Nothing determines what an apartment looks like more than the year it was built — but isn’t age just a number? Following WW II, New York City underwent a building boom in order to accommodate 7.8 million residents. This led to the rise of post-war apartments, or apartments constructed between 1945 and 1990. Built between the eras of prewar charm and modern new construction, post-wars can sometimes feel like the middle child in this family of historical categories. But those willing to take a closer look may find flexible floorplans, amenities, and mostly importantly, better deals. According to The New York Times, homes built in the 1950s sold for a median $737,500 from July 2016 to June 2017, the lowest of any decade. This week’s curated list by Brown Harris Stevens rounds up the top post-war homes available today.
Open Concept Loft Living at Popular and well maintained Gregory Commons overlooking Manhattan with views in a large picture window of downtown and the river - yet in a quiet Weehawken neighborhood. This home is updated with double height ceilings, new windows, large second bedroom, which can easily be used as an office, second bedroom or nursery. 1,136 sq. ft. with hardwood floors, stainless appliances, newer kitchen, granite countertops, hand designed barn and closet doors, and main bedroom with an extra platform. Two large closets, and all the bells and whistles in a 24-hour concierge building with deeded parking.
Upper East Side
An incredible rarity in a one bedroom condo: both a fireplace and a 1100sf+ terrace with skyline and river views. The full-service, luxury building has a state-of-the-art fitness center, lounge, cinema room, sauna, children's playroom, spectacular roof deck, parking garage with units for sale, and bike/storage room. The 24/7 doorman and concierge services are just some of the great attributes of this prime upper east side's high rise. Asking $695,000
Located in an Emory Roth-designed mid-century landmark building with treetop views overlook the historic Washington Mews, a gated block of two-story carriage houses right by Washington Square Park. The home itself is an oversized one-bedroom, two-bathroom with hardwood floors, an in-unit washer/dryer, a versatile home office that could convert into a walk-in closet, central A/C, an elegant entrance hallway, an expanded kitchen, and superb closet space.
185 18th Street, PH1102 Greenwood, Brooklyn
A three-bed, two-bath duplex penthouse featuring 10'9" ceilings, a private roof deck terrace, oversized windows and unobstructed views of New York Harbor, Statue of Liberty and downtown Manhattan. The new construction building, designed by Peter Forino, features elements like lacquer and walnut kitchen cabinetry, white oak flooring, distinctive stones and blackened metal hardware. Custom china cabinets with fluted glass doors and Super Gray Quartzite spice shelves provide storage or display. Expansive eight-foot windows and the 10'9" ceiling heights allow gentle light to fill the home.
641 Fifth Avenue, 48A Midtown East
Situated on the 48th of 51 floors, this two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom corner apartment offers floor to ceiling windows with breathtaking unobstructed views North and West of Fifth Avenue, Central Park and the iconic skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan. The Olympic Tower building was developed to the highest standards by Aristotle Onassis and designed by the world-renowned architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
This modern three-bedroom, two-limestone bath condo comes with an additional home office, high ceilings, maple hardwood floors, and washer/dryer. Oversized picture windows overlook the large south-facing terrace with partial river views and the building's landscaped gardens. Just steps from both the Hudson River Park and The Highline in the Meatpacking District,
1 York Street, 10B Tribeca
Enjoy spectacular North/East views of landmarked SoHo from all rooms. 10B is one of three lofts located on the 10th floor with a versatile floor plan, configured for privacy as a split two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, with a large terrace off the main living. The home includes a private parking space in the building.
A 1,055-square-foot wraparound terrace spans the length of the seventh-floor penthouse apartment, providing the perfect setting for sunlit afternoon cocktails with a view that includes the iconic 1WTC, MetLife Building, Police Building, and streets of Little Italy. 123 Baxter Street, built in 2007 and designed by Adam Kushner of Kushner Studios Architecture + Design, is a streamlined, premier downtown full-service condominium with 24-hour doormen, a fitness center, roof deck, and an on-site parking garage.
Upper West Side
Spacious, airy and lofty, this home is currently set up as a three-bedroom, three-bathroom home, originally built as a four-bedroom, four-bathroom home and can be easily converted back while maintaining copious living space. Spread out over nearly 2,400 square feet inside, the interiors have been completely customized to feature an open plan entertaining area and three generously proportioned bedrooms.
This corner residence boasts 2,539 SF interior/ 700 SF exterior space. Great natural light in the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom penthouse from three exposures by 22 oversized, motorized windows with Empire State Building and the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges in view. There is also an option to purchase the apartment just below to create a duplex penthouse totaling 5,176 SF. Architect plans that illustrate various combination are available by request.