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Rockefeller Apartments, 17 West 54th Street, #PHA

$2,500,000 | 1 bed, 1 bath
141 days on Market

Key Details

  • Listed Nov 20, 2020
    Days on Market 141
    Building Type Cooperative
    Neighborhood Midtown West
  • Monthly Maintenance $4,326
    Minimum Down Payment 50%
    Doorman FT Doorman

Description

Commissioned by Nelson Rockefeller, the building was designed by Wallace K. Harrison and J. Andre Fouilhoux and completed in 1937.

Initially a rental aimed at out-of-town business people working at Rockefeller Center, the apartment complex was later converted into a residential co-op.

The iconic Rockefeller apartments were commissioned by Nelson Rockefeller in 1937 as pied a terres and were designed by his architects, Harrison and Fouilhoux. The use of industrial materials such as the curving bays of metal sash windows, bear the hallmarks of early International Style design and lead to the building's Landmark designation in 1984.

Penthouse A has just undergone a complete gut renovation by noted architect Neal Stufano, to create a sophisticated and glamorous aerie with superb city views, surrounded by 500SF of wide terraces perfect for entertaining and private enjoyment.

The apartment has a bright and airy open plan featuring 10' ceilings and the original huge floor to ceiling steel framed doors which have been restored and fitted with thermopane glass to feature the impressive city skyline views looking north towards Billionaires Row, and the newly evolving Midtown skyline. The living room and the dining area both have a wall of these windows with doors to the terrace, and are further enhanced by a wood burning fireplace and cleverly designed storage space underneath the dining banquette.

A hallway leads to the master bedroom, also with a wall of windows and built-in closet. There are beautiful new oak herringbone hardwood floors and solid oak wood doors with nickel hardware, and the impressive chef's kitchen has stainless steel appliances, handsome slate grey cabinetry, stone countertops, subway tile walls, marble flooring and a large west-facing window.

This meticulously designed apartment offers the buyer an opportunity to enjoy a turn-key penthouse experience in the heart of Manhattan, just three blocks from Central Park and across the road from MOMA's sculpture garden. Its perfect location is in the midst of all the city has to offer, from Broadway shows to Fifth Avenue shopping, fine restaurants, art galleries, and museums.

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About Rockefeller Apartments, 17 West 54th Street

86

Rockefeller Apartments, 17 West 54th Street has received a CityRealty Rating of 86, based on:

 
Architecture

Anything above 30 is remarkable, from 20-29 is distinguished and from 11-19 is average, while below 11 is below average.

 
Location

Anything above 27 is remarkable, from 18-26 is distinguished and from 9-17 is average, while below 9 is below average.

 
Features

Anything above 22 is remarkable, from 16-21 is distinguished and from 9-15 is average, while below 9 is below average.

Rating Summary

27
Out of 44
+
27
Out of 36
+
24
Out of 39
+
8
=
86
Out of 119
 

Architecture Rating: Points Breakdown

Exterior:
Very Attractive 5 out of 8 points
Retail Quality:
High-End 5 out of 5 points
Canopy Entrance:
Dramatic 3 out of 3 points
Alterations:
Well Done 1 out of 2 points
Plaza Or Atrium:
None 0 out of 3 points
Contextual Design:
No, but Very Good 3 out of 3 points
Skyline:
Exists 1 out of 2 points
Local Visibility:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Watertank:
Attractively Enclosed 2 out of 2 points
Airconditioners:
Discrete 1 out of 2 points
Free Standing:
No 0 out of 2 points
Gargoyles:
None 0 out of 2 points
Garden:
Attractive 2 out of 2 points
Fenestration:
Consistent 1 out of 1 points
Landmark:
No 0 out of 2 points
Unity:
Unified Design 1 out of 1 points
Illumination:
None 0 out of 1 points
Water Element:
None 0 out of 1 points

Location Rating: Points Breakdown

Street Ambience:
Very Attractive with Trees 4 out of 5 points
Distance To Neighborhood Center:
Less than 10 blocks 5 out of 5 points
Views:
Impressive 3 out of 4 points
Neighborhood Ambience:
Very Attractive 3 out of 3 points
Traffic Noise:
Some 2 out of 3 points
Protected Views:
Only Top Floors 1 out of 2 points
Distance To Subway:
Less than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Firedepartment Noise:
No Noise 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Supermarket:
3-5 Short Blocks 1 out of 2 points
Distance To Park:
More than 6 Short Blocks 0 out of 2 points
Distance To Water:
More than 6 Short Blocks 0 out of 2 points
Shopping:
5 or less Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Schools:
No Noise 1 out of 1 points
Noise From Nightlife:
None 1 out of 1 points

Features Rating: Points Breakdown

Lobby:
Stunning 5 out of 5 points
Units Per Floor:
5-9 2 out of 5 points
Ceiling:
8-9 Feet 1 out of 4 points
Balconies:
Some 1 out of 3 points
Health Club:
Yes 1 out of 2 points
Private Gardens:
Substantial 2 out of 2 points
Storage Rooms:
Minimal 1 out of 2 points
Bay Windows:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Fireplaces:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Door Person:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Concierge:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Elevator Person:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Recreational Roof:
None 0 out of 1 points
Driveway:
None 0 out of 1 points
Maids Room:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Catering:
None 0 out of 1 points
Garage:
None 0 out of 1 points
Mixed Use:
No 0 out of 1 points
Non Rectilinear Form:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Unusual Layouts:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Prewar:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Other Amenities:
Many 2 out of 2 points
  • Co-op
  • Built in 1936
  • 67 Apartments
  • 12 Floors

Building Amenities

  • FT Doorman
  • Pre War
  • Elevator

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Pros
  • Very large rounded bay windows
  • Doorman
  • Elevator persons
  • Prime location across from the garden of the Museum of Modern Art
  • Sundecks
  • Fireplaces
  • Through-block project
  • Close to Subway
Cons
  • No garage
  • No health club
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Subways

  1. E
  2. M
at 5th Ave and 53rd 0.13 miles
  1. F
at 6th Ave 0.16 miles
  1. N
  2. Q
  3. R
at 5th Ave and 60th 0.27 miles
  1. B
  2. D
at Broadway and 53rd 0.28 miles
  1. 1
at Broadway 0.38 miles
  1. 6
at Lexington Ave 0.40 miles
  1. 4
  2. 5
at Lexington Ave and 60th 0.45 miles
  1. C
at 8th Ave and 51st 0.50 miles

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