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1105-Park-Avenue-1 Classic six at 136 East 64th Street via Sotheby's
“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: oak floors, thick walls, spacious rooms, high ceilings, gracious hallways to separate the spaces, and, in some cases, wood-burning fireplaces.
322 Central Park West #7C floor plan Floor plan via Halstead
Some would wonder what’s not to like about a classic six, but this type of apartment isn’t for everyone. They are more likely to be found in prewar buildings on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side, so those hoping to live in the latest hot downtown neighborhood are out of luck. The clearly defined rooms are also clearly divided, which detracts from the open layout the modern buyer has learned to expect and enjoy. Another anachronism can be the kitchens, which were designed with servants in mind and are smaller than today’s cook might like. The maid’s room can certainly be used as a third bedroom, but one with significantly less space and privacy than the others. And more often than not, these apartments are located in prewar co-ops where admission is dependent on getting past a formidable board.
Nevertheless, the model endures. Some modern developments have incorporated the layout into new buildings with contemporary touches and amenities, but there is no denying the architectural, historic, and aesthetic value of the apartments that define the classic six. Availabilities in prewar buildings are few and far between, which gives today’s buyer an undeniable status symbol in addition to a new home.
64-East-86th-Street Kitchen at 64 East 86th Street via Douglas Elliman
110-Riverside-Drive-1 All images of 110 Riverside Drive via Corcoran
110-Riverside-Drive-2 Dining room
110-Riverside-Drive-3 Bedroom
110 Riverside Drive #14B floor plan Floor plan
Upon entering this beautiful classic six, one is struck by the oversized gallery with beautiful hardwood walnut stained floors, high ceilings and direct panoramic river views. The master suite, complete with sitting area, desk area and en suite bath along with wonderful closet space, is situated in the northwest corner and has four oversized picture windows each featuring gorgeous Hudson River views - nestle in and enjoy the sunset and sunrise without ever having to leave the room. See further details here.
180-East-79th-Street-1 All images of 180 East 79th Street via Douglas Elliman
180-East-79th-Street-2 Bedroom
180-East-79th-Street-3 Staff room/office
180 East 79th Street #9D floor plan Floor plan
Setting a new standard of excellence, this sprawling home in a prewar co-op has undergone a breathtaking gut renovation, leaving no detail overlooked. The massive formal dining room has been opened up into a state-of-the-art windowed kitchen to become an inviting Great Room, and perfect for both living and entertaining. See further details here.
1112-Park-Avenue-1 All images of 1112 Park Avenue via Corcoran
1112-Park-Avenue-2 Dining room
1112-Park-Avenue-3 Bedroom
1112 Park Avenue #7C floor plan Floor plan
Elegant, gracious and undeniably chic, this oversized, recently renovated classic six is located within one of the premier prewar, white-glove cooperatives in Carnegie Hill, designed by Emery Roth in 1927. Traditional prewar features include hardwood floors, 9'4" high beamed ceilings, solid oak doors, and luxe crown moldings. See further details here.
64-East-86th-Street-1 All images of 64 East 86th Street via Douglas Elliman
64-East-86th-Street-2 Dining room
64-East-86th-Street-3 Bedroom
64 East 86th Street #9C floor plan Floor plan
Enter this highly coveted, rarely available classic six co-op into a gracious foyer into a large, sun-filled living room with a wood-burning fireplace. A formal, spacious dining room with French doors makes this the perfect apartment to entertain in. See further details here.
322-Central-Park-West-1 All images of The Cherbourg via Halstead
322-Central-Park-West-2 Gallery
322-Central-Park-West-3 Bedroom
322-Central-Park-West-4 Floor plan
In this gracious classic six, Central Park views, custom designed built-ins, a stunning marble wood-burning fireplace, and cove lighting accentuate the charming living room. The over-sized master bedroom suite includes custom built-ins, a wall of closets, and a windowed bathroom. See further details here.
1105-Park-Avenue-1 All images of 1105 Park Avenue via Corcoran
1105-Park-Avenue-2 Kitchen
1105-Park-Avenue-3 Bedroom
1105-Park-Avenue-4 Floor plan
This stunning apartment with open views is in a full-service, white-glove co-op designed by Rosario Candela. Aracious entry foyer leads to a stunning living room fit for a grand piano and complemented by a wood-burning fireplace. Both the master bedroom and second bedroom are spacious with plentiful closets and windowed en-suite baths. See further details here.
66-East-79th-Street-1 All images of 66 East 79th Street via Halstead
66-East-79th-Street-2 Dining room
66-East-79th-Street-3 Bedroom
66 East 79th Street #2S floor plan Floor plan
A grand gallery provides an elegant into this classic six in a boutique prewar co-op with only two apartments per floor. The well-designed living room features a wood-burning fireplace and south-facing bay window. The master bedroom faces south and the second bedroom west, both with their own full marble baths. See further details here.
300-Central-Park-West-1 All images of The Eldorado via Warburg
300-Central-Park-West-2 Dining room
300-Central-Park-West-3 Bedroom
300 Central Park West #3C floor plan Floor plan
Elegant classic six co-op is located in an architectural landmark designed by Emery Roth. A welcoming 20' entrance gallery leads to a gracious living room with high ceilings, herringbone floors, and two large south-facing windows that invite beautiful sunlight into the space. A lovely formal dining room with built-ins conveniently connects to a renovated kitchen, which is outfitted with premium stainless-steel appliances. See further details here.
136-East-64th-Street-1 All images of 136 East 64th Street via Sotheby's
136-East-64th-Street-2 Living room
136-East-64th-Street-3 Dining room
136-East-64th-Street-4 Floor plan
From the semi-private landing, shared with one neighbor, enter into this pin-drop quiet classic six via a graciously sized entry gallery that leads to the entertaining spaces of the home. The living room seamlessly flows into the formal dining room, featuring custom cabinetry and easy accessibility to the kitchen via pocket doors. See further details here.
980-Fifth-Avenue-1 All images of 980 Fifth Avenue via Douglas Elliman
980-Fifth-Avenue-2 Bedroom
980-Fifth-Avenue-3 Office/staff room
980-Fifth-Avenue-4 Floor plan
Gracious proportions, 5" Brazilian walnut floors, French oak paneling, Guerin hardware, custom wall coverings and moldings, and oversized windows characterize this special home. A semi-private elevator landing leads into a 30' wood-paneled foyer and entry gallery with intricate coffered ceiling and marble flooring with a stunning medallion inlay. See further details here.

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