Skip to Content
Get Access to Off-Market Listings.
CityRealty Logo
The following is a list of links to City Realty pages. For screen reader users, all links are visible at all time, so you may ignore the control buttons
The following is a list of links to City Realty pages. For screen reader users, all links are visible at all time, so you may ignore the control buttons
 
 
For screen reader users, all slides are visible at all time so you may ignore the control buttons
A blog from CityRealty (Links below will take you to the 6sqft site)

Rental Building News and Offers

Residential spaces in various LEED and Passive House standard buildings in NYC Residential spaces in various LEED and Passive House standard buildings in NYC
It has long been assumed that the only way to go green is to go off the grid, build a house out of recycled materials, and set up a field of windmills and solar panels on an upstate plot of land. However, some could argue that New York City is a great place to go green. The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)is the largest public transportation system in the world; a number of shops are devoted to environmentally friendly products; several restaurants’ preference for serving local means fewer greenhouse gases when transporting ingredients; and recycling and composting are getting easier in buildings and on the streets. Additionally, while The City observes that the new infrastructure bill seems to favor cars over mass transit, the MTA's share of the funding could help jump-start projects like the next phase of the Second Avenue subway, accessibility upgrades at subway stations throughout the city, and the purchase of electric buses.

Even the buildings themselves are getting in on the act with sustainable construction practices and materials as well as energy-efficient appliances in the units. This does not come at the expense of aesthetics or luxury - indeed, some buyers have come to appreciate “LEED Certified” and “Passive House” as a new type of status symbol. As the realities and consequences of climate change can no longer be ignored, we take a look at the difference between LEED and Passive House standards, as well as listings in both types of buildings.

77-Greenwich-Street-01 Jolie via Serhant

How to Find a Green Building: LEED Certification

One of the people who has helped to drive sustainable development in New York City is David Burney. From 2004 to 2014, Burney served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction. In this capacity, he managed capital projects for multiple city agencies and launched the Design and Construction Excellence Initiative. Among the Initiative’s goals was a mandate to promote sustainable design projects. Burney, now a professor of architecture at the Pratt Institute, explains that despite the fact that public sector projects took the lead in terms of sustainability, the landscape is changing: “Since the widespread implementation of the USGBC LEED accreditation system most large new buildings and major renovations apply for LEED certification, both public and private.”

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a third-party verification system for green buildings. Somewhat like the more familiar USDA label used to certify organic products, LEED certifies that a building has been developed following a set of sustainability principles, which include the following:

 

  • Location and Transportation: Does the building offer easy access to public transportation, a car sharing service, like Zipcar, or provide onsite bicycle storage?

 

  • Sustainable Sites: Does the site allow for rainwater management or light pollution reduction? 

 

  • Water Inefficiency: Does the building include water reduction strategies? 

 

  • Energy and Atmosphere: Does the building meet energy performance standards? 

 

  • Materials and Resources: Does the building have a recycling program and a demolition and construction waste management plan? 

 

  • Indoor Environmental Quality: Does the building meet air quality performance standards and maximize natural resources, including daylight? 

 

  • Innovation: Does the building feature new technologies or materials designed to promote sustainability? 

 

  • Regional Priority: Has the project been designed to address local environmental challenges?
 
If you care about living in a sustainable building, Burney advices, “First, check to see if the building has LEED certification, and there are several levels, from silver to platinum, reflecting the degree of sustainability achieved. Then check the building maintenance and operations.” As he cautions, “Many buildings start out as LEED certified but if they are not properly run and maintained, they quickly become less energy efficient.”

This Noho penthouse, formerly owned by developer Matthew Blesso, was given a green upgrade that includes FSC-certified wood throughout and an edible rooftop garden

What is Passive House

In addition to LEED, some New York City developers are beginning to adopt another recognized standard in sustainable housing—Passive House. Originated in Germany in the mid 1990s, Passivhaus, which is also applied to public and commercial buildings, continues to gain ground due to its significant energy savings. While LEED certified buildings typically use 25-30 percent less energy, Passive House buildings generally cut energy consumption by 60-70 percent and have been known to cut energy consumption up to 90 percent. Rather than rely on solar panels or wind turbines, Passive House is a building standard focused on the development of properties that use less energy from the start.
Architect Ken Levenson, a Certified Passive House Designer and founding member of New York Passive House, emphasizes that Passive House, which arrived in New York City in 2009, has had a very different history than LEED. While LEED certified projects have traditionally been concentrated in the public sector, Levenson emphasizes, “Passive House has been dominated by single family first adopters.” However, he is now witnessing a new trend: “Multifamily is in the process of taking the lead, and we expect commercial and institutional projects to follow.”
In many respects, the fact that individual homeowners have taken the lead in the Passive House movement is not a surprise. As Levenson explains, “Passive House is narrowly focused on the things that truly drive performance—comfort, health and energy.” Another advantage is that Passive House is more accessible: “Cost is another advantage of Passive House over LEED, in that all the extra effort of Passive House is put toward optimizing the building performance, and cost optimization is part of that process. Cost is a driver, not an add-on. Consequently, properly optimized Passive House construction can cost just marginally more than conventional construction, making it not only affordable but a money maker going forward.”

Check out CityRealty's ongoing list of NYC Passive House projects here.
A sampling of Passive Houses throughout NYC
Despite the growing number of sustainable residential projects across the city, there is still a gap between the number of green buildings in the public versus private sectors. “The public sector has mandated the use of the LEED system very broadly,” Burney explains, “But there is no requirement to do so in the private sector, although the Building Code is imposing increasingly stringent requirements for energy efficiency. Government is also slowly imposing more sustainable practices on the private sector as part of a broader climate-change policy.” Burney adds that beyond these legislative changes, consumers also are increasingly looking to buy and rent in sustainability-focused developments: “The market is demanding sustainability.” The growing enthusiasm for Passive House, which has always been more accessible, arguably also reflects the growing market demand for sustainable homes.

Where to Find Sustainable Residential Buildings in NYC

Below are just five private and public residential properties informed by the principles of sustainable design. Notably, the projects range from LEED certified and Passive House developments to developments that have prioritized sustainable design principles but chosen not to seek either certification.

Roosevelt Island: Cornell Tech opened its campus on Roosevelt Island in 2017 and is home to the world’s first high-rise residential building that meets Passive House standards. The 270-foot tall building, designed by Handel Architects, features a façade that goes well beyond aesthetics. Serving at the “gills” of the building, the façade is also designed to house the building’s highly energy-efficient cooling and heating equipment.
Battery Park City: The Visionaire, completed in 2008, has had little difficulty living up to its name. Designed by Pelli Clark Pelli Architects, this NYC building was the city’s first to become LEED Platinum Certified. The condominium has been praised for its energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
The Visionaire
The Kalahari
550 Vanderbilt
Williamsburg: Designed by architect Gregory Merryweather, Greenbelt Brooklyn is situated near McCarren Park in Williamsburg. A LEED Gold Certified building since 2010, Greenbelt has a lot to boast about on the sustainability front. The building uses 40 percent less energy and 30 percent less water than comparable homes. The building was also constructed using 40 percent recycled materials. Where new materials were required, sustainable choices where made—the floors, for example, feature rapidly renewal bamboo.
Harlem: Located on the south tip of Harlem just blocks from Central Park, the Kalahari is a mixed-income and LEED Silver Certified building. Among the building’s sustainable features are its recycled building materials, bamboo flooring, green roof and reliance of renewable energy sources, including solar and wind power. Designed by Frederic Schwartz Architects, the building embodies a whole systems approach to development.
Prospect Heights: The eye-catching design of COOKFOX's 550 Vanderbilt is underscored by environmentally friendly design features. All finishes, paints, and fabrics meet low volatile organic compounds standards, and FSC-certified wood, natural stone, and other sustainable materials were used throughout the building. Each apartment has sophisticated air filtration systems that lead to high-quality air. Outside the walls, extensive planted space offers the potential to reduce the urban heat island effect and better encourage storm water retention. It is aiming for LEED Silver certification.

LEED Certified Listings

Observatory Place, East Harlem
353 East 104th Street
Design by Gary Silver | Developed by Silverspoint Buildings
Completed in 2007
LEED Certified

353-East-104th-Street-01 All images of Observatory Place via Compass
353-East-104th-Street-02
353-East-104th-Street-03

353-East-104th-Street-04
From the Listing: Located in the environmentally-conscious LEED Certified Observatory Place this one-bedroom condominium apartment will exceed your expectations! Eastern exposures along with a private 110-square-foot balcony invite vibrant sunlight into this modern quaint sanctuary. Bamboo floors flow throughout, beautifully add to the warmth of the apartment. Caesarstone countertops, stainless steel appliances, and abundant cabinets lead out to the living room area. The bedroom accommodates a large bed while boasting sizable closets. Bosch washer/dryer, 2-way video intercom, central air conditioning, cable/internet ready, and private storage are added benefits. See floor plan and full details here.

Toren, Downtown Brooklyn
150 Myrtle Avenue
Design by Skidmore Owings & Merrill | Developed by BFC Partners
Completed in 2010
LEED Gold Certified

150-Myrtle-Avenue-01 All images of Toren via Corcoran
150-Myrtle-Avenue-02
150-Myrtle-Avenue-03

150-Myrtle-Avenue-04
From the Listing: Apartment 302 is a north-facing alcove studio with a Murphy bed installed to give functional use of space for sleeping and entertaining. There is Brazilian Ipe walnut flooring throughout. The kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel appliances, custom Mahogany cabinetry, granite countertops and a pull out island. Bathroom offers a full soaking Zuma tub, floor to ceiling tiles, Villeroy and Boch vanity. Custom built in shelves and entertainment zone allow for added storage. Toren is a Gold LEED Certified green building with a 421-a tax abatement in place until 2035. See floor plan and full details here.

98 Front Street, DUMBO
Design by ODA New York | Developed by Hope Street Capital
Completed in 2021
LEED Certified

98-Front-Street-01 98 Front Street via Aaron Thompson
98-Front-Street-03 Amenities via OMG Marketing
98-Front-Street-04

98-Front-Street-04
From the Listing: The meticulously designed details throughout the one-bedroom homes at 98 Front have been carefully curated to enhance the comfort and luxury of your living experience. Natural light pours in from oversized insulated sound-attenuated 8 feet 8 inches windows by ALUMIL, and the 5-inch White Oak floors further illuminate the space. High ceilings are made of polished concrete complete with junction boxes for easy lighting fixture installation. These studio floor plans are the height of space-efficient living, while still providing plenty of room to stretch out, entertain and unwind. The imported Italian kitchens are paneled in blonde wood to create an organic, clean palate complimented by modern white Corian countertops and backsplashes that are both sleek and durable. All homes feature Bosch appliance packages, washer/ dryer, garbage disposals and Blum hardware in the kitchens. See floor plan and full details here.

Navy Green, Clinton Hill
8 Vanderbilt Avenue
Design by FXCollaborative | Developed by Dunn Development and L&M Development
Completed in 2015
LEED Silver Certified

8-Vanderbilt-Avenue-01 All images of Navy Green via Douglas Elliman

8-Vanderbilt-Avenue-02
From the Listing: Welcome home to 7A, a bright 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment in the award-winning Navy Green, a LEED certified new development in Fort Greene located directly across from Navy Yard. This is a special opportunity to own a spacious condo with low common charges, tax abatement until 2042, available storage unit, and fantastic amenities. The layout of the apartment showcases 5" white oak floors and gracious sized rooms. Upon entering the foyer with ample closet space, you are greeted by a modern kitchen that includes Caesarstone countertops, tiled backsplash, and stainless-steel appliances. The living area is bright and open with more than enough space for large furniture and a dining area to entertain. See floor plan and full details here.

550 Vanderbilt, Prospect Heights
550 Vanderbilt Avenue
Design by COOKFOX | Developed by Greenland Forest City Partners
Completed in 2017
LEED Silver Certified

550-Vanderbilt-Avenue-01 All images of 550 Vanderbilt via Corcoran
550-Vanderbilt-Avenue-02
550-Vanderbilt-Avenue-03

550-Vanderbilt-Avenue-04
From the Listing: Entering into 206, you will immediately notice the 11-foot ceilings together with large, over-sized, windows that allow for an abundance of natural light. The modern kitchen is outfitted with a premium Miele appliance package, including a vented cooktop hood, and white Carrera marble countertops and backsplash! The custom gray lacquer cabinets with walnut accents offer up a wealth of storage. This comfortable apartment has beautiful wide plank chestnut floors throughout. The extra-spacious, luxurious, bathroom of your dreams is a superior mix of Grohe fixtures, Carrara marble and a double-sink walnut vanity. In addition, a Bosch washer and dryer will make life a breeze! The bedroom easily accommodates a king-sized bed and boasts a large walk-in closet with custom built-ins. The double-paned noise-reduction windows promise you a tranquil nights sleep. See floor plan and full details here.

The Visionaire, Battery Park City
70 Little West Street
Design by SLCE Architects and Pelli Clarke Pelli | Developed by Albanese Organization and Starwood Capital Group
Completed in 2008
LEED Platinum Certified

70-Little-West-Street-01 All images of The Visionaire via Corcoran
70-Little-West-Street-02
70-Little-West-Street-03

70-Little-West-Street-04
From the Listing: This mint condition, highest floor, one-bedroom "C" unit has incredible light with a bird's eye view of the extraordinary West Thames Pedestrian Bridge and Battery Park Promenade viewable from your floor to ceiling windows. At 930 square feet and with a living room that spans 22 feet, this loft-like one bedroom is a great home for entertaining and plenty big for a living area, dining area and office. A large open chef's kitchen with top of the line Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, black granite counters and plenty of bamboo cabinetry is a wonderful place to cook. The bedroom accommodates any size bed with an oversized window, two custom closets and 10-foot ceilings. See floor plan and full details here.

The Zipper Building, Long Island City
5-33 48th Avenue
Design by SRA Architecture & Engineering and Pelli Clarke Pelli | Developed by Circle F Capital
Completed in 2019
LEED Certified

5-33-48th-Avenue-01 All images of The Zipper Building via Modern Spaces
5-33-48th-Avenue-02
5-33-48th-Avenue-03

5-33-48th-Avenue-04
From the Listing: This premium 41-unit condominium residence resonates to the unmistakable rhythm of Long Island City. This well-proportioned residence features open floor plan living highlighted by engineered wood flooring, ample ceiling heights and casement windows. The stylish kitchen combines the clean lines of contemporary design with elegant functionality and classic details. Marble countertops and backsplash are complemented by the well-proportioned warm wood cabinetry, state-of-the-art ranges, high-end refrigerators and dishwashers, along with Signature fixtures in a black matte finish. Unwind in the spa-inspired primary bathroom, gracefully designed with Carrera tiling, a bespoke wood vanity and matte black Signature fixtures. See floor plan and full details here.

Riverhouse, Battery Park City
2 River Terrace
Design by Ennead Architects | Developed by Sheldrake Organization
Completed in 2008
LEED Gold Certified

2-River-Terrace-01 All images of Riverhouse via R New York
2-River-Terrace-02
2-River-Terrace-03

2-River-Terrace-04
From the Listing: Quintessential one bed/one bath apartment in the Riverhouse, the only LEED certified Green condominium in North Battery Park/West Tribeca. The apartment enjoys tall ceilings, Bamboo flooring and Tear Drop Park/World Trade Center views through the oversized windows. The apartment features a beautiful David Rockwell designed kitchen that includes Corian countertops, teak-faced cabinetry and energy star appliances by Sub-Zero, Thermador and Miele. The bedroom includes two large closets and an en suite bath. The bathroom includes a double sink vanity, frameless glass shower, separate Neptune Zen soaking tub and honed-finish travertine with teakwood marble accents. Due to the use of multiple solid wood pocket doors, guests can access the bathroom while privacy is maintained in the bedroom. No true home would be complete without its own Bosch washer and dryer. See floor plan and full details here.

160 East 22ndStreet, Gramercy
Design by Perkins Eastman | Developed by Toll Brothers
Completed in 2018
LEED Gold Certified

160-East-22nd-Street-01 All images of 160 East 22nd Street via Serhant
160-East-22nd-Street-02
160-East-22nd-Street-03

160-East-22nd-Street-04
From the Listing: Boasting high-end finishes and an abundance of natural light, this 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom floor-through condo is a paradigm of contemporary city living. Features of this home include beautiful wide plank oak floors, floor-to-ceiling windows with northern and southern exposure, multi-zone central heating and cooling, custom closets, a built-in workstation, and an in-unit Bosch washer/dryer. A spacious foyer adorned with a large coat closet flows into an open-concept living room, dining room, and kitchen saturated with northern light. The kitchen is equipped with an eat-in waterfall peninsula, chic stone countertops, custom cabinets, and a suite of fully-integrated high-end appliances from Sub-Zero and Miele that includes a 15-bottle wine fridge. See floor plan and full details here.

Murray Hill Green
303 East 33rd Street
Design by Perkins Eastman | Developed by Toll Brothers
Completed in 2009
LEED Gold Certified

303-East-33rd-Street-01 All images of Murray Hill Green via Pari Passu Realty
303-East-33rd-Street-02
303-East-33rd-Street-03

303-East-33rd-Street-04
From the Listing: Step into unit 8F at 303 E 33rd St and you are embraced with sunlight and wowed by the expansive openness of the entertainment area. This corner one-bedroom apartment is wrapped with floor-to-ceiling windows that face north and east with views of the Chrysler Building and the East River. Complete with a full-size dining area, the entertaining options abound, perfect for hosting both intimate and larger gatherings. There is also an open private balcony at the corner of the unit. The large kitchen shines in a modern aesthetic with Bosch appliances and a full-size pantry for storage, plus its own floor-to-ceiling window. The residence features beautifully appointed bamboo floors throughout and both HVAC units have been upgraded within the last three years. See floor plan and full details here.

Manhattan View at MiMa, Midtown West
460 West 42nd Street
Design by Arquitectonica | Developed by SCG America
Completed in 2016
LEED Gold Certified

460-West-42nd-Street-01 All images of Manhattan View at MiMa via Nest Seekers
460-West-42nd-Street-02
460-West-42nd-Street-03

460-West-42nd-Street-04
From the Listing: A pristine high-floor apartment at the ultra-luxurious Manhattan View condominium, this 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom home is an exemplar of contemporary craftsmanship and design. Features of this Jamie Drake-designed 566 sq. ft. condo include wide plank premium brushed oak floors, triple-glazed floor-to-ceiling windows, a smart home automation system, high ceilings, a Bosch washer/dryer, and breathtaking views of the city skyline. A welcoming foyer adorned with a large coat closet flows into an open-concept living room, dining room, and kitchen saturated with south facing light. The kitchen is equipped with an eat-in waterfall peninsula, stunning Italian marble countertops, a matching backsplash, custom white lacquer cabinets, and a suite of fully-integrated high-end appliances from Gaggenau. The bedroom has a pair of large reach-in closets and easy access to an immaculate full bathroom with marble walls and floors, a marble vanity, and deep Kohler soaking tub. See floor plan and full details here.

200 East 21st Street, Gramercy
Design by BKSK Architects | Developed by Alfa Development
Completed in 2018
LEED Gold Certified

200-East-21st-Street-01 All images of 200E21 via Douglas Elliman
200-East-21st-Street-03
200-East-21st-Street-04

200-East-21st-Street-02
From the Listing: Residence 2C at 200 East 21st Street is a stunning 880-square-foot 1-bedroom, 1-bath home with beautiful northern light streaming in from over 8 tall bronze windows. Thoughtfully proportioned rooms and spaces feature 7" wide plank oak flooring finished in a sophisticated custom smoked oil stain, while grand entry and interior doors feature Valli & Valli hardware throughout. The open Poliform kitchen designed by Champalimaud features a white matte lacquer breakfast bar and custom oak cabinetry finished in a smoked oil stain, complemented by white sand Quartzite countertops and backsplash in a honed suede finish and sleek Dornbracht fixtures. The kitchen is outfitted with a fully integrated luxury appliance package by Miele. See floor plan and full details here.

The Edge North Tower, Williamsburg
34 North 7th Street
Design by Stephen B. Jacobs Group | Developed by Douglaston Development
Completed in 2021
LEED Gold Certified

34-North-7th-Street-01 All images of The Edge North Tower via Compass
34-North-7th-Street-02
34-North-7th-Street-03

34-North-7th-Street-04
From the Listing: This stunning 2BD/2BA home is luxury living at its best! With a spacious living room and a state of the art kitchen with high-end appliances, a microwave, dishwasher, sprawling counters, and a breakfast bar, this unit is ready for relaxing or entertaining. You'll also find two huge bedrooms with the primary boasting double exposure, full en-suite bathroom with separate shower and deep-soaking tub, and two closets including a generous walk-in closet. Both bathrooms are fitted with upscale finishes and fixtures including ample under-the-sink storage. As a bonus, there is even an in-unit washer/dryer for modern convenience. The EDGE also boasts LEED Gold Certification, low common charges and a 22-year tax abatement ending in 2036. See floor plan and full details here.

Jolie, Financial District
77 Greenwich Street
Design by FXCollaborative | Developed by Trinity Place Holdings
Completed in 2021
LEED Certified

77-Greenwich-Street-01 All images of Jolie via Serhant
77-Greenwich-Street-03
77-Greenwich-Street-04

77-Greenwich-Street-02
From the Listing: A brand new FiDi condo graced with a curated palette of sublime fixtures and finishes, this Deborah Berke-designed 1-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom home is an aperture for natural light and enchanting harbor and Hudson River views. Features of this apartment include beautiful wide plank white oak floors, wraparound floor-to-ceiling crystalline glass windows, airy ceilings nearly 11 feet in height, an in-unit Miele washer/dryer, custom millwork, and energy efficient electric heating and cooling with variant refrigerant flow. A luxurious Bianco Mist Quartzite foyer adorned with a coat closet and powder room flows into a luminous open-concept living room, dining room, and kitchen overlooking the water. See floor plan and full details here.

123 Third Avenue, East Village
Design by Perkins Eastman | Developed by F&T Group
Completed in 2010
LEED Certified

123-Third-Avenue-01 Images of 123 Third Avenue via Brown Harris Stevens
123-Third-Avenue-02
123-Third-Avenue-03

123-Third-Avenue-04 Interiors via Corcoran
From the Listing: Sunny, spacious and serene--this lovely two bed/two bath apartment is an elegant yet comfortable home. You enter through a windowed gallery-like hall through to a dramatic open living area. The sleek kitchen features a floor to ceiling window, contemporary cabinetry including a generous pantry, top-of-the-line appliances and Caesarstone counter tops. The ample island allows for seating although there is room for a designated dining area as well. This corner apartment with three exposures is bright and cheerful with striking views throughout. A contemporary sliding door separates the living room from the second bedroom or office area. A full bath serves this area while the elegant primary bedroom, with classic roof top views, is served by a spacious en suite bath with gorgeous Carrera marble walls, a vanity with dual sinks, a soaking tub and separate shower. Central heat and air and an in-unit washer/dryer ensure comfort and convenience. See floor plan and full details here.

Passive House Listings
53-West-71st-Street-02
53-West-71st-Street-03
53-West-71st-Street-04
From the listing:
Baxt/Ingui, premier residential architects, have completed a breathtaking brand-new renovation, giving this house not only new splendor, but state-of-the-art systems. The "Passive House" is completely sealed against drafts for an ultra-efficient, ecologically sound home which takes less energy and money to keep warm, while keeping out noise and pests. A sophisticated ventilation system tempers the fresh air that constantly flows into the house. Triple-glazed windows are Passive House certified and Landmarks approved, preserving both warmth and elegance. See floor plan and full details here.

25-West-88th-Street-01 All images of 25 West 88th Street via Leslie J. Garfield
25-West-88th-Street-02
25-West-88th-Street-03
From the Listing: Designed by architects Thom & Wilson in 1889, 25 West 88th Street is one of the finest renovated single-family townhouses on the Upper West Side. This triple mint home is among the first in Manhattan to receive a national designation as a Platinum Certified LEED Home and Passive Energy Certification. Spread across over 8,000 square feet of interior living space and seven floors are six bedrooms plus several activity rooms leaving space for exercise, meditation and crafts. The recent renovation was the work of Baxt/Ingui Architects, the top NYC LEED and Passive home builders, Robert Taffera Inc., renowned builders of brownstone homes, as well as the owners. This collaboration resulted in a masterpiece of design, energy savings, and exquisite details. See floor plan and full details here.

298-East-Houston-Street-01 Interiors via Nest Seekers
298-East-Houston-Street-03
298-East-Houston-Street-03
From the Listing: An immaculate floor-through condo inspired by environmentally-friendly Passive House standards, this 2.5-bedroom, 3-bathroom home is a portrait of contemporary Lower East Side luxury. Features of the home include wide plank hardwood floors, keyed elevator access, triple glazed floor-to-ceiling windows with northern and southern exposure, high ceilings, an office nook serving as a optional third bedroom, a private balcony, an Energy Recovery Ventilator System, and a Miele washer/dryer with heat-pump technology. The marquee feature of this stunning residence are the dramatic, unencumbered views of One World Trade Center and the Lower Manhattan skyline. See floor plan and full details here.

470-Columbus-Avenue-01 All images of Charlotte of the Upper West Side via Compass
470-Columbus-Avenue-02
470-Columbus-Avenue-03
From the Listing: The Penthouse Duplex at 470 Columbus is a magnificently designed home providing indoor-outdoor space along with healthy living and true comfort. Perched atop 2 floors and overlooking the historic Upper West Side, this trophy home consists of 4 bedrooms and 4 and a half baths. Architecturally gorgeous and without peer in quality and detail, all the apartments at Charlotte of The Upper West Side set a new standard. See floor plan and full details here.

515-East-86th-Street-01 All images of Convivium via Bond New York
515-East-86th-Street-02
515-East-86th-Street-03
From the Listing: Introducing the PH at CONVIVIUM, topping off the Upper East Side's newest and most luxurious residence! This apartment is sunny and elegant, with walls of floor to ceiling windows all along the south side of the apartment. There's a gourmet kitchen with central island which features Fisher Paykel fridge, induction cook top, stove, microwave and dishwasher built into minimalist Italian cabinetry. The island is perfect for bar stools. The open living and dining area could fit a large dining table and an expansive living and entertaining space which features a glass door to a beautiful south facing balcony with sweeping vistas to the east river and all points south. See floor plan and full details here.

130-West-95th-Street-01 All images of 130 West 95th Street via Rand Realty NY
130-West-95th-Street-02
130-West-95th-Street-03
From the Listing: This 5 1/2 story townhouse is situated on one of the prettiest tree-lined blocks on the Upper West Side. When completed, it will include nearly 6,000 square feet of interior space. This is the ultimate townhouse: in the middle of a quaint block, south-facing with loads of sun, backing up to a row of lovely townhouses on 94th Street. NYC Department of Buildings plans have been drawn and approved, meaning you can fast-track construction - no need to wait 6 to 12 months for approvals. As you can see from the photos, many of the joists on every floor have been replaced with steel to make this a super-strong blank slate, ready for your personal touches. Currently, the plans are to make it a "Passive House," one of a very few similar elite homes in Manhattan. This home will feature ultra-low energy usage for heating and cooling, including a large solar array on the roof to provide electricity, and a "skin" on the rear of the building to provide year-round hot water. See floor plan and full details here.

Additional Info About the Building