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    Anyone know why they didn't dig for a garage? A desired amenity for such a price range.
    see post #30

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    Well, 9 were as of right. I understand there are zero.

    Cost to build for 9 spots that more economically inefficient than 20 -- which seemed low to me anyway?

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    I like the spikey top. Maybe if they leave that up there this one won't take itself so seriously and lose a bit of its self-importance.

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    Lucien Lagrange is very impressive, as is this tower. I hated the bland boxes that were on this corner my entire life. These fit in with the neighborhood.

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    Luckily this building wasn't value-engineered into mediocrity like Lagrange's Elysian. But too bad only high-luxury buildings seem to get this treatment. The curved corner and the setback really improves the block immensely. Unlike Stern's work, the pre-war details might be a little off but this is a solid looking building.

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    Closings Begin, Megapenthouse Unleashed at 535 West End Avenue

    March 2, 2010, by Joey



    The new luxury condo building at 535 West End Avenue, which mimics fellow Upper West Side blockbuster 15 Central Park West in both "modern pre-war" styling and monocle cracking prices, is finally ready to settle up. Back when the Extell-developed building was a Development Du Jour, half-floor and full-floor units (with kosher kitchens!) in the Lucien Lagrange Architects-designed building were priced from $8.75 million to $21 million.

    Now the first deal has closed, a 3,744-square-foot, 5BR, 4.5BA chunk of the ninth floor. The asking price was $9.5 million, but it ended up selling for $7,113,600, a 25% drop. The buyer (cloaked behind an international law firm) still ended up paying a healthy $1,900/sf, but 535 WEA's ambitions were much higher. Still, let's not dwell on puny #7B, because the building's penthouse makes it look like amateur hour.

    Last week a Curbed tipster pointed out that no listing has yet surfaced for the top two floors at 535 West End Avenue, causing him to speculate on the size and overall epicness of the mysterious duplex. But it wasn't much of a mystery, because as a commenter pointed out, the penthouse's stats and layout are spelled out in the thick condo declaration filed with the city. Brace yourself.

    On that paperwork, the penthouse is listed at 12BRs, 12.5BAs and 13,779 square feet, with a private roof deck adding another 2,339 square feet of outdoor space. The floorplan uses some of those earmarked bedrooms for other purposes, but the point has been made. What follows is the complete floorplan porn, but our humble little weblog can only support images so big. To zoom in on the nitty-gritty details, download the penthouse floorplan PDF. Behold.


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    Lower floor highlights: Two staff rooms; fitness room; a master suite that includes a fireplace in the bedroom, a gigantic tub in the bathroom and a his-and-her closer bigger than some studio apartments.


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    Upper floor highlights: Living room and library off the gallery; formal dining room and a separate breakfast room; media room; two kitchens to satisfy your kosher diet, or just to have a spare beer fridge.



    Roof terrace highlights
    : Total building supremacy; the soothing hum of building mechanicals; what looks like some sort of grilling station.

    So when will the penthouse hit the market? How much will it cost? Will Extell divide it up? We have no idea! A building rep declined to comment. But whatever ends up happening, it appears that offering 25% off isn't out of the question.

    UPDATE: A tipster plugged into all the "west side synagogue chatter" passes along the rumor that the duplex "has been sold for some time to an orthodox hedgie. There has also been lots of talk about several buyers being cross pollinated from the Belnord (where they were market renters)."

    535 West End Avenue [Official Site]
    535 West End Avenue coverage [Curbed]

    http://curbed.com/archives/2010/03/0...venue.php#more

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    I like the spikey top. Maybe if they leave that up there this one won't take itself so seriously and lose a bit of its self-importance.
    Don't like the top one bit --spikey or not. It seems to ruin the flow of West End Avenue, which is one of New York's most harmonious passages --if not actually number one in this category. This excrescence is not a demure Parisian turret to mark an intersection with a little sotto voce drama.

    Loud in a place that suggests quiet decorum. The architect himself knew this; look at the context-respectful treatment of the rest of his building. No, the developer is the architect of this excrescence --and the name of the style is 'Profit.'

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    I'm in complete agreement with you on this one.

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    That extra 'piece' on top did ruin an otherwise nice attempt to be respectful.

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    Neighbors Have Bone to Pick With 535 West End Ave: Ugliness

    July 23, 2010, by Sara







    The scaffolding is off at 86th Street brain-breaker 535 West End Avenue—and so are the gloves! Neighbors tell DNAinfo they're not fans of that driveway or parking garage door. The driveway because it's two feet too long and the garage door because it's too ugly. "Clearly the owner of the building kind of missed the entire point of the Upper West Side," said one neighbor. Clearly. The Department of Buildings will be checking the driveway width, but there's no DOB standard for ugliness. So we turn to the Curbediverse for opinions: is it ugly?

    Garage Door Too Ugly for Upper West Side Block, Residents Say [DNAinfo]
    535 West End Avenue coverage [Curbed]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/0...e_ugliness.php

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    Individual components of the base are nice, but put together it's quite the disjointed hodge-podge at street level.

    Yo! Put some trees in along W 86th -- Pronto!

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    The Real Deal

    James Gardner: A mythic Upper West Side
    The elegant 535 West End is a creature of the avenue
    September 01, 2010 07:00AM By James Gardner

    http://therealdeal.com/newyork/artic...pper-west-side


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    He should have changed the brick color above the cornice.

    Or a bigger setback.

    Or both.

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    I think that the new building is beautiful. It's not perfect, but this is not London, and therefore, perfection is not expected. Indeed, by NY's low standards, this building is magnificent.

    Furthermore, the eyesore that it replaced was a cancerous blight on WEA and on 86th Street.


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