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The Gainsborough, 222 Central Park South, #1620

$3,600,000 | 2 beds, 2 baths

Key Details

  • Listed Sep 10, 2020
    Building Type Cooperative
    Neighborhood Midtown West
  • Monthly Maintenance $7,558
    Minimum Down Payment 50%
    Doorman FT Doorman

Description

Built in 1905 and completed in 1908, the legendary Gainsborough Studios were first constructed as an apartment hotel for artists. Shortly thereafter, the building was converted into a co-operative for its tenants. The unique frontage, which has recently undergone a major restoration, features a bust of the 18th century painter, Thomas Gainsborough, after whom the building was named and dedicated.

The upper facade has beautiful Edwardian tiles in bright colors made from 18th-Century pottery and an impressive frieze entitled 'a Festival Procession of the Arts.' This renowned building's northern light attracted artists including the Surrealist painter, Enrico Donati. He used Apartment 1620 as his painting studio for well over 50 years. Located on the 14th and 15th floors, the dramatic double-height living room with wood burning fireplace has an 18'8' ceiling and oversized windows with sweeping views of Manhattan's iconic and landmarked 843-acre Central Park.

The balcony overlooking the living room provides an even more spectacular view of Fifth Avenue, and the vast pastoral oasis of the Park. The apartment is a beautiful portal through which quintessential New York can best be experienced! Much of the architectural details and original floorplan of the apartment have remained intact. Representing the combination of two apartments, the former living room of the second apartment now serves as the primary bedroom with a handsome inlaid wood burning fireplace.

There is a second bedroom, two windowed baths, dining area and a windowed kitchenette. The apartment is in need of an update by its new owners. The Gainsborough has a full time attended door and elevator.

The cooperative permits up to 50% financing and pieds-a-terre. Pets and a washer/dryer allowed with board approval. The building has a 3% flip tax.

Showings are Monday-Friday between 10:00am and 4:00pm.

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Apartment Amenities

  • Washer/Dryer in apt.
  • Windowed Kitchen

Estimated Monthly Cost

About The Gainsborough, 222 Central Park South

88

The Gainsborough, 222 Central Park South has received a CityRealty Rating of 88, 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

29
Out of 44
+
31
Out of 36
+
18
Out of 39
+
10
=
88
Out of 119
 

Architecture Rating: Points Breakdown

Exterior:
Architectural Masterpiece 8 out of 8 points
Retail Quality:
None 2 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:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Local Visibility:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Watertank:
Enclosed 1 out of 2 points
Airconditioners:
Discrete 1 out of 2 points
Free Standing:
No 0 out of 2 points
Gargoyles:
Distinctive 2 out of 2 points
Garden:
None 0 out of 2 points
Fenestration:
Consistent 1 out of 1 points
Landmark:
Individual Designation 2 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:
Outstanding 5 out of 5 points
Distance To Neighborhood Center:
Less than 20 blocks 4 out of 5 points
Views:
Dazzling 4 out of 4 points
Neighborhood Ambience:
Very Attractive 3 out of 3 points
Traffic Noise:
Considerable 1 out of 3 points
Protected Views:
Many 2 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:
Less Than 3 Short Blocks 2 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:
Quite Stylish 3 out of 5 points
Units Per Floor:
3-4 3 out of 5 points
Ceiling:
14 or more Feet 4 out of 4 points
Balconies:
None 0 out of 3 points
Health Club:
Yes 1 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:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Concierge:
None 0 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:
No 0 out of 1 points
Non Rectilinear Form:
No 0 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 1905
  • 39 Apartments
  • 16 Floors

Building Amenities

  • FT Doorman
  • High-Rise
  • Pre War
  • Intercom
  • Elevator
  • Landmarked

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Pros
  • Impressive facade frieze by Isidore Konti
  • Excellent location close to midtown and Carnegie Hall and Columbus Circle
  • Doorman
  • Few apartments
  • Spectacular- double-height living rooms overlooking Central Park
  • Close to Subway
  • Official landmark
Cons
  • No health club
  • No garage
  • Heavy traffic on Central Park South
  • No recreational roof
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Subways

  1. 1
  2. B
  3. D
  4. A
  5. C
at Central Park West and 60th 0.10 miles
  1. N
  2. Q
  3. R
at 7th Ave 0.17 miles
  1. F
at 6th Ave 0.27 miles
  1. E
at Broadway and 53rd 0.30 miles
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