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The Cliff Dwelling, 243 Riverside Drive

Co-op located in Upper West Side, between West 96th Street & West 97th Street

Description of The Cliff Dwelling at 243 Riverside Drive

Originally built as a hotel in 1914, 243 Riverside Drive is now a 12-story, 45-unit cooperative known as The Cliff Dwelling. The design by Herman Lee Meader was influenced by Mayan and Aztec architecture, which can be seen in the building's friezes, but the lobby features Art Deco motifs as well. The building has two elevators, a live-in superintendent, full-time porter, and central laundry room. It is a short walk from Columbia University, Whole Foods, West Side Market, top restaurants and fitness, and the local and express subway stops.

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Building Facts

  • Year Built: 1909
    Building Type: Co-op
    Neighborhood: Riverside Dr./West End Ave. (Manhattan)
    Minimum Down: 20%
  • Total Apartments: 45 45
    Total Floors: 12
    Doorman: PT Doorman
    Total Floorplans:

Apartment Pricing Stats

Avg. Price / ft2

Building Amenities

  • PT Doorman
  • Pre War
  • Washer/Dryer in building
  • Elevator
  • Laundry Room
  • Live-In Superintendent

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The Cliff Dwelling: Rating

21
Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 21 / 44

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33
Out of 36

Location Rating: 33 / 36

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15
Out of 39

Features Rating: 15 / 39

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8
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77

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
  • #23 Rated co-op - Riverside Dr./West End Ave.
 

Carter Horsley's Review of The Cliff Dwelling

Carter Horsley's Building Review
"Some famous buildings in New York are best known for their unusual decoration and some for their unusual shapes.

This 12-story building at 243 Riverside Drive on the northeast corner at 96th Street is known for both, although it is not as famous as it should be." Read Carter's Full Review
Pros
  • Very unusual and fine facade decoration with Wild West motifs
  • Consistent fenestration
  • Across cross-street from park that provides extra "light and air"
  • Very convenient public transportation
  • Pre-war construction
  • Fine views of Hudson River and Riverside Park from upper floors
  • Very distinctive and unusual arched cornice
  • Close to Subway
Cons
  • No sundeck
  • No balconies
  • No garage
  • No health club
  • Protruding air-conditioners
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Subways

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
at Broadway and 95th 0.19 miles
 

Sales Summary - Past 12 Months

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Past 12 Months
$1,032,300
Avg. Price
Based on 4 Sales
 

Closing History - Last 10 sales

10
Units Sold
$345K - $1.7M
Price Range
$918
Avg. Price / ft2

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