Co-op pick of the week

A Lenox Hill prewar built for artists with nine-foot casement windows, for $975,000

By Mimi O'Connor | September 23, 2019 - 12:00PM 

The one-bedroom apartment is distinct and well-priced, but the $2,734 monthly maintenance is not cheap.

Douglas Elliman

If you're not the minimalist, modern condo type, and you adore lots of light and high ceilings and want a full-service building, 170 East 78th St., #2F, might be for you. The one bedroom, one and a half bath is located in a prewar co-op on the Upper East Side in Lenox Hill and listed for $975,000, curiously, $20,000 less than it sold for in 2013. 

The building, known as The Morgan Studios, was built in 1927 as artist studios, and converted to a co-op in 1989. Amenities include a full-time doorman, live-in resident manager, and a porter. Residents do pay a lot for all that service: Maintenance is a hefty $2,734. 

The show-stopper of the apartment is the oversized living room/dining room, with a double-height, beamed ceiling and two sets of nine-foot casement windows with southern exposure. 

The space also has a wood-burning fireplace and a custom mantel. 

The windowed kitchen was recently renovated, and has stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. 

The full bath is done in a maximalist style, with differing tile choices in varying patterns. 

The bedroom currently has a twin daybed, but could accommodate a larger bed. 

Additional amenities include a washer/dryer in the apartment, a pet-friendly policy, and private storage for a small fee. Pieds-à-terre are permitted, as is 50 percent financing. 

The co-op is one block from the 77th Street stop (at Lexington Avenue) on the 6 line, and seven blocks from the M, Q, and R trains at 72nd and Second Avenue. Central Park is a short stroll, Lenox Hill Hospital is nearby, as is the Met Breuer. 


Mimi O'Connor

Contributing Writer

Mimi O’Connor has written about New York City real estate for publications that include Brick Underground, Refinery29, and Thrillist. She is the recipient of two awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors for interior design and service journalism. Her writing on New York City, parenting, events, and culture has also appeared in Parents, Red Tricycle, BizBash, and Time Out New York.

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