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Classic 6 apartment available at The Chatham Court (BHS) Classic 6 apartment available at The Chatham Court (BHS)
“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.
322 Central Park West #7C floor plan Floor plan of a classic six via Halstead
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.

611-West-156th-Street-01 All images of 611 West 156th Street via Sotheby's International Realty
From the Listing: This bright and spacious three-bedroom, one-bath apartment is perfect for the growing needs of our daily work, school, living needs. This space features over 1,100 square feet of usable living space. Once you step into the long hallway through the front door, you are transported to beautiful wide moldings and 10' ceilings. See floor plan and full details here.

50-Sutton-Place-South-01 All images of 50 Sutton Place South via Akam Associates Inc.
From the Listing: Rarely available, classic six with set-back terrace! This estate home presents an amazing opportunity to design your own flexible three-bedroom home or enjoy its current two-bedroom layout. This sprawling home has a windowed eat-in kitchen with pantry, beautiful hardwood floors, formal dining room, maids' room, and three full bathrooms. All rooms are generously proportioned with high ceilings. There is an abundance of closet space with a storage bin included. City views are unobstructed facing North, East, and South offering tremendous light. See floor plan and full details here.

325-Riverside-Drive-01 All images of 325 Riverside Drive via Corcoran
From the Listing: Welcome to Apartment 42, a Classic Six (3BD/1.5 BA) at 325 Riverside Drive with beautiful river views. This home features a generous foyer/gallery space that leads into a bright living room on one side and on the other side into an expansive dining room with tasteful French doors. This apartment features triple exposures. The living room faces west, overlooking the Hudson River with its beautiful sunsets, while the dining room faces east allowing for wonderful morning light. See floor plan and full details here.

125-East-84th-Street-01 All images of The Girard via Sotheby's International Realty
From the Listing: Welcome home to this gracious classic 6 room apartment wonderfully located on a beautiful tree-lined block just off Park Avenue. The stylish foyer segues into the generously proportioned living room, boasting high beamed ceilings and a decorative fireplace, and flowing into the side-by-side grand dining room. This 24-foot expanse enjoys nice sunlight from large north-facing windows. See floor plan and full details here.

(Douglas Elliman)
From the Listing: The grandly proportioned living room is an exceptional space, featuring French doors that open into Juliet balconies, 9 foot ceilings, crown molding, wood floors, and a wood-burning fire place. It comfortably accommodates multiple seating areas, elegant wood paneled library with built in bookcases, long dining room with two French windows with Juliet balconies perfect for dinner parties. The master suite is quite large with bay windows. See floor plan and full details here.

4-East-95th-Street-01 All images of 4 East 94th Street via Compass
From the Listing: This classic six apartment is rich with elegant, old-world charm and modern updates making it the perfect home in a peaceful upper east side neighborhood.

The highly sought-after 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is located on one of the most beautiful streets in Carnegie Hill. It has transporting views facing south, drenching the apartment in sunlight. The entry foyer leads into a generous living room that features high-beamed 10-foot ceilings, original moldings, refinished parquet wood floors, and a pristine wood-burning fireplace. Adjacent, and partially open to the living room, is the spacious formal dining room which includes handsome custom built-ins.
See floor plan and full details here.

142-East-71st-Street-01 All images of 142 East 71st Street via Compass
From the Listing: Charming Pre-War Classic Six Facing south over sunny tree-lined views of brownstones on 71st Street, this apartment offers two additional exposures to the north and east. Located on a landing with only one other residence, Apartment 3C boasts a gracious living room (23'9" x 13'10") with a working wood-burning fireplace. See floor plan and full details here.

890-West-End-Avenue-01 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.. See floor plan and full details here.

1065-Lexington-Avenue-01 All images of 1065 Lexington Avenue via Corcoran
From the Listing: Prewar classic six meets prime Upper East Side location in this spacious masterpiece west of Third Avenue. A little bit of Paris in New York City, enter through the gracious foyer and immediately notice the wall of windows and colorful tiled fireplace. An oasis in the city, this home is pin-drop quiet with charming tree-lined views with glimpses of the beautiful neighboring St Jean Baptiste Church. True to prewar design, the layout of this home is all about comfortable living, offering large rooms and exceptional flow. See floor plan and full details here.

175-East-79th-Street-01 All images of The Stanley via Corcoran
From the Listing: This sun-drenched and truly grand, prewar classic six-room home enjoys a prime Upper East Side location one block from Park Avenue and is surrounded by conveniences and all the best the neighborhood has to offer. Wonderfully situated on a high floor, this impressive-scaled apartment features huge, south-facing windows over 79th Street and fabulous city views. Preserved old-world details throughout includes 9 ½’-high, beamed ceilings with cove and crown moldings, a decorative, exposed brick fireplace, and beautifully maintained hardwood floors. The gracious and well-proportioned layout includes a very expansive 24’ living room, elegant formal dining room, two spacious and bright bedrooms, a windowed kitchen with butler’s pantry and laundry room, two renovated baths, a large formal entry foyer and generous closet storage throughout. See floor plan and full details here.

1349-Lexington-Avenue-01 All images of 1349 Lexington Avenue via Brown Harris Stevens
From the Listing: This triple mint pre-war home with a modern twist is now available. 6-E in the sought after Paulding is far from your typical classic six apartment and features 10'+ ceilings and a sprawling layout with a seamless flow ideal for entertaining or a quiet night in. See floor plan and full details here.

505-West-End-Avenue-01 All images of 505 West End Avenue via Compass
From the Listing: Sun drenched, quintessential full service, corner classic six apartment in the south wing of 505 West End Avenue. Beautiful pre war details are intact within, beamed ceilings, and herringbone hardwood floors. See floor plan and full details here.

119-West-71st-Street-01 All images of 119 West 71st Street via Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: Are you looking for three beds in excellent condition with private outdoor space? Unique in Lincoln Square, Residence 1A has approximately 1,550 interior square feet with a large private patio perfect for entertaining and gardening. With North, South and Western exposure, this is a bright property that takes advantage of its prewar charm. Soaring ceilings and sumptuously maintained hardwood floors await you. See floor plan and full details here.

125-East-63rd-Street-01 All images of 125 East 63rd Street via Sotheby's International Realty
From the Listing: Located on the top floor of a prewar boutique co-op, this sophisticated 2 bedroom with home office (option 3rd bedroom) is sun-flooded and enjoys open city and skyline views. A gracious entry foyer leads to an alluring South facing living room with attractive prewar details, high ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, and custom built-in bookshelves. Adjacent to the living room, an informal dining room completes the graceful and flowing entertaining area. See floor plan and full details here.

From the Listing: This stunning classic six-room home is ideally positioned at the crossroads of 75th Street and Riverside Drive across the street from the beauty and recreation of Riverside Park, in one of the Drive’s more notable full-service buildings. This elegant prewar two-bedroom, easily convertible three-bedroom home has been beautifully renovated balancing classic design, scale, and details with modern comforts and luxury finishes. A big, bright, open western exposure from the formal expanse and master bedroom draws in great natural light and perfectly frames the lush green trees of Riverside Park. See floor plan and full details here.

1088-Park-Avenue-01 All images of 1088 Park Avenue via Warburg Realty
From the Listing: A Simply Superb Classic 6! Join us at one of Park Avenue's premier buildings to view this 14th-floor Classic 6. Enter a gracious foyer into to a grand and light-filled living room with a wood-burning fireplace and a south-facing window with a beautiful view down Park Avenue. The grand dining room was built to entertain large or small dinner parties, as well as for enjoying a quiet meal at home. See floor plan and full details here.

161-West-75th-Street-01 All images of The Wellston via Compass
From the Listing: Rarely available is this coveted high-floor corner "A" line at 161 West 75th Street! An elegant Classic Six apartment (2 beds, plus a maids room), which is showered in southern light all day while basking in east and western exposures as well, welcomes the discerning buyer seeking the quintessential New York City apartment!

Expansive vistas south capture views of landmarks such as the Ansonia, the Beacon theater and the 72nd Street Station.
See floor plan and full details here.

1150-Fifth-Avenue-01 All images of 1150 Fifth Avenue via Corcoran
From the Listing: This elegant and serene home nestled by Central Park is waiting for you! New to the market, this apartment features classic 6 prewar three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The spacious primary bedroom has a large ensuite marble bathroom, with a soaking tub and separate shower. See floor plan and full details here.

1060-Park-Avenue-01 All images of The Niagara via Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: Park Avenue Show Stopper! An extraordinary, vertical combination of two classic six apartments has rendered a beautiful, sunlit, corner duplex with exceptional generosity of scale, stunning Park Avenue views from every room and a pristine, contemporary aesthetic. The epitome of fine living on Park Avenue, this exquisite home of grand proportions has been perfectly renovated with the finest materials and craftsmanship. See floor plan and full details here.

480-Park-Avenue-01 All images of The Antoinettes via Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: Triple Mint Classic 6 on Park Ave. Oversized and unique high floor apartment - nearly 3,000 square feet which is significantly larger than the standard E-line layout at 480 Park Avenue. Every room is exceptionally large including the stunning 27-foot entry gallery with extensive custom millwork built-ins. See floor plan and full details here.

75-Central-Park-West-01 All images of The Chatham Court via Brown Harris Stevens
From the Listing: Enjoy spectacular sunrises and park views in this Classic Six coop residence in the heart of Lincoln Square at the coveted 75 Central Park West. This mint renovated gem perched above Tavern on the Green and Central Park boasts loft like ceilings with park views framed by oversized windows. See floor plan and full details here.

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