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Between its gorgeous architecture and proximity to Central Park, Museum Mile, and Madison Avenue shopping, it would appear to the casual observer that the Upper East Side is reserved for the ultra-wealthy. Indeed, some of the newest co-ops to come on the market do nothing to dispel that impression. But a few avenues away, it's possible to find a beautiful new home without breaking the bank. We visit both aspects of the Upper East Side.
Uptown Opulence

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The Mayflower, 245 East 87th Street
The Mayflower, 245 East 87th Street Yorkville
655 Park Avenue
655 Park Avenue Park/Fifth Ave. to 79th St.
18 East 63rd Street
18 East 63rd Street Park/Fifth Ave. to 79th St.
2 East 88th Street
2 East 88th Street Carnegie Hill
815 Park Avenue
815 Park Avenue Park/Fifth Ave. to 79th St.
655-Park-Avenue-1 All images of 655 Park Avenue via Nest Seekers
655-Park-Avenue-2 Living room
655-Park-Avenue-3 Kitchen
655-Park-Avenue-4 Bedroom
This palatial duplex in a J.E.R. Carpenter-designed building just two blocks from Central Park features gorgeous hardwood floors, elegant crown molding, quadruple exposure, two fireplaces, a beautiful spiral staircase, a stately library, a solarium, a home office space, separate staff quarters, and a maid's room located on the lower level of the building. A formal dining room graced with a lovely fireplace sits close to a country-style eat-in kitchen equipped with a breakfast nook, a tiled backsplash, sleek countertops, terracotta floor tiles, an abundance of storage space, and a suite of high-end stainless steel appliances. Read more.
1016-Fifth-Avenue-1 All images of 1016 Fifth Avenue via Brown Harris Stevens
1016-Fifth-Avenue-2 Dining room
1016-Fifth-Avenue-3 Gallery
1016-Fifth-Avenue-4 Bedroom
Located directly across from Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and perfectly situated on Fifth Avenue this home is noteworthy with its classic lines, exceptionally large windows and a European sensibility. The living room has a wood burning fireplace with marble mantel and two enormous eight over eight sash windows. The adjacent formal dining room is impressive in size and has a beautiful, tree-lined exposure over East 83rd Street through three tall windows. Read more.
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2-East-88th-Street-2 Dining room
2-East-88th-Street-3 Den
2-East-88th-Street-4 Bedroom
Prewar residence boasts 10.5' ceilings and oversized windows that offer spectacular direct views of the iconic Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum along its northern expanse, in addition to gorgeous tree-level exposures west over Central Park and the reservoir. High-end renovations include two brand-new, marble full bathrooms with heated floors, powder room, new Herringbone oak wood flooring, ceilings, and electrical wiring throughout, an innovative central air and humidifier system with three separate compressors, a Crestron smart home with electric shades, music and lighting control. Read more.
815-Park-Avenue-1 All images of 815 Park Avenue via Brown Harris Stevens
815-Park-Avenue-2 Kitchen
815-Park-Avenue-3 Bedroom
815-Park-Avenue-4 Bath
Originally two Classic 8 apartments, this home has been thoughtfully combined and offers the possibility of 5-6 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 2 working gas-fired fireplaces, a large formal dining room, living room, library and a second kitchen/makerspace. The upper floor boasts a windowed eat-in kitchen, great entertainment space, and oversized master suite with separate office and huge bath. A beautiful spiral staircase leads to the private quarters on the lower level. Read more.
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825-Fifth-Avenue-3 Bedroom
825-Fifth-Avenue-4 Balcony
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This state-of-the-art home in a J.E.R. Carpenter-designed building has been gut renovated to the most exacting standards with a level of detailing and precision rarely seen. East, north and west exposures are viewed through ten brand new custom-made windows, eight of which boast park views. Inspiring views across the park to the skyline of Central Park West are framed through French doors with a Juliet balcony. Read more.
Hidden Gems
345-East-77th-Street-1 All images of 345 East 77th Street via Douglas Elliman
345-East-77th-Street-2 Dining area
345-East-77th-Street-3 Kitchen
345-East-77th-Street-4 Bedroom
A spacious and completely renovated co-op offers south and east exposures, high ceilings, hardwood floors throughout, outfitted closets, new moldings, and freshly painted walls. A beautiful windowed kitchen has marble countertops and backsplash, custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and a dishwasher. The eastern-facing bedroom can accommodate a king-size bed and has ample room for relaxation. Read more.
18-East-63rd-Street-1 All images of 18 East 63rd Street via Halstead
18-East-63rd-Street-2 Kitchen
18-East-63rd-Street-3 Bedroom
This one-bedroom duplex in a restored nineteenth-century townhouse is spacious and bright with magical views. The thoughtful layout of this home affords great entertaining space upstairs and the privacy of the bedroom downstairs. An impressive living room has two oversized windows, exposed brick, a clever built-in Murphy bed for guests, built-in storage, and a central heat/AC system. Read more.
245-East-87th-Street-1 All images of The Mayflower via Sotheby's
245-East-87th-Street-2 Kitchen
245-East-87th-Street-3 Bedroom
245-East-87th-Street-4 Balcony
Gorgeous co-op features a large living room leading to an east-facing terrace with open city and river views. The extra-large bedroom has a wall of east-facing windows as well as an abundance of storage and closet space. Kitchen and bath were recently renovated. Read more.
345-East-86th-Street-1 All images of 345 East 86th Street via Halstead
345-East-86th-Street-2 Kitchen
345-East-86th-Street-3 Bedroom
Upon entering this high-floor home, a foyer with two oversized closets leads to a sun-splashed living room. King-sized master bedroom also has generous storage space in the form of a wall of closets. Read more.
170-East-90th-Street-1 All images of 170 East 90th Street via Warburg
170-East-90th-Street-2 Kitchen
170-East-90th-Street-3 Bedroom
170-East-90th-Street-4 Home office
With windows on every side, this spacious apartment with high ceilings is a sunlight stunner. A wall of windows off the living room lead to the windowed kitchen, which features stainless steel appliances. An elegantly proportioned south-facing master suite with a dressing room, large closet and additional en-suite home office round out the living quarters. Read more.
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