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Master, 310 Riverside Drive

Between West 103rd Street & West 104th Street   |    Riverside Dr./West End Ave.

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Key Details

  • Co-op
  • Built in 1929
  • 316 Apartments
  • 24 Floors
  • Size Avg. Price # Sold
  • 1 BED $755,000 2
  • STUDIO $398,000 5
  • Avg. Price based on 7 closings during past 12 months Last updated May 24, 2018
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$1,357 Avg. Price / Ft2

Overview

70

Master, 310 Riverside Drive has received a CityRealty Rating of 70, 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

28
Out of 44
+
29
Out of 36
+
13
Out of 39
=
70
Out of 119
 

Architecture Rating: Points Breakdown

Exterior:
Very Distinguished 7 out of 8 points
Retail Quality:
None 2 out of 5 points
Canopy Entrance:
Attractive 2 out of 3 points
Alterations:
None 2 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:
Attractively Enclosed 2 out of 2 points
Airconditioners:
Discrete 1 out of 2 points
Free Standing:
Corner 1 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:
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:
More than 50 blocks 0 out of 5 points
Views:
Dazzling 4 out of 4 points
Neighborhood Ambience:
Very Attractive 3 out of 3 points
Traffic Noise:
Very Little 3 out of 3 points
Protected Views:
Many 2 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:
Less Than 3 Short Blocks 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Water:
Less than 3 Short Blocks 2 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:
10-15 1 out of 5 points
Ceiling:
8-9 Feet 1 out of 4 points
Balconies:
Some 1 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:
Yes 1 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:
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:
Some 1 out of 2 points
  • #46 Rated co-op - Riverside Dr./West End Ave.
How was this building rated?

One of the city's important Art Deco residential buildings and one of the city's first major mixed-use buildings, this 24-story tower has been a prominent landmark on the Upper West Side since it was erected in 1929.

Originally built to house a museum for Russian-born artist, Nicholas Roerich, a school, an auditorium and a restaurant in a residential hotel, the building was designed by Helmle, Corbett & Harrison and Sugarman & Berger.

The design by architect Harvey Wiley Corbett was related to his earlier design for One Fifth Avenue in its general massing, and to an unbuilt project by him and architects Wallace Harrison and William H. MacMurray known as the Belden project.

Hugh Ferriss, the great and highly influential architectural draftsman, once praised the Belden project as "a significant departure" from the conventional, "theoretical, applied and two-dimensional" triad of base, shaft and capital, one that moved toward a "three-dimensional, inherent and self-evident" massing.

In their book, "New York 1930, Architecture and Urbanism Between The Two World Wars," (Rizzoli International Publications, 1987), Robert A. M. Stern, Gregory Gilmartin and Thomas Mellins observed that at the Master Apartments "the handling of the transitions between the base and tower was particularly adept, as square and chamfered corners established a sprightly syncopation against the more thunderous beat of the central masses."

"The rooftop silhouette of the building's chimneys, a replacement of the original scheme's stepped pyramidal roof, constituted one of the most memorable skyline features of the period. Color was also an important ingredient of the building's success: the shaded brick, carefully graded from dark at the base to light at the top, suggested to Ferriss "a kind of growth...," the authors added.

In their book, "The A.I.A. Guide to New York, Third Edition," (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989), Elliot Willensky and Norval White noted that Roerich, whose museum is no longer in the building, "seems to have been responsible for the idea of shading the building's brickwork from a purpled base to a pale yellow top," adding that "Wind-borne soot has all but eradicated the color change."

Although the redevelopment of Riverside Drive stalled during the Depression leaving it mix of low- and mid-rise buildings, the Masters Apartment building is the solitary exception that soars above its general cornice line, but because it held to the building line that "break" is quite acceptable. Indeed, for decades the tower has been the most visible landmark on the Upper East West skyline between the fabled towers on Central Park West and the Riverside Church much farther north. According to Scott Springer, a New York architect who is working on a monograph on Harvey Weley Corbett, the Master was "the first skyscraper in New York to feature corner windows." With its finned verticality, the tower exemplies a thrilling skyward thrust that would have been more influential had the Depression not curtailed new projects. The building's 335 apartments were converted to cooperatives in 1988.

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Nearby Subway Stations

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Carter Horsley's Review

Master, 310 Riverside Drive Carter Horsley's Building Review
"One of the city's important Art Deco residential buildings and one of the city's first major mixed-use buildings, this 24-story tower has been a prominent landmark on the Upper West Side since it was erected in 1929." Read Carter's Full Review

The pros & cons

Pros
  • Close to Subway
  • Important Upper West Side landmark
  • Steadily improving neighborhood
  • Doorman
  • Great Hudson River and Riverside Park views
  • Magnificent views from of the city from tower
Cons
  • Mostly small apartments
  • Neighborhood still in transition
  • No garage
  • No sundeck
  • No health club
  • Pretty far north
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Master, 310 Riverside Drive - 10 year Sales History

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Master, 310 Riverside Drive Alternate Address

  • 310 Riverdale Drive

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In the Neighborhood: What’s Available & Sales Stats

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  • 267 Available for Sale
  • $1,319 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $1,787,722 Avg. Price
  • $1,375,000 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive 110 Riverside Drive Apt 7A | $6,995,000
  2. Least Expensive 244 Riverside Drive Apt 4I | $310,000
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  • 403 Total Sales
  • $1,140 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $1,468,487 Avg. Price
  • $1,150,000 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive 173 Riverside Drive Apt 10D | $6,650,000
    Price / ft2 $1,900
  2. Least Expensive 244 Riverside Drive Apt 2F | $290,000

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