designed and Art Deco style 7 Park Avenue cooperative. The apartment offers bright Southern exposure from the living room and quiet Northern exposure from the oversized bedroom, with a view of the Chrysler Building. One very important distinguishing feature is a separate dining area which offers plenty of extra space if one or more need to work from home. Additional apartment features include a large, windowed galley kitchen, windowed bathroom, high beamed ceilings, and spacious closets throughout. The D-line is the premier one-bedroom apartment in the building. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This exceptional prewar 3.5-room home is located on the charming 52nd Street cul-de-sac by the East River nestled between Beekman and Sutton Place. All the rooms have pleasant tree views and look out on an open plaza surrounded by townhouses. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Exceptionally bright, fully renovated high-floor corner 1 bedroom in an architectural gem on West End Avenue. This home underwent a full renovation in 2019 and features a windowed, open kitchen with dishwasher, gracious living room with open Western views to the river and wall of windows to the North, a king-sized bedroom, newly tiled bathroom, new fixtures, and ceiling fans, decorative radiator grills and all the pre-war details you would expect from an Emory Roth masterpiece. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Peaceful, easy-flowing one-bedroom apartment in Midtown East/Turtle Bay with beautiful, pristine hardwood floors throughout. Walk-in through a gracious foyer and to the right is a windowed kitchen complete with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, 6-burner Viking stove, Bosch dishwasher, and a very large custom-built pantry, and a custom built-in window seat. The northern-facing living/dining space is well-appointed and comfortable, marked with charming pre-war details including high ceilings, a picture ledge, a stunning mantle with mirror and a decorative fireplace. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Gorgeous open South and East Views bring in incredible light throughout the day! Situated on a tree-lined street in a meticulously maintained luxury Emory Roth Prewar building! This beautiful residence located on a prestigious private cul de sac near the East River is perched on a high floor with a lengthy terrace facing South and East with bright open views! This comfortable, quiet, and airy home has a large windowed kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances including a 5 burner Fisher Paykel range and dishwasher, and lengthy Burlington Elterwater stone counters. The serene and spacious master bedroom has a gorgeous marble windowed bathroom with a large shower stall and Dorn Bracht fixtures. The second bedroom is a cheerful South East corner, offering a peek of the River and its very own en-suite bathroom. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This Two bed, two bath home in the coveted F line at 2 Sutton Place South has been renovated to perfection. No detail was overlooked. Enter the foyer and behold beautiful dark hardwood floors with an inlaid geometric tiled "carpet" and a custom built-in marble bar and enclosed wine refrigerator. Step down into the East Facing living room which has gorgeous herringbone dark wood floors, beamed ceilings, a marble fireplace with an engraved metal mantelpiece, and lighted, custom-built cabinets with bejeweled hardware. The black lacquer closet doors, purchased at auction from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel with gold signature logo hardware are stunning. All lighting throughout the home is operated by a Lutron system. Wonderful morning light floods in with the northeast view of neighboring Sutton buildings, Queensboro Bridge, and a peak of the East River. HVAC cooling and heat throughout, and a separate storage bin transfers with the sale. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Large, sunny, stylish and mint-renovated home in a premier prewar condominium. This wonderful unit features a capacious foyer, a gracious living room with a wood-burning fireplace and three south-facing windows, a Miele/Liebherr kitchen with sleek cabinets and countertops, a beautiful main bathroom with Waterworks hardware, AND a separate half bath for guests See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Understated beauty with clean and simple lines. Located in a well-maintained full-service Emory Roth designed Bing and Bing co-op, Residence 9C at 215 East 73rd Street is a beautifully renovated two-bedroom, two and one-half bathroom home with an office and a wood-burning fireplace. The home has a perfect blend of prewar character and modern finishes. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: One of the most beautiful penthouse homes to appear on the market in years! Stunningly renovated, this duplex penthouse with 3 outdoor spaces is a rare offering. Off a private landing one enters into a dramatic nearly square living room with 13 foot soaring ceilings, new white oak French parquet patterned floors and a wood-burning fireplace. This amazing room has three exposures, including 2 large picture windows facing South. Off the East side of the living room is a huge terrace perfect for lounging, with open Eastern exposures, a large awning and beautiful plantings. Off the West side of the living room is a large southwest facing terrace, perfect for cooking and dining. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: Wrap yourself in breathtaking Central Park views in this exceptional two-bedroom, two-bathroom showplace in one of the best cooperatives on Central Park West. Perfectly positioned on the southeastern corner of a revered Emery Roth building, this spacious apartment is filled with iconic park views and glorious natural light. Prewar details, including soaring beamed ceilings and classic millwork, add an elegant ambiance, while an updated open layout and contemporary conveniences suit modern lifestyles. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This one checks all the boxes: Condominium. Park Avenue. Private outdoor space. Washer/dryer in unit. Open concept living, dining, and kitchen. Quadruple mint condition. Understated elegance and the finest taste and sophistication Welcome to apartment 7AB at 715 Park Avenue. This massive, move-in ready home tucked amongst the most prestigious blocks in NYC is calling your name. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This mint prewar Park Avenue residence has five bedrooms and five renovated full bathrooms and is located in one of Carnegie Hill's premier co-operatives designed by Emery Roth. The residence is the only one in the C-line that has been able to add a fifth full bathroom in the bedroom wing to make it a spectacular living space. Most other C-lines, if not all, do not have the ability to add a fifth full bathroom in the bedroom wing. The corner apartment has northern, southern, eastern, and western exposures with beautifully scaled rooms perfectly suited for grand entertaining and everyday living. There is central and through-the-wall air conditioning, high ceilings, oversized windows, hardwood floors, and an abundance of prewar architectural details. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: A one-of-a-kind duplex co-op boasting dramatic Central Park views, this 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom home is a portrait of traditional city luxury and comfort. Features of the apartment include exquisite hardwood floors, custom plaster molding, brand new electric and plumbing, charming built-ins, Lalique crystal light fixtures, central A/C, a laundry with a side-by-side LG washer/dryer, unique Harmon doors, a spacious home office, a maid's room, and oversized windows with electric shades. See floor plan and full details here.

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