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Classic six at 32 Washington Square West Classic six at 32 Washington Square West
“Classic six” is one of the most frequently used, yet least understood, terms in the New York real estate lexicon. “Classic” nods to the prewar era when these apartments were built, and “six” refers to the total number of rooms, which must include a living room, a formal dining room, a kitchen, two full bedrooms, and a maid’s room typically located near the kitchen and with its own bath. These apartments are also home to other architectural touches that were especially popular during that time: hardwood floors, thick walls, spacious rooms, high ceilings, eye-catching moldings, grand entrance galleries, gracious hallways to separate the spaces, and, in some cases, wood-burning fireplaces and private terraces.

120-East-75th-Street-01 120 East 75th Street, #2C (Compass/Michael J. Franco)
From the Listing: A gracious and fully gut renovated classic six at 120 East 75th Street, a boutique white-glove cooperative on one of the most beautiful and quiet, tree-lined streets on the Upper East Side. No detail was overlooked in this recent renovation of this stupendous residence. A large formal entry foyer leads to a grand scale living room with a wood-burning fireplace, custom-built bookshelves, and charming courtyard exposures overlooking the lovely green bamboo trees to the north. See full details here.

While a classic six is a highly coveted model, this type of apartment isn't necessarily for everyone. They are most likely to be found in prewar cooperatives on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side, which means those hoping to live in an amenity-rich new downtown condo are out of luck. Clearly defined rooms are also clearly divided, which detracts from the open, airy atmosphere the modern buyer has come to expect and enjoy. The kitchens were designed with servants in mind and are thus smaller than today's cook might appreciate. The maid's room can certainly be used as a third bedroom, albeit one with significantly less space, grandeur, and privacy than the others. And then there is the question of the co-op board: Even if a buyer gets past this formidable body, any changes or updates to the apartment must first be approved.
Nevertheless, the model has not only endured but enjoyed a new appreciation in recent times. After months of whole families trying to live, work, play, study, and exercise in one apartment, a clear division of rooms can be quite welcome. Some modern developments have incorporated the layout into new buildings while putting a contemporary stamp on it, but there is no denying the architectural, historic, and aesthetic value of the apartments that define the classic six. Availabilities in New York's most prestigious prewar buildings are few and far between, which gives today’s buyer an undeniable status symbol in addition to a new home.

Riverside Drive co-ops
From the Listing: Originally a gracious classic six room apartment, 4D has been brilliantly reconfigured to provide three full bedrooms and an enlarged eat-in-kitchen. The welcoming foyer leads to the elegantly proportioned living room with wood burning fireplace, a wall of high quality constructed bookcases with cabinetry, and three large, south facing windows. The primary bedroom and en suite bath also have southern exposures. The ceilings are 9'2" throughout the apartment. See floor plan and full details here.

Murray Hill co-ops
From the Listing: Your search for a renovated classic 6 on a tree-lined, prime Upper West Side block is over! The serene space mesmerizes from the moment you enter. A grand entertaining area leads you to the open windowed chef's kitchen with exceptional storage space, custom cabinetry, new white quartz countertops and top-of-the-line appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

Lenox Hill co-ops
From the Listing: This classic 6-room residence offers a wonderful opportunity to create the perfect home in an ideal location. Gracious pre-war details include a thoughtful layout, well-proportioned rooms, high ceilings, elegant 8 over 8 windows, original hardwood floors in beautiful condition and a wood-burning fireplace. See floor plan and full details here.

Sutton Place co-ops
From the Listing: This mid-century classic 6-into-a-5-room apartment greets you with a gracious central foyer leading into a generous corner living room with glorious views north through a wall of windows and glowing afternoon light from the west. An elegant dining room designed for stylish entertaining features shelves for display and cleverly designed hidden cabinets for extra storage. In the spacious eat-in-kitchen, stainless steel appliances including a brand new Liebherr double-door refrigerator, a center island, ample counter space and storage are a cook's dream. The kitchen is also equipped with a built-in bar cabinet and pantry with bar sink. See floor plan and full details here.

129-East-82nd-Street-01 129 East 82nd Street, #2B (Corcoran)
From the Listing: Apartment 2B (situated on the Third Floor) is a stunning, bright Prewar Classic Six residence renovated to perfection. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side, not a detail has been left out of this corner 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with over 1400 square feet of living space, 9.5-foot ceilings, and 11 windows with east and south city views. This classic 1916 Emory Roth-designed Bing & Bing building is centrally located between Park and Lexington Avenues and has generous room proportions distinctive of a pre-war residence. See floor plan and full details here.

455-East-57th-Street-01 455 East 57th Street, #8C (Brown Harris Stevens)
Beekman Place co-ops
From the Listing: Renovated Rare CLASSIC SIX- Three Bedroom,2.5 Bath on Sutton Place. Midtown East's jewel at the River. This impeccably renovated 3 bedroom home is hardly available and is a real stunner. The apartment is a celebration of styles- classic meets fresh and modern. The prewar architecture is incorporated with modern updates throughout. A perfect blend.. Grand rooms with details such as original herringbone floors , glass doors flow seamlessly to brand new marble baths and the kitchen that is eat in and large. The living room is very spacious with a wood burning fireplace. The dining room can be used as a bedroom, office or den. There are open city views with very pained windows. See floor plan and full details here.

4-East-95th-Street-01 4 East 95th Street, #8C (Douglas Elliman)
Carnegie Hill co-ops
Carnegie Hill co-ops
From the Listing: Come see this sun-drenched classic six apartment less than a block from Central Park. This well-appointed two-bedroom home features original molding, 10-foot beamed ceilings, and a wood-burning fireplace in pristine condition. This home was gut renovated in 2019, making it a quintessential mix of classic pre-war charm and modern elegance. Perfectly located on one of Carnegie Hill's most architecturally beautiful, tree-lined blocks, this is a rarely available opportunity. See floor plan and full details here.

72-Orange-Street-01 72 Orange Street, #4EF (Corcoran)
Brooklyn Heights co-ops
Upper East Side co-ops
From the Listing: Welcome to 72 Orange Street #4EF - Located in the heart of Brooklyn Heights on one of the most charming residential streets in the neighborhood this spacious 3BR/ 2 Bath apartment was completely renovated in 2015, and features incredibly low maintenance, a classic six room layout, a fully equipped kitchen, a full size washer and dryer, and a magnificent common roof deck with jaw dropping views of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Manhattan skyline. See floor plan and full details here.

969-Park-Avenue-01 969 Park Avenue, #4A (Sloane Square)
Carnegie Hill co-ops
From the Listing: PARK AVENUE LOFT LIKE LIVING! Grand, elegant, loft like living on Park Avenue! Bright, airy and spacious classic 6 with Southern and Eastern exposures throughout. This 2 Bedroom + Staff Room or Office, 3 Bathroom Apartment has it all! Upon entering, you are greeted with a large, sophisticated Gallery that seamlessly flows to the 31' Living Room, with a faux fireplace, which is accentuated by stunning classic moldings, oversized windows, and soaring ceilings. See floor plan and full details here.

179-East-70th-Street-01 179 East 70th Street, #7B (Brown Harris Stevens)
Lenox Hill co-ops
From the Listing: XXX-Mint Corner, Classic 6 on Prime Upper East Side Block. Move right in! Upon entering this one-of-a-kind residence, you are greeted by a formal foyer leading to a south-facing, oversized living room, and formal dining room. These sun-drenched rooms are perfect for entertaining with an open floorplan and are equipped with a built-in bar and Miele wine refrigerator. A beautifully renovated open, windowed kitchen features top-of-the-line appliances, a breakfast bar with seating, and integrated Miele integrated coffee maker. See floor plan and full details here.

145-West-86th-Street-01 145 West 86th Street, #12B (Corcoran)
Upper West Side apartments
From the Listing: This sun-filled, classic prewar 6-room home located in the heart of the Upper West Side offers a grand and gracious layout with two bedrooms (easily convertible three bedrooms), grand formal living and dining rooms, an expanded kitchen and large breakfast room and two full baths. Currently set up as a two-bedroom with den/media room, the layout is very flexible with a vast 35' formal living room offering plenty of room for formal dining. The separate formal dining room can easily be configured as a den/media room (as it is currently) or as a third bedroom, if desired. With three exposures, south, east, and north and oversized windows in every room, the apartment is exceptionally bright and features open city views from high atop the 12th floor. Both the living room and formal dining room are full of brilliant light and equally impressive in scale, perfect for entertaining on a grand level with kitchen access in each room. See floor plan and full details here.

1140-Fifth-Avenue-01 1140 Fifth Avenue, #12B (Corcoran)
Fifth Avenue co-ops
Upper East Side co-ops
From the Listing: This Fifth Avenue gem with stunning direct views of Central Park and the city skyline is located in a prime Carnegie Hill building. The sunny classic 6-room home was renovated about 20 years ago to create a loft-like open floor plan. The walls have been taken down between the foyer, kitchen, formal dining room and living room to create an informal loft-like, youthful entertaining space all with high ceilings and views of Central Park. The living area has a wood-burning fire place, herringbone floors, and large west facing picture windows. T See floor plan and full details here.

17-East-89th-Street-01 17 East 89th Street, #3B (Warburg Realty Partnership)
Carnegie Hill co-ops
Upper East Side co-ops
From the Listing: Grand Classic 6 in the heart of Carnegie Hill! Situated in a full-service pre-war co-op, this beautifully renovated apartment is located on a prime corner of Madison Avenue just steps to Central Park. Upon entry, a stunning gallery sets the stage for the scale of the apartment, featuring a vaulted decorative ceiling, custom wood paneling, gorgeous oak floors, and French doors that lead to both the dining room and living room. With all the doors open, it's an impressive open living space that stretches over 50 Feet, perfect for entertaining. See floor plan and full details here.

90-Riverside-Drive-01 90 Riverside Drive, #3D (Compass)
Upper West Side co-ops
From the Listing: Prewar grandeur and contemporary style await in this sprawling Classic 6 featuring two-bedroom suites, a home office and a spacious den in one of the Upper West Side's best full-service cooperatives. See floor plan and full details here.

50-Riverside-Drive-01 50 Riverside Drive, #15B (Corcoran)
Upper West Side co-ops
From the Listing: A rare offering on Riverside Drive is this sun-filled, grand-scale classic 6-room home boasting a breathtaking panorama of the Hudson River and Riverside Park from the 15th floor. This expansive, high-floor apartment at 50 Riverside Drive, one of the area's top, full-service co-ops, features two exposures and showcases one of the most desirable vantage points in the city. Magnificent sunsets over the river and an incomparable seasonal perspective are but a few remarkable benefits of owning this classic home. Uniquely positioned high atop Riverside Park, the views also offer one of the greenest perspectives in the city! See floor plan and full details here.

1049-Park-Avenue-01 1049 Park Avenue, #4A (Sotheby's International Realty)
Upper East Side co-ops
Upper East Side co-ops
From the Listing: Welcome to 4A at 1049 Park Avenue, a 3-bedroom 2.5-bath cooperative apartment located on coveted Park Avenue on the Upper East Side. This elegant residence incorporates a classic 6 layout to complement its picturesque and sweeping views of Park Avenue throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

115-East-67th-Street-01 Millan House, #3C (Simple Re Co)
Upper East Side co-ops
Upper East Side co-ops
From the Listing: Apartment 3C is a truly special, turn-key, classic six-room home with grand-scale rooms, beautiful light, wood-burning fireplace and central a/c. The 26' living room adorned with WBF bathes in southern light through the old-world casement windows. The north-facing dining room and second bedroom relish in the one-of-a-kind views of Millan House's gorgeous, Italianate garden courtyard transporting you back in time. See floor plan and full details here.

875-Park-Avenue-01 875 Park Avenue, #7A (Compass)
Upper East Side co-ops
Upper East Side co-ops
From the Listing: Welcome to 7A pristine home right on the steps to Central Park. The spacious West & East facing 'Classic 6' layout features an inviting entrance, an extra-large living room with oversized windows overlooking Central Park, a massive dining room that's perfect for entertaining, a master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom that offers direct views of Central Park, two additional bedrooms, two bathrooms, separate kitchen, and wet bar. You'll never worry about storage because there are 16 closets throughout this home. The third bedroom is easily utilized as a home office, nursery or maids room. The pristine kitchen features top of the line stainless steel appliances and countertops. See floor plan and full details here.

211-Central-Park-West-01 The Beresford, #7J (Compass)
Central Park West co-ops
Upper West Side co-ops
From the Listing: A simply stunning, renovated grand scale classic six-room residence at the Beresford, 211 Central Park West, offering a superb setting like no other currently available on Central Park West. See floor plan and full details here.

32-Washington-Square-West-01 32 Washington Square West, #7EW (Compass)
Greenwich Village co-ops
Village co-ops
From the Listing: An Architect's Dream! A distinctly unique opportunity to purchase and combine the only two apartments on the 7th floor of 32 Washington Square West, a preeminent downtown prewar co-op.

Situated off a private elevator landing, Apartments 7E and 7W are being offered simultaneously - a once in a generation opportunity - presenting a discerning buyer the possibility to create a truly extraordinary floor-through residence with 40' feet of frontage onto Washington Square Park.
See floor plan and full details here.

15-West-81st-Street-01 All images of 15 West 81st Street via Douglas Elliman
Central Park West co-ops
Upper West Side co-ops
From the Listing: This oversized classic six in an Emery Roth-designed Landmark is truly magnificent. The perfect layout has rooms with grand proportions, original pre-war details intact, and magical views of The Rose Planetarium, Museum of Natural History, skyline Views of Central Park South and Midtown, and sweeping views of Central Park, which change with the seasons. One enters the apartment from a semi-private elevator landing into the oversized and impressive entrance gallery/library which bridges the living and dining rooms and sets the stage for this special residence. To the right is the grand living room with three south-facing windows with incredible views, exquisite pre-war details, including two architectural built-in alcoves flanking the original decorative fireplace mantel, wainscoting, and beautiful original herringbone floors. To the left is the elegant formal dining room with original wainscoting and herringbone floors. See floor plan and full details here.
Central Park West views

14-East-75th-Street-01 All images of 14 East 75th Street via Sotheby's International Realty
Upper East Side co-ops
Upper East Side luxury co-ops
From the Listing: Stunningly curated and impeccably finished, this classic six between Fifth and Madison has it all! Upon entering the residence, one is immediately aware of the serenity and the arrival to a truly special sanctuary. The inviting entrance gallery opens to the dramatic double height living room, highlighted by 16' ceilings, a wood burning fireplace with antique mantle, Maramarino plaster walls, high end specialty Lutron lighting and showcasing ten fully restored 17th century Swiss Marriage Armorial stained-glass panels. The elegant formal dining room can easily accommodate 12 comfortably providing a gracious stage for both intimate and glamorous large-scale entertaining including Marmarino plaster walls, custom curtains and a one-of-a-kind Bastien Carre-French custom designed LED light sculpture. Also, off of the gallery, the second bedroom is currently configured as a library/den, complete with custom Gretchen Belinger felted wool upholstered walls, custom embroidered drapes/Roman shades, a custom library wall system and credenza by KGBL. Furnishings available for purchase. See floor plan and full details here.

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