Condo pick of the week

A two bedroom on the UWS, with classic prewar details, for $1,395,000

Anything but cookie-cutter, the apartment has a long corridor from the entrance to a sizable foyer with closet space. 

Brown Harris Stevens

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Prewar condos are rare in NYC, so this two-bedroom apartment, 817 West End Ave., #4D, in a building completed in 1907 is a find on the Upper West Side. The turn of the century building was converted to condos in 2007 and the apartment retains some classic details like high ceilings, wood molding, detailed paneling, and hardwood floors.

It is asking $1,395,000, and the seller cut the asking price by $69,000 about six months ago, so it is well below the current median sales price of $1,795,000 for similar-sized units in the neighborhood, according to StreetEasy.

Another unique aspect of this condo is a J-51 tax abatement, which gives you some savings. Monthly taxes are $664 and the abatement expires in 2025. The building's amenities include a resident manager, a doorman from 8 a.m. to midnight, storage, and a bike room. Monthly common charges are $1,197. 

The living room is a showcase for the apartment's prewar details. The double window faces north, which isn't the best orientation for natural light but it does fill the end wall of the living area.

The kitchen isn't high end and you'd expect to see the cabinetry to turn the corner by the window to maximize storage, but the room is fairly spacious. The hardwood floor is in good shape and there's a good-sized pantry next to the stove. 

The larger of the two bedrooms gets light from three windows on two walls. 

The second bedroom is off the kitchen and is oriented to the south and west which are some of the best angles for natural light. 

In terms of transit, subway stations for the 1, 2, and 3 trains are a five-minute walk away. No major residential construction is planned nearby but, be warned, the area does get plenty of noise complaints according to data from Localize