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120 East End Avenue

At The Northwest corner of West 85th Street   |    Yorkville

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Key Details

  • Co-op
  • Built in 1930
  • 42 Apartments
  • 17 Floors
  • Size Avg. Price # Sold
  • 3 BEDS $7,550,000 1
  • 4 BEDS $8,600,000 1
  • Avg. Price based on 2 closings during past 12 months Last updated Jun 25, 2018
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$2,098 Avg. Price / Ft2

Overview

86

120 East End Avenue has received a CityRealty Rating of 86, 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

27
Out of 44
+
28
Out of 36
+
21
Out of 39
+
10
=
86
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:
Exists 1 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:
More than 50 blocks 0 out of 5 points
Views:
Impressive 3 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:
More than 5 Short Blocks 0 out of 2 points
Firedepartment Noise:
No Noise 2 out of 2 points
Distance To Supermarket:
Less than 3 Short Blocks 2 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:
Stunning 5 out of 5 points
Units Per Floor:
3-4 3 out of 5 points
Ceiling:
9-11 Feet 2 out of 4 points
Balconies:
Some 1 out of 3 points
Health Club:
Yes 1 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:
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:
Many 2 out of 2 points
  • #43 Rated co-op - Upper East Side
How was this building rated?

This huge limestone palazzo apartment building was erected by Vincent Astor, who for many years occupied its top floor.

It was the third and most luxurious of three large apartment houses developed by Astor in the area. The others are 520 and 530 East 86th Street.

Designed by Charles A. Platt in an understated International Style and overlooking Carl Schurz Park, the 17-story building has large apartments, three to most floors, and five duplex apartments.

Since its completion in 1931, it has been one of the premier residential buildings around Gracie Park.

Platt also designed 530 East 86th Street, 15-story Georgian-style structure, for Astor.

Platt's design was "a preeminent example of his restrained, even dry approach," according to Robert A. M. Stern, Gregory Gilmartin and Thomas Mellins in their book, "New York 1930, Architecture and Urbanism Between The Two World Wars," (Rizzoli, 1988).

They noted that the building "troubled" famed architecture critic Lewis Mumford who found it "chaste," adding that "The taste is excellent; the architectural conception, deficient...The virtues of 120 East End Avenue are perhaps real, but they are negative; its vices are positive....it disregards the standards that are now accepted as minimal for the lower income groups....Obviously, the sound doctrine that every house must provide, part of its original cost and equipment, the open spaces needed for amenity and decency has a long way to go, particularly in upper-class housing....Mr. Vincent Astor's standards would not do for the Amalgamated Clothing workers.

"In pre-air-conditioned days, of course, such concern for 'light and air' were not entirely with a rationale, but few today would worry about having a very large apartment with park and water views.

The entrance to 120 East End Avenue is on the sidestreet, but a large maisonette unit in the building has its own entrance on the avenue.The façade is without decoration but fine thin courses, or projecting horizontal elements, add strong accents. The façade is also delicately enlivened by balustrades at the 16th and 17th floors and by a fenestration pattern for the lower 13 floors that has broad windows at the 83rd Street corner and narrow windows in the central portions.

The top four floors have a different pattern of mostly broad windows and the narrower avenue frontage is the more attractive because it is symmetrical and not as bland as the sidestreet frontage.

The building also has small corner setbacks.

This building has immensity and is an imposing, modern, white castle.

Although the neighborhood is relatively inconvenient for public transportation, its devotees swear by the pleasant park and the celebrated nearby schools such as Brearley and Chapin.

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120 East End Avenue Carter Horsley's Building Review
"This huge limestone palazzo apartment building was erected by Vincent Astor, who for many years occupied its top floor." Read Carter's Full Review

The pros & cons

Pros
  • Very large apartments
  • Park and water views from many apartments
  • Concierge
Cons
  • No sundeck
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120 East End Avenue - 10 year Sales History

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120 East End Avenue 12 Month Sales Summary

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$8,075,000
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In the Neighborhood: What’s Available & Sales Stats

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  • 284 Available for Sale
  • $1,091 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $1,449,356 Avg. Price
  • $895,000 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive 10 Gracie Square Apt PHN | $12,750,000
    Price / ft2 $2,629
  2. Least Expensive 509 East 88th Street Apt 5B | $310,000
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  • 425 Total Sales
  • $986 Avg. Price / Ft2
  • $1,032,986 Avg. Price
  • $730,000 Median Price
  1. Most Expensive 10 Gracie Square Apt PHN | $11,100,000
    Price / ft2 $2,289
  2. Least Expensive 313 East 89th Street Apt 4G | $285,000

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