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The Leonori, 26 East 63rd Street

Between Madison Avenue & Park Avenue

Key Details

  • Year Built 1901
    Converted Year 1983
    Building Type Condominium
  • Total Apartments 67
    Total Floors 13
    Doorman FT Doorman
$3,530
Avg. Price / ft2
$77
Avg. Price / ft2
$1,821
Avg. Price / ft2

Rating

26
Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 26 / 44

+
25
Out of 36

Location Rating: 25 / 36

+
18
Out of 39

Features Rating: 18 / 39

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9
=
78

CityRealty Rating Reference

 
Architecture
  • 30+ remarkable
  • 20-29 distinguished
  • 11-19 average
  • < 11 below average
 
Location
  • 27+ remarkable
  • 18-26 distinguished
  • 9-17 average
  • < 9 below average
 
Features
  • 22+ remarkable
  • 16-21 distinguished
  • 9-15 average
  • < 9 below average
  • #15 Rated condo - Park/Fifth Ave. to 79th St.
 

Description

One of the most elegant apartment buildings on Madison Avenue, the Leonori originally had its entrance on the avenue but when retail space on the avenue became very valuable it replaced the entrance with store space and created a new entrance on the side-street. (The apartment building at 45 East 66th Street also moved its entrance off the avenue for the same reasons.)

The building's original entrance on the avenue had a very handsome portico that was somewhat similar to that of the apartment building at 667 Madison Avenue that was unfortunately demolished for an office building. The 10-story apartment building at 667 was built in 1900 and the next year plans were filed by Maximilian Morgenthau for this 12-story building, which would be the avenue's tallest on the Upper East Side at that time.

This limestone-clad building was completed in 1902 when its address was 701 Madison Avenue. It was designed by Buchman & Fox. It was designed as an apartment hotel with a rooftop dining room. Morgenthau leased it in 1902 to Charles L. Leonori, after whom the building was named.

In a February 14, 1988 article in The New York Times that is reprinted in his fine book, "Changing New York, The Architectural Scene" (Dover Publications, Inc., 1992), Christopher Gray noted that the 1922 replacement of the avenue lobby with storefronts with iron Ionic pilasters was designed by Jardine, Hill & Murdoch, "the best work of its type on the avenue."

"In 1925," Mr. Gray continued, "the dining room was moved to the ground floor and opened to the public as a restaurant, freeing space for penthouse apartments, then coming into vogue. by this time the major elements of the building had been changed except for the rooms and the late Victorian finishes - sliding doors, dark wood trim, heavy ornamentation - now out of fashion in an era of light colors and neo-Georgian detailing....In 1981, a real-estate investment group headed by David Berley bought the Leonori and converted it to condominium ownership in 1983."

The building was included in the Upper East Side Historic District, given it landmark status, but incredibly the building at 667 Madison Avenue was not and it was demolished by Leonard Stern to make way for a new office building that is attractive but in no way as elegant as the apartment building with its great caryatid statues above its portico that it replaced.

The building has 67 apartments, a three-story rusticated limestone base, a marquee side-street entrance with a walk-up lobby, some arched windows, and sidewalk landscaping, but no garage and no health club.

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Building Amenities

  • Concierge
  • FT Doorman
  • Hi Rise
  • Pre War
  • Basement Storage
  • Central AC
  • Elevator
  • In-Unit Washer/Dryer
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Apartments for Sale at 26 East 63rd Street (6)

6
Available Apts
$1.5M - $29M
Price Range
$3,530
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Apartments for Rent at 26 East 63rd Street (2)

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$5,900
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Carter Horsley's Review

Carter Horsley's Building Review
"One of the most elegant apartment buildings on Madison Avenue, the Leonori originally had its entrance on the avenue but when retail space on the avenue became very valuable it replaced the entrance with store space and created a new entrance on the side-street. (The apartment building at 45 East 66th Street also moved its entrance off the avenue for the same reasons.)
The building's original entrance on the avenue had a very handsome portico that was somewhat similar to that of the apartment building at 667 Madison Avenue that was unfortunately demolished for an office building. The 10-story apartment building at 667 was built in 1900 and the next year plans were filed by Maximilian Morgenthau for this 12-story building, which would be the avenue's tallest on the Upper East Side at that time." Read Carter's Full Review
Pros
  • Side-street marquee entrance
  • Prime Upper East Side location
  • 3-story rusticated base
  • Concierge
  • Very distinguished pre-war
  • High ceilings
  • Sidewalk landscaping
  • Close to many boutiques
  • Close to Subway
Cons
  • No garage
  • Many apartments
  • Walk-up lobby
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Subways

  1. F
at Lexington Ave and 63rd 0.19 miles
  1. N
  2. Q
  3. R
at 5th Ave and 60th 0.22 miles
  1. 4
  2. 5
  3. 6
at Lexington Ave and 60th 0.24 miles
  1. M
  2. E
at 5th Ave and 53rd 0.50 miles
 

Sales Summary - Past 12 Months

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Past 12 Months
$1,821
Avg. Price / ft2
Based on 2 Sales
 

Closing History - Last 10 sales

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10
Units Sold
$630K - $6.2M
Price Range
$2,600
Avg. Price / ft2

Pricing Comparison of Similar Buildings

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In The Neighborhood: What’s Available & Sales Stats

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  • 404 Available for Sale
  • $2,493 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $7,915,947 Avg. Price
  • $3,697,500 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive 12 East 69th Street Apt TH | $88,000,000
  2. Least Expensive 52 East 78th Street Apt 6D | $450,000
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  • 78 Available for Rent
  • $266 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $30,518 Avg. Price
  • $11,975 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive The Carlyle Apt 1506 | $150,000
    Price / ft2 $1,286
  2. Least Expensive 40 East 75th Street Apt 3B | $3,100
    Price / ft2 $57
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  • 285 Total Sales
  • $2,172 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $4,525,368 Avg. Price
  • $2,200,000 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive 520 Park Avenue Apt DPH60 | $73,800,000
    Price / ft2 $8,076
  2. Least Expensive The Montclair Apt SR-4 | $300,000

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Alternate Addresses

  • 701 Madison Avenue
  • 7011-709 Madison Avenue

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