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Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan

Price: $15 million

This listing features two separate across-the-hall apartments on the second floor of the buzzy Apthorp building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Separately, the larger five-bedroom unit is priced at $12.5 million, and the smaller two-bedroom apartment has a $2.5 million price tag.

The larger 6,110-square-foot condominium is the largest renovated apartment ever offered for sale at the Apthorp, listing agent Felise G. Gross said.

It was renovated “at the very, very highest level,” for the owners’ personal use, by Elias Associates, she said. Millions of dollars were spent on new high-end millwork throughout the apartment.

The owners spent “several hundred thousand dollars” on a smart-home Creston system that controls the lights, shades, cameras, music and temperature and more than $1 million on kitchen renovations.

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“The amount of infrastructure and the amount of work done here is unprecedented,” Ms. Gross said. “It’s being sold far below the cost of what they put into it.”

The Apthorp, a grand Italian Renaissance Revival apartment complex that was built in 1908 by William Astor, covers an entire city block on the Upper West Side. There are four elaborately detailed and symmetrical facades topped by a small crown of copper. 

The limestone-clad building is entered through one of two gated three-story barrel-vaulted tunnels, one on Broadway and the other on West End Avenue, that lead to a central courtyard where residents can discreetly disembark from the rear seats of town cars and Ubers.

Everything in the renovated five-bedroom apartment is new, Ms. Gross said, except for the classic Apthorp marble and stone mosaic floors in the formal foyer.

From the foyer, there are entrances leading to the library, the parlor, a powder room and the master suite. The palatial library, which faces the interior courtyard, is now fitted with custom carved millwork in mahogany and elm burl. The fireplace mantel in the room is carved Pietra Serena limestone with marble inset. 

The master suite has a Chesney carved marble mantel along with a sitting room, and two marble bathrooms with adjoining dressing areas.

The great room, which is more than 33 feet long, features a coved ceiling, mahogany paneling and a wall of custom cabinetry with faux shagreen accents.

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Well-known cabinet-maker Christopher Peacock created the gloss black-and-honey-oak cabinetry of the large new kitchen. The floor is a custom mosaic in mixed marbles and honey onyx, with slabs of quartzite and quartz counters. The appliances are by Sub-Zero, Viking, Miele, Wolf and Jenn Air.

The ceiling heights in the apartment are “close to 11 feet,” Ms. Gross said. “It gives you a wonderful feeling of space.”

New architectural features include mahogany doors in the style of the original Apthorp ones, oversized windows and oak plank floors with decorative mahogany inlay throughout the apartment.

The three-year renovation was completed nearly two years ago, Ms. Gross said. 

In the midst of the renovation, the two-bedroom unit across the hall came up for sale and the owners bought it, intending to combine the two units into a full-floor condo. They also bought the hallway that separates the units to allow for a combination.

Combining the apartments would require building and city approvals.

Since the renovation, Ms. Gross said that she has rented the full floor (both units) for $65,000 a month.

The smaller apartment has a new kitchen but otherwise has not been renovated.

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The 6,110-square-foot condominium has five bedrooms, six full bathrooms and two partial bathrooms. The other apartment, a 1,454-square-foot unit across the hall, has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Including the hallway separating the two units, there is a total of 8,000 square feet of interior space.


Amenities include three fireplaces, high-end central air conditioning and water filtration systems, Crestron smart-home technology, extensive new millwork, and a laundry room with two Miele washers and two Miele dryers, storage and a sink. 

Building amenities include a central courtyard with fountains and formal landscaping, 24-hour gate attendants, a 6,500-square-foot fitness center with a sauna, a children’s playroom, a party room and bicycle storage.

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Celebrity Cachet

Celebrities who have called the Apthorp home over the years include Rosie O’Donnell, Conan O’Brien, the journalist Steve Kroft, Robert DeNiro, the writer Nora Ephron and colorful 1980s pop icon Cyndi Lauper, according to published reports. 

Neighborhood Notes

“The building is perfectly located in terms of what the Upper West Side has to offer,” Ms. Gross said. 

For gourmet food shopping, Fairway, Citarella Gourmet Market and Zabar’s are nearby.

The Apthorp is also close to Riverside Park and Central Park as well as the American Museum of Natural History and the New-York Historical Society.

Agent: Felise G. Gross, Brown Harris Stevens

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