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163 Charles Street

Between West Street & Washington Street   |    West Village

163  Charles Street
68

163 Charles Street has received a CityRealty Rating of 68, 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

20
Out of 44
+
24
Out of 36
+
16
Out of 39
+
8
=
68
Out of 119
 

Architecture Rating: Points Breakdown

Exterior:
Very Attractive 5 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:
Yes and Good 2 out of 3 points
Skyline:
Exists 1 out of 2 points
Local Visibility:
Highly Visible 2 out of 2 points
Watertank:
Enclosed 1 out of 2 points
Airconditioners:
Discrete 1 out of 2 points
Free Standing:
No 0 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:
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:
Very Attractive with Trees 4 out of 5 points
Distance To Neighborhood Center:
Less than 40 blocks 2 out of 5 points
Views:
Open 2 out of 4 points
Neighborhood Ambience:
Very Attractive 3 out of 3 points
Traffic Noise:
Very Little 3 out of 3 points
Protected Views:
Only Top Floors 1 out of 2 points
Distance To Subway:
More than 5 Short Blocks 0 out of 2 points
Firedepartment Noise:
No Noise 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Supermarket:
More than 5 Short Blocks 0 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:
6-10 Short Blocks 1 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:
Minimal but Attractive 2 out of 5 points
Units Per Floor:
1 5 out of 5 points
Ceiling:
11-14 Feet 3 out of 4 points
Balconies:
Very Attractive 3 out of 3 points
Health Club:
None 0 out of 2 points
Private Gardens:
None 0 out of 2 points
Storage Rooms:
None 0 out of 2 points
Bay Windows:
None 0 out of 1 points
Fireplaces:
None 0 out of 1 points
Door Person:
None 0 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:
Yes 1 out of 1 points
Non Rectilinear Form:
No 0 out of 1 points
Unusual Layouts:
No 0 out of 1 points
Prewar:
No 0 out of 1 points
Other Amenities:
Many 2 out of 2 points
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163 Charles Street Overview

The three very similar modern apartment buildings designed by Richard Meier for two different developers on West Street between Perry and Charles Streets have been widely credited with ushering in an era of "starchitect" projects that significantly upgraded the fabric of the city's new architecture in the 21st Century.

That design renaissance spread not surprisingly to the immediate neighbor of the southernmost of the Meier trio, the mid-block property at 163 Charles Street where an art dealer, Kenny Schacter commissioned a nine-story residential building from Zaha Hadid, a recent winner of the prestigious Pritzker Price for Architecture and one of the most famous architects in the world best known for her flamboyant and fascinating architectural drawings of extreme perspectives.

The Schacter/Hadid scheme, however, was eventually abandoned and Mr. Schacter sold the site to Barry Leistner for about $5,900,000 and he then commissioned Daniel Goldner Architects for the project.

The Goldner design was considerably less complex than the Hadid scheme but its clean-cut modern line complemented the design of the Meier building with floor-to-ceiling windows with a Mondrianesque-pane pattern.

The 8-story, 22-foot-wide, Goldner design had a two-story base with a step-down entrance and four balconies with a total of two duplex apartments, ground floor commercial space and a triplex apartment.

In the press, the building was described in some articles as "Mini-Meier."

Its design in comparison with the Meier buildings is quite diminutive and demure as its tower is considerably setback above its base and its four balconies are quite deep.

The building fronts on Charles Lane, which was described by John Freeman Gill in an August 29, 2005 article in The New York Times as a "quirky one-block thoroughfare just 15 feet wide," that "contains one of the most striking juxtapositions of old and new to be found in the evolving Far West...

Carter Horsley's Review
of 163 Charles Street

Carter Horsley's Building Review
Read a Review of 163 Charles Street byCarter Horsley

Features & Amenities

  • Attended Lobby
  • Concierge
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Center
  • Virtual Doorman

Pros

  • Small modern mid-block building near West Street
  • Adjacent to Richard Meier apartment building
  • Very few apartments
  • Charming narrow street
  • Large balconies
  • Close to Hudson River Park

Cons

  • Not too close to public transportation
  • No garage
  • No sidewalk landscaping
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