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530 Park Avenue

Between East 60th Street & East 61st Street

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Carter Horsley
Review by Carter Horsley
Carter Horsley Carter B. Horsley, a former journalist for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Post. Mr. Horsley is also the editorial director of CityRealty.com.
 

This 19-story, white-brick apartment building at 530 Park Avenue on the southwest corner at 61st Street next to the Regency Hotel was erected in 1940 and designed by George F. Pelham Jr., who also designed 41, 50, 785, 1130 and 1150 Park Avenue and 1056 Fifth Avenue.

It was bought in 2007 for about $211 million by Blackrock Realty Advisors which then sold it to Aby Rosen, the owner of the Seagrams Building and Lever House on Park Avenue who converted the rental building to a condominium with 116 apartments in 2013.

Handel Architects LLP was the architect for the conversion.

William T. Georgis was the interior designer for the conversion.

Bottom Line

A very prime location on Park Avenue with some curved glass windows, a limestone rotunda entrance and catering by Sant Ambroeus.  It is also adjacent to the beautiful Christ Church United Methodist.

Description

The building is notable for its two piers of curved glass bay windows flanking Juliet balconies above its entrance on the avenue. 

It has a very handsome, ribbed, two-story limestone base and sidewalk landscaping.

The building also has a townhouse unit.

The building is also known as 48-60 East 61st Street and has a new entrance marquee and a grand double-height ribbed limestone entrance rotunda with Nordic Gray and Cold Spring granite floor and ebonized wood concierge desk with granite top.  There is a sitting room overlooking the garden and antique fountain and a media center and a dark wood paneled library with billiard table.

The first floor also contains a catering kitchen.


 

Amenities

Room service is by Sant Ambroeus, the Milanese restaurant on Madison Avenue that has opened a branch in the nearby Regency Hotel and has superb cappuchinos.

The building also has 24-hour doorman/concierge, a fitness center, a children’s playroom, a library with billiard table, sitting rooms and a landscaped courtyard with French garden with a handsome black tile reflecting pool designed by Town & Gardens Ltd, with gravel walkways, blue stone pavers and privacy wall of English Ivy with red maple trees..

It also has bicycle storage, storage, and a laundry.


 

Apartments

Kitchens have Smallbone of Devizes cabinetry.

The building has new windows and custom plaster hand-finished cove crown moldings and individually controlled heating and air-conditioning.

Apartments have Bosch washers and dryers.

Kitchens  have Pietra Cardosa Italian granite countertops, Italian porcelain floors,  Subzero stainless steel refrigerators and wine coolers, Bosch dishwashers, Wolf ranges, Bertazzoni ovens and Viking hoods.

Bathrooms have Crema Marfil marble walls and wood-grain brown marble floors  and vanity tops, stone baseboards and plaster cornices, full-length  door mirrors, recessed lighting above tubs and shower stalls, stone top vanities with Kohler Caxton sinks, Toto toilers, radiant heating and linen closets in master baths.

Apartment 1112B is a three-bedroom duplex that has a 10-foot-wide vestibule that leads to a 16-foot-wide living room blanked by a 12-foot-long library with curved bay window and a 16-foot-long dining room with a curved bay window next to a open kitchen on the upper floor and the bedrooms on the lower floor.

Apartment 11DE is a three-bedroom unit that has a large entry foyer that leads to a large living room that opens onto a dining room next to a large kitchen.

Apartment 5A is a three-bedroom unit that has a 19-foot-wide entry foyer that leads to a 22-foot-long living room and a large kitchen next to a 12-foot-long dining room.

Apartment 7A is a three-bedroom unit that has an entry foyer that leads to a 19-foot-long gallery that opens onto a 23-foot-long living room and a 16-foot-wide, enclosed kitchen that opens onto a 12-foot-long dining room.

Apartment 16G is a two-bedroom unit with a large entry foyer that leads to a 22-foot-long living room and an “L”-shaped kitchen.


 

History

Bianca Jagger, the former wife of the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, used to live in a rent-regulated apartment in the building until she was evicted in 2008 for living outside the country and 2012 she lost a court case challenging the eviction.


 

Location

The building is just to the north of the very handsome Christ Church United Methodist that was designed by Ralph Adams Cram and was headed by the Rev. Ralph Washington Sockman, whose “National Radio Pulpit” was broadcast from 1928 to 1962.

The church is also across 61st Street from the  Regency Hotel.  It is also close to Central Park, Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s and Bloomingdale’s.


 

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