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Stella Tower, 425 West 50th Street, #PHA

$12,950,000 ($3,601 per ft2) | 3 beds, 3.5 baths | Approx. 3,596 ft2
97 days on Market

Key Details

  • Listed: Oct 31, 2022
    Days on Market: 97
    Building Type: Condominium
    Neighborhood: Midtown West (Manhattan)
    Doorman: FT Doorman
    Listing viewed 2,496 times
Monthly Common Charges: $6,684
Monthly Real Estate Taxes: $5,749
Total Taxes & Fees: $12,433 ($3.46/ft2)
Est. Monthly Mortgage: $64,464
Total Est. Monthly Carrying Cost: $76,897 ($21.38/ft2)
Note: the above is based on a down payment of 20% ($2,590,000), which is the minimum amount permitted by the building.

Description

Impeccably designed with sprawling city views, Penthouse A at Stella Tower offers a rare opportunity to own a private oasis within the heart of New York City. The product of a multi-year renovation, this stunning residence boasts grandly proportioned living spaces, soaring ceilings and a 1,000 square foot terrace with two unobstructed exposures and plunge pool. On the 17th and 18th floor, with no adjacent buildings of that height, this three bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom duplex residence offers a seclusion and grandeur rarely found in Manhattan real estate, and is undoubtedly the premier residence in the building.

Built in 1927 by Art Deco architect Ralph Walker as the New York Telephone Building, Stella Tower (named for the late architect’s wife) was converted to luxury residences in 2014. With conversion architecture by CetraRuddy and design work by Jarvis Studio, the result is a restoration and elevation of Walker’s Art Deco vision, now tailored for luxury living. Penthouse A is the crown achievement of this restoration.

With a complete redesign of the residence’s layout, this is a home that lives up to the building’s 100 year old pedigree and defines a new standard for modern, and private, penthouse living. From the main entry gallery, a floating staircase leads to the upper floor, where 15’ ceilings and floor-to-ceiling casement windows bathe the public spaces with all-day light. Every detail of the home is intentional, from the custom French Oak flooring by Arbony throughout to the cast metal archways providing structure and flow between each room.

Beginning with the sun lounge, which features open eastern and southern exposures and sublime skyline views, the public spaces are smartly designed for leisure and entertainment. Out the double french doors is a landscaped terrace with a custom teak pergola and plunge pool, and dramatic views to the south, east and west. A black granite wet bar with multiple fridges and ample counter space, and room for a large dining table make it a perfect spot for outdoor dining.

The heated plunge pool, along with built-in speakers and heaters, allow for year-round enjoyment of the terrace. The sun drenched lounge/sitting room leads directly to the great room through the first of four custom archways. Sweeping southern views grace this significant entertaining space, which also features a grigio carnico marble gas fireplace and another door to the terrace. Throughout the public spaces, large walls of different textures and materials create an excellent canvas for any art collection; their various finishes and upholsteries, including Jerry Pair suede leather and Kamp Studios hand plastering, add dimension and warmth to the rooms.

The kitchen and dining room is separated by three more archways, affording both a separation of space but also a flow of continuity in the home. The dining area comfortably seats twelve; there is additional seating for four at the kitchen island. The custom chef’s kitchen features an open layout and pristine finishes, including polished marble slab countertops, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Wolf range and induction stove top (plus pasta spout), two Gaggenau dishwashers, steam oven and microwave, Amuneal and Waterworks fixtures, and a walk-in pantry.

The pantry has grigio carnico marble shelving and floors. The entire north wall of the kitchen is set up as a bar, with a Sub-Zero wine refrigerator featuring a built-in four-spigot tap, additional space for mixology, and more storage. Southern exposures in the kitchen and dining room give both city and direct river views with supple all-day light.

Finally, a black Fior di Bosco marble powder room with hand-applied Callidus Guild plaster walls, and a lofted office space accessible by cast-iron ladder round out the floor. The lower floor is a sanctuary comprising three full bedroom suites, one currently configured as a state-of-the-art home theater. The principal suite is a haven of luxury featuring a private foyer, a hand rubbed cortina leather wall, Kamp Studios lime washed walls, dual dressing rooms - one of which is windowed - and additional built-ins with automatic lighting. The windowed principal bath, overlooking the city and Hudson River, has a Mr.

Steam shower, separate soaking tub, dual Calacatta Vagli slab marble vanities with Waterworks fixtures, and radiant heated limestone floors. Both additional bedrooms feature ensuite bathrooms and sizable closets. The second bedroom has corner exposure with open southern and eastern views and a windowed bathroom; the third bedroom/theater has four movie theater-style automatic chairs and 100% wool Holland & Sherry upholstered walls for an authentic theater experience from home. Few of Manhattan’s Art Deco buildings have been restored with the same care and attention as 425 West 50th Street.

Period details and handiwork, many lovingly excavated and others rebuilt in the original style, complement the modern features of the apartments. With only 51 residences, the building offers the quiet and privacy of a boutique condominium; amenities include a full-time doorman, a gym, a resident’s lounge, bicycle storage, and cold storage. Stella Tower is conveniently located in the heart of the city, just a short distance from some of its iconic destinations: Billionaire’s Row, Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle, the Theater District, Central Park and Hudson Yards.

Access in and out of the city is quite easy, with the West Side Highway, Blade terminal, and Teterboro Airport mere minutes away.

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Apartment Amenities

  • Terrace
  • Washer/Dryer in apt.

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About Stella Tower, 425 West 50th Street

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Stella Tower, 425 West 50th Street has received a CityRealty Rating of 76, 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

24
Out of 44
+
26
Out of 36
+
17
Out of 39
+
9
=
76
Out of 119
 

Architecture Rating: Points Breakdown

Exterior:
Distinguished 6 out of 8 points
Retail Quality:
Attractive 4 out of 5 points
Canopy Entrance:
No Canopy 1 out of 3 points
Alterations:
Well Done 1 out of 2 points
Plaza Or Atrium:
None 0 out of 3 points
Contextual Design:
Yes and Good 2 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:
Not Allowed 2 out of 2 points
Free Standing:
No 0 out of 2 points
Gargoyles:
None 0 out of 2 points
Garden:
None 0 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:
Yes 1 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 20 blocks 4 out of 5 points
Views:
Impressive 3 out of 4 points
Neighborhood Ambience:
Attractive 2 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:
3-5 Short Blocks 1 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:
3-6 Short Blocks 1 out of 2 points
Distance To Water:
3-6 Short Blocks 1 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:
14 or more Feet 4 out of 4 points
Balconies:
None 0 out of 3 points
Health Club:
None 0 out of 2 points
Private Gardens:
None 0 out of 2 points
Storage Rooms:
Minimal 1 out of 2 points
Bay Windows:
None 0 out of 1 points
Fireplaces:
Some 1 out of 1 points
Door Person:
None 0 out of 1 points
Concierge:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Elevator Person:
None 0 out of 1 points
Recreational Roof:
None 0 out of 1 points
Driveway:
None 0 out of 1 points
Maids Room:
None 0 out of 1 points
Catering:
None 0 out of 1 points
Garage:
None 0 out of 1 points
Mixed Use:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Non Rectilinear Form:
No 0 out of 1 points
Unusual Layouts:
No 0 out of 1 points
Prewar:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Other Amenities:
Some 1 out of 2 points

Building Amenities

  • Conversion Year: 2014
  • Attended Lobby
  • FT Doorman
  • High-Rise
  • Pre War
  • Central AC
  • Garden
  • Elevator
  • Lounge
  • Fitness Center
  • Bike Room

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Pros
  • Very impressive lobby
  • Tree-lined Clinton Street
  • Bottom half of building still used by Verizon
  • Handsome Art Deco-style Ralph Thomas building
  • Not far from Theater District
  • Fitness center
  • Some wood-burning fireplaces in penthouses
  • Close to Subway
Cons
  • No roof deck
  • No garage
  • No sidewalk landscaping
  • No balconies
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Subways

  1. C
  2. E
at 8th Ave and 51st 0.25 miles
  1. 1
at Broadway 0.38 miles
  1. N
  2. Q
  3. R
at 7th Ave 0.44 miles
  1. B
  2. D
at Broadway and 53rd 0.46 miles
  1. S
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. A
  5. 7
at 8th Ave and 44th 0.49 miles

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