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The Cliff Dwelling, 243 Riverside Drive, #304

$595,000 ($915 per ft2) -4.8% | 2 beds, 1 bath | Approx. 650 ft2
119 days on Market

Key Details

  • Listed: Dec 21, 2023
    Last Price Change: -4.8% ($30,000) on Jan 9
    Days on Market: 119
    Building Type: Cooperative
    Neighborhood: Riverside Dr./West End Ave. (Manhattan)
    Doorman: PT Doorman
    Listing viewed 415 times
Monthly Maintenance: $1,508 ($2.32/ft2)
Est. Monthly Mortgage: $3,247
Total Est. Monthly Carrying Cost: $4,755 ($7.32/ft2)
Note: the above is based on a down payment of 20% ($119,000), which is the minimum amount permitted by the building.

Description

Unique opportunity to create the 2 bedroom, 1 bath home of your dreams. This estate condition apartment, available for the first time in over 70 years, boasts direct park and river views. Pictured views are taken from the apartment.

Several images have been virtually renovated to illustrate possibilities.

Originally built as an apartment hotel in 1914 known as the Cliff Dwelling, 243 Riverside Drive was designed by architect Herman Lee Meader. The building sits on an irregular lot with the majority of apartments facing Riverside Park. Meader was intensely interested in Mayan and Aztec architecture.

This influence is seen in the artwork throughout the terra cotta frieze of the building’s facade where mountain lions, buffalo, double-headed snakes, and other imagery is incorporated. The lobby features wonderful geometric motifs that almost foreshadow the Art Deco style of the 1920s.

The building offers two elevators, a live-in super, full-time porter, central laundry and entrances on Riverside Drive and 96th Street. Perfectly located along Riverside Drive and a couple of blocks away from the 1, 2 and 3 train station, M5 and M96 buses, Whole Foods, Westside Market, Trader Joe’s, Citi Bike, Equinox, SoulCycle, NY Sports Club, numerous restaurants, shops and Columbia University.

Cats and one dog are allowed, with board approval.

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Apartment Amenities

  • Western Exposures

Listing Agent (Seller's Representative)

Listing courtesy of Corcoran Group

Pricing History

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About The Cliff Dwelling, 243 Riverside Drive

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The Cliff Dwelling, 243 Riverside Drive has received a CityRealty Rating of 77, 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

21
Out of 44
+
33
Out of 36
+
15
Out of 39
+
8
=
77
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:
No Canopy 1 out of 3 points
Alterations:
Poorly Done 0 out of 2 points
Plaza Or Atrium:
None 0 out of 3 points
Contextual Design:
Yes and Good 2 out of 3 points
Skyline:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Local Visibility:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Watertank:
Exposed 0 out of 2 points
Airconditioners:
Allowed and Present 0 out of 2 points
Free Standing:
Corner 1 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:
No 0 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 10 blocks 5 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:
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:
3-4 3 out of 5 points
Ceiling:
8-9 Feet 1 out of 4 points
Balconies:
None 0 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:
Some 1 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:
Yes 1 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

Building Amenities

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

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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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