The Market

The Open House Scorecard, starring the Upper West Side

By Sara Alessi  | May 21, 2012 - 12:04PM

Does the neighborhood-y Upper West Side tickle your fancy? Then grab a pen and take notes on this Open House Scorecard--the 10 open-houses saved most often by StreetEasy users this past weekend. 

If penthouses come to you in your real estate dreams, consider a $1.285m two-bedroom co-op in The Opera building on Broadway between West 76th and 77th Streets. The corner unit has a wraparound terrace with great potential, judging from the photos on the brokerage website for the listing. But the listing notes the apartment’s in its “original condition,” (a.k.a. it hasn’t been renovated). You'll also have to share a washer/dryer with other nabes on your floor, and the monthly $3,087 maintenance seems a bit steep.

Ten blocks up and half a block from Central Pakr, a loft-like, renovated two-bedroom condo is on the market for $1.75m on West 86th between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. No photos yet, but the listing says the third-floor abode is 'perfectly renovated,' with 11-foot ceilings; SubZero, Wolf and Miele kitchen appliances; custom French doors and wireless throughout. There are just two apartments per floor and low monthly charges ($880), which may be attributed to the part-time doorman (8-midnight).

Meanwhile, down on West 72nd (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues), a one-bedroom co-op in a prewar, elevator building with a full-time doorman features a newly renovated kitchen with granite countertops and stainless appliances. Going for $575k, the apartment has western exposure with direct sunlight. A shared rooftop terrace, superb transportation proximity (half a block from the 1/2/3 trains and 1 1/2 blocks from B/C), and a stone's throw from the Trader Joe's/Fairway/Citarella trifecta may overcome the fact that you can’t have an in-unit washer/dryer--and that this commercial stretch of West 72nd lacks the charm of much of the Upper West Side.

Whether you’re looking to live on the UWS, in Brooklyn or somewhere in between, surf through the rest of the Scorecard below, and don’t forget to check out BrickUnderground’s free Agent Referral Serviceto be matched with a real estate expert.

  1. 172 E 4th Street—1-bed co-op, $579k
  2. 16 West 16th Street—1-bed co-op, $625k
  3. 240 8th Street—2-bed co-op, $799k
  4. 108 Fifth Avenue—2-bed condo, $1.725m
  5. 30 West 86th Street—2-bed condo, $1.75m
  6. 39 Gramercy Park North—1-bed co-op, $515k
  7. 481 Washington Street—3-bed condo, $2.995m
  8. 121 West 72nd Street—1-bed co-op, $575k
  9. 210 East 17th Street—1-bed co-op, $495k
  10. 2166 Broadway—2-bed co-op, $1.285m

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