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White-box apartment at The Carl Fischer Building (#PH62 - Douglas Elliman) White-box apartment at The Carl Fischer Building (#PH62 - Douglas Elliman)
When an apartment listing is described as being in "white box" condition, it means the buyer is being offered a totally blank canvas for customizing the layout and adding their own finishes and adornments. There's no question that upon completion, the most basic white-box apartment can be transformed into a truly one-of-a-kind home - e.g., Rupert Murdoch's penthouse at One Madison was purchased in white-box condition, and the end result was a sophisticated triplex with open space and luxuriously appointed bedrooms.

While some appreciate the chance to put their own stamp on an apartment, white-box homes aren't for everyone. Apartment renovations can be incredibly time-consuming and disruptive at the best of times (it is worth noting that Mr. Murdoch lived in a lower-floor unit while his penthouse was being worked one), and memories of pandemic-induced labor shortages and supply chain woes are all too vivid for some.

From May 24-30, 2023, a total of 205 sales listings throughout New York experienced price reductions. A selection of notable discounts, some of which are ready for new buyers to put their personal touch on, may be found below. For these and all others, please note that all quoted figures refer to cumulative reductions as opposed to the most recent price cuts.

141-East-63rd-Street-01 141 East 63rd Street, #TH (Compass)
Lenox Hill townhouses
Upper East Side townhouses
NYC townhouses
From the Listing: 141-143 East 63rd Street is a new townhouse offering in the heart of the Upper East Side, ready for its new owner to finish out the renovation where much of the "heavy lift" has been completed. Two twin townhouses were combined to create a 25’ wide mansion, with plans designed and executed by the acclaimed architecture firm DHD. The home, under the current plan, will accommodate up to eight bedrooms, eight baths, and two half baths. All of the floors have been releveled, excavation complete, beams installed, and windows installed, and the new owner has the choice of finishes to complete the home, which the construction team estimates will take approximately one year. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side, across from the Barbizon building and near transportation and world-class shopping. See floor plan and full details here.

433-East-51st-Street-01 Beekman Terrace, #4F (The Corcoran Group)
Sutton Place co-ops
NYC co-ops
From the Listing: Luxury and attention to detail are showcased in this home with large living room, formal dining room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The formal entry foyer leads to an open dining and living room. The corner sun-filled living room features a wood-burning fireplace and oversized picture windows with expansive East River and garden views, original details including gorgeous herringbone wooden floors, crown molding and high ceilings. The windowed kitchen includes cabinets to the ceiling, ample counter space and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. The large primary bedroom boasts a large closet, large south-east facing window with plenty of direct sunlight and an en-suite bath. See floor plan and full details here.

161-West-61st-Street-01 The Alfred, #15G (Ann Ferguson LLC)
Lincoln Center condos
Upper West Side condos
From the Listing: Bring your contractor and your imagination to create the home of your dreams in this quintessential full service white glove condominium nestled between Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle. The inviting 27-foot-long living room can hold all the furniture you need for relaxing and entertaining. Host a dinner party or enjoy casual meals in the dining alcove or convert it into an office or a third bedroom. A large wraparound terrace looks out on Central Park and the Hudson River. See floor plan and full details here.

62-Cooper-Square-01 The Carl Fischer Building, #PH62 (Douglas Elliman)
Noho condos
NYC condos
From the Listing: The Penthouse at 62 Cooper Square is the crown jewel of the Carl Fischer Building, located in historic NoHo and featuring ceiling heights up to 11’9", a wood-burning fireplace, north, south, east, and west exposures and endless views to the Empire State Building, over the East Village, and all the way down to One World Trade. Delivered as "white box" space - ready for your architect - offering an unprecedented opportunity to create a palatial residence of limitless potential, a once in a lifetime opportunity. See floor plan and full details here.

1-Central-Park-West-01 One Central Park West, #47BC (Official)
Central Park West condos
NYC condos
From the Listing: Experience a masterpiece in the sky with #47BC, impeccably renovated by the expertise of Hottenroth + Joseph Architects and a never-before-occupied residence located at One Central Park West. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by an awe-inspiring foyer featuring classic finishes such as chevron floors, intricate moldings, and a beautifully crafted bronze-and-glass French-style door. Situated on the eastern side of the residence, you’ll discover the heart of the home: a captivating array of living and entertaining spaces that provide breathtaking views of Central Park and beyond. Step into a world of culinary delights and sophisticated entertaining as you indulge in the luxurious surroundings of an exceptional kitchen and dining area. Every moment spent in this space is sure to be unforgettable. See floor plan and full details here.

153-Chauncey-Street-01 The 153 Chauncey, #1D (Douglas Elliman)
Bedford-Stuyvesant condos
Brooklyn boutique condos
From the Listing: Residence 1D is a 860-square-foot two-bedroom and one-and-half bathroom duplex with an in-unit washer/dryer hookup, offering incredible value for the space and the quality. Modern elements and bold, industrial finishes complement each other to establish a contemporary and neutral design. Unit amenities include hardwood flooring, high performance ductless heating and cooling system, and audio/video Aiphone station. J-51 tax abatement set to expire in tax year 2030/31. See floor plan and full details here.

19-Hausman-Street-01 19 Hausman Street, #2C (Douglas Elliman)
Greenpoint condos
Brooklyn condos
From the Listing: Enter this home and stumble upon the sleek, alcove kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Continue into the living area with space to entertain and dine. The primary bedroom features an en-suite bath and large enough for a king size bed and additional furniture. The modern feel continues into the bathroom with floor to ceiling tiling, glass showers and floating sinks. Enjoy city views from the common roof deck. See floor plan and full details here.

509-East-77th-Street-01 The Cherokee, #1B (The Corcoran Group)
Lenox Hill co-ops
Upper East Side co-ops
From the Listing: We proudly offer a delightful two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment on the coveted first floor of this landmarked walk-up. While elevated from the sidewalk, this inviting residence creates creates a sense of security and tranquility akin to living on the second floor, while conveniently just steps from numerous beautifully landscaped courtyards. The apartment boats impressive soaring ceilings, ample closet space, elegant hardwood floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the unit with natural light throughout the day. The fully equipped kitchen is a dream for any culinary enthusiast, complete with dishwasher, microwave, over and gas burners. The monthly maintenance fee covers all utilities, including gas and electric. See floor plan and full details here.

211-Central-Park-West-01 The Beresford, #11K (Christie's International Real Estate)
Central Park West co-ops
NYC landmark co-ops
From the Listing: Residence 11K is a rare opportunity to live at one of the most coveted addresses on the Upper West Side. Upon entering the home, you are immediately invited to the extra-wide main gallery which graciously opens to the wonderfully spacious, corner living room. The living room is dramatically appointed with soaring ceilings, and beautiful, oversized, northwest-facing windows. Moving naturally through the room, you will find a grand dining space. Thoughtful renovations and a keen eye for design will take this home to the next level, turning it into a unique and spectacular home for you to enjoy. See floor plan and full details here.

171-West-57th-Street-01 The Briarcliffe, #2A (Douglas Elliman)
Midtown West condos
Billionaires Row condos
From the Listing: Split two-bedroom condo in the heart of Billionaires' Row boasts 10' ceilings, beautiful hardwood floors, generous custom closets, and in-unit washer/dryer. The open chef's kitchen has a breakfast bar, lots of cabinets, and stainless steel appliances, including a Sub-Zero fridge and Jenn-Air oven. The marble-clad primary bathroom has a stall and steam shower. See floor plan and full details here.

300-West-End-Avenue-01 300 West End Avenue, #GB (Compass)
West End Avenue co-ops
Upper West Side co-ops
From the Listing: Enjoy all the advantages of a home with a private entrance located in a luxury, full service pre-war Upper West Side coop. Enter through the attended lobby or through your own private doorway. There is an eat-in kitchen, large living room, dining room, office and two bedrooms plus a spacious den that could be used as a third bedroom. The apartment has high ceilings and plenty of storage; lovely prewar details abound. See floor plan and full details here.

37-West-12th-Street-01 Butterfield House, #2B (Brown Harris Stevens)
Greenwich Village co-ops
NYC co-ops
From the Listing: Listed by the estate of Ramsey Clark, former United States Attorney General who championed civil rights and liberties and was known for testifying in the Chicago 7 trial, this apartment is on the market for the first time in over 50 years. You enter into the huge expanse of the entry, living room and dining room with bay windows facing south over 12th Street and tons of light. Down the long hallway in a separate wing are two large bedrooms that face the back courtyard for a restful and quiet sleep. We have completely replaced the subflooring and added brand new oak floors, but the rest is up to you. Bring your contractor and create your own kitchen and baths! See floor plan and full details here.

305-East-51st-Street-01 Halcyon, #4B (Douglas Elliman)
Midtown East condos
NYC condos
From the Listing: Pristine, south-facing two-bedroom features 10' ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, tree-line views of Midtown Manhattan, and individual heating and cooling zones by Climate Master. The custom designed kitchen by Poliform with Silver Fox lacquered cabinetry is crafted with soft-closed drawers and under-cabinet lighting. An enormous primary suite boasts two over-sized walk-in closets, and a five fixture primary bathroom with white statuary marble, bronze fittings, double vanity, a tea for two deep soaking tub, separate glass shower and radiant heated floors. Custom window shades and two gorgeous Boule de Cristal bronze chandeliers included. See floor plan and full details here.

311-East-71st-Street-01 311 East 71st Street, #10F (Compass)
Lenox Hill co-ops
Upper East Side co-ops
From the Listing: As you enter #10F, you are greeted by a gracious entry foyer and two oversized, built out closets. The apartment boasts a fully renovated pass through kitchen with stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry, and a full dining room. The gracious living space spans 23 feet long and is flooded with southern light and open views throughout the day. If needed, the dining room can easily be converted into a second bedroom measuring approximately 6’ x 9’. See floor plan and full details here.

107-02-Queens-Boulevard-01 BLVD, #7A (MNS)
Forest Hills condos
Queens condos
From the Listing: Look no further as this corner condo spans over 1,200 square feet and has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and two balconies! Enter this home through the proper foyer, graced with two closets, and be greeted with sunshine from this glorious corner layout. The elegant and extravagantly designed kitchen is graced with custom Linea Decor cabinetry, Bosch appliances with a fully integrated refrigerator and dishwasher, and marble counters and backsplash with an exceptional waterfall detail. The primary bedroom features a massive closet and an en-suite, spa-like marble bathroom. See floor plan and full details here.

20-East-End-Avenue-01 20 East End Avenue, #16A (The Corcoran Group)
East End Avenue condos
Yorkville condos
From the Listing: A timeless residence atop Robert A.M. Stern’s 20 East End Avenue, 16A draws inspiration from the grand apartment houses of the early 1900s. Enter this immaculate residence via keyed elevator directly into the home’s private grand foyer, exquisitely designed for maximum privacy and enjoyment. Straight ahead is the formal gallery leading into the expansive living room with oversized East River facing bay windows and 11-foot ceilings. The elegant dining room and chef's kitchen are adjacent, delivering a myriad of entertainment possibilities and equally impressive views of the water and beyond. The primary bedroom serves as a quiet reprieve with north and east exposures and excellent closet space. See floor plan and full details here.

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