Neighborhood Guide – Upper East Side Apartments

Once known as the ‘Silk Stocking District’, the Upper East Side still retains its position as the most affluent area of New York City.  No matter where you go, mention this neighborhood and it usually arouses images of luxury and extravagance.  It’s convenience to Central Park, multi-cultural museums & every high-end designer in a stones throw makes this area very desirable.

Museum Mile is the name for a section of Fifth Avenue running from 82nd to 104th streets in a neighborhood known as Carnegie Hill. The “mile” contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world.  Ten museums occupy the length of this section of Fifth Avenue, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Frick Collection, The Jewish museum, Goethe-Institut, Neue Galerie New York, Guggenheim, National Academy Museum, Museum for African Art, El Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

An eleventh museum, the Museum for African Art, joined the ensemble in 2009 at 110th Street, the first new museum constructed on the Mile since the Guggenheim in 1959. In addition to other programming, the museums collaborate for the annual Museum Mile Festival, held each year in June, to promote the museums and increase visitation.

In the shopping mood?  You will not become bored with the array of shops in this stunning neighborhood.  Baccarat, Barney’s New York, La Perla, Versace, D&G, Prada, Moschino, Armani, Fred Leighton, Valentino & YSL are just a few names that call the Upper East Side home.

Nestled between these shops are great cafes and restaurants for the taking.  A favorite for mother’s and the children is Alice’s Tea Cup-a whimsical tea room with a health conscious menu and very kid-friendly.  The perfect location for a party or a family to take some time out of their busy day and relax in a comforting setting.  Other notable eateries include Fig & Olive, The Mark Restaurant by Jean Georges, Café d’Alsace, Beyoglu, Fishtail by David Burke, Parlor Steakhouse and Nica Trattoria.

Perfect for any age or family size, Central Park runs along the Upper East Side, giving residents things to do all year round!  Whether it’s ice-skating in the winter, checking out the Summer Concert Series in the summer, or taking a run in the morning, there is always something to do to keep you busy.  A favorite of locals is to be able to see the changing colors in the early Fall & the blooming of flowers in the Spring-the perfect scenery in your ‘backyard’.

If you are looking to move into this luxurious neighborhood, some developments that you should have in your radar include 1510 Lexington Avenue, The Camargue, The CroyonThe Blake and 420 East 80th Street.  For a full list of apartment buildings to help your search, visit our Upper East Side Apartments section!

The Camargue – 303 East 83rd Street

The Camargue is a luxury apartment rental building located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The building offers a bevy of modern amenities, as well as oversized one and two bedroom apartments. Homes at The Camargue feature wood flooring, spacious closets, energy-efficient windows, granite countertops and state of the art kitchens and private terraces. The building offers on-site fitness center, 24-hour concierge and doorman, on-site laundry and more. As the units are quite large, The Camargue is a popular place for young families who want to put up convertible walls.

Units and Pricing

There are currently no available units at The Camargue, which is a testament to the popularity of the building. Previous rentals ranged in price from $2,268/month for a one bedroom, one bath unit with 617 square feet to $5,545/month for a two bedroom, two bath with 1,038 square feet. The average price per square foot at The Camargue is $54.

Features and Amenities

Apartments at The Camargue feature parquet and plank wood flooring, spacious closets and pantries, energy-efficient windows with noise reduction technology, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops in the kitchen and bath, custom maple and/or mahogany cabinets, ceramic tile floors, linen closets and private apartment terraces. Amenities include a 24-hour fitness center with cardio theater equipment, resistance machines and free weights, a controlled-access lobby, a laundry room, pet-friendly apartments, 24-hour concierge and more.

Location

This neighborhood at the south end of the Carnegie Hill District became very attractive in the late 1980’s and the 1990s with the opening of many boutiques and several restaurants and the upgrading of a nearby supermarket. There is excellent neighborhood shopping and many excellent schools and religious institutions nearby as well as many of the city’s most important cultural institutions. The Camargue is within walking distance of Carl Schurz Park and John Jay Park and Pool, as well as Museum Mile.

Why You Would Want to Live Here

The Camargue offers spacious, updated residences that are perfect for roommates and young families who are looking for apartments with numerous bedrooms but who can’t necessarily afford the oversized apartments. Units at The Camargue are oversized, and the building allows convertible walls, so it’s easy to take a large one bedroom unit and transform it into a two bedroom, or take a two and make it a three.

The Croyon – 12 East 86th Street

The Croydon is a luxury apartment rental building located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. A former hotel, The Croydon was built in 1920 and surrounds about half the block of 86th Street, bound by Madison and Fifth Avenues. It sits 15 stories high and offers a doorman and a garage but no sidewalk landscaping. The Croydon was designed by Schwartz & Gross and was erected in 1923. There are 343 apartments in the building, all of which enjoy the Dean & Deluca on Madison and 85th. No two apartments in The Croydon are alike, but all boast the same pre-war charm. The building was converted from a hotel to apartments in 1976.

Units and Pricing

There are currently six available units at The Croydon, all one bedrooms ranging in price from $3,300/month to $5,835/month. The average price per square foot at The Croydon is $87.

Features and Amenities

No two units The Croydon are alike, but all possess the pre-war charm typical of a 1920s building. Amenities at The Croydon include a fitness center, doorman, garage, laundry, bicycle room and valet service.

Location

This neighborhood at the south end of the Carnegie Hill District became very attractive in the late 1980′s and the 1990s with the opening of many boutiques and several restaurants and the upgrading of a nearby supermarket. There is excellent neighborhood shopping and many excellent schools and religious institutions nearby as well as many of the city’s most important cultural institutions. There is excellent west-bound cross-town bus service on the street, and the east-bound service has a stop across the avenue. An express subway station is at Lexington Avenue.

Why You Would Want to Live Here

The Croydon offers a chance to live in a historical building in one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in the city. The units might not necessarily be perfectly modern, but the charm is there, and the building tells a story. The common areas have been beautifully restored and updated. It’s a true white glove building, one that’s reminiscent of old New York. If glitz is your thing, you might not like The Croyon, but if it’s old world glamour you’re looking for, this is the building for you.

The Clermont – 444 East 82nd Street

The Clermont is a luxury rental apartment building located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The building has 408 apartments in 34 stories. Clermont Tower is a white brick building with a canopied entrance, and boasts a concierge, a 24-hour doorman, a garage, balconies and landscaping. Apartments are spacious, sunlit and well updated, featuring custom kitchens and baths. They range in size from studios to three bedrooms.

Units and Pricing

There are currently no available apartments at The Clermont, which is a testament to the building’s popularity. Previous rentals ranged in price from $2,100/month for a studio to $6,200/month for a three bedroom, three bath unit.

Features and Amenities

All apartments at Clermont Tower offer roomy, light-drenched floor plans, with custom modern kitchens and baths and oak hardwood floors throughout. Select residences offer private balconies, while the rooftop deck offers a quiet respite from the city below. Oversized windows provide excellent views, with the panoramic city and river views from the upper floor. All of the apartments for rent at The Clermont are pet-friendly.

The building features a full time doorman, a concierge and sidewalk landscaping.

Location

There is good cross-town bus service on 86th and 79th Streets, but subway stations are not nearby. There is a southbound entrance to the FDR Drive at 79th Street and Carl Schurz Park and some excellent private schools are nearby. The Upper East Side is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Manhattan, thanks to its quiet, tree-lined streets and gorgeous architecture. Once a haven for the wealthy and upper class folks, it’s become a place that also suits the upwardly mobile. The neighborhood has drawn bars, eateries and shopping destinations onto its streets, so you’ll never lack for something to do.

Why You Would Want to Live Here

The Clermont might not offer great amenities, but the apartments are spacious and sunlit, and offer custom kitchens and baths. The location is a bit far from the subway, but it’s very close to Carl Schurz Park, as well as great crosstown bus service.

Rivers Bend – 501 East 87th Street

Rivers Bend is a luxury apartment rental building located on York Avenue on the Upper East Side. It was built in 1968 and is a white-brick building with 22 stories. Each story offers eleven apartments; most of which offer wood-burning fireplaces. The building’s facade is modulated with dark spandrels, several columns of balconies and numerous terraces. Rivers Bend boast a glass-enclosed rooftop pool and gym, a garage, 24-hour doorman and more.

Units and Pricing

There are just two units available at Rivers Bend, a testament to the popularity of the building. Both are one bedrooms with 750 square feet; one is listed at $2,800/month while the other is listed at $3,000/month. The average price per square foot at Rivers Bend is a mere $48.

Features and Amenities

Rivers Bend has a glass-enclosed, rooftop pool and gym, a garage, a 24-hour doorman, sidewalk landscaping and an attractive lobby. The building is pet-friendly and has central air-conditioning. Many apartments have fireplaces and almost all have private balconies.

Location

Rivers Bend is located just a short walk from Carl Schurz Park and several excellent private schools. The Upper East Side is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Manhattan, thanks to its quiet, tree-lined streets and gorgeous architecture. Once a haven for the wealthy and upper class folks, it’s become a place that also suits the upwardly mobile. The neighborhood has drawn bars, eateries and shopping destinations onto its streets, so you’ll never lack for something to do.

Rivers Bend

Rivers Bend offers spacious apartments, great amenities and an amazing location, all for the low price of just $48/square foot. It’s a great building for families given its proximity to various parks and great schools, and the promise of a balcony and wood-burning fireplace helps to persuade.

215 East 68th Street

215 East 68th Street is a luxury high rise apartment rental building located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Designed by legendary architect Emery Roth, the enormous white brick building offers 32 stories and a staggering 68 apartments. 215 East 68th Street offers extensive landscaping with many trees and a large, windowed lobby, as well as a 24-hour doorman. It’s located just east of the Trump Palace on Third Avenue in the Lenox Hill neighborhood. Apartments range in size from one to five bedrooms.

Units and Pricing

There are six apartments available at 215 East 68th Street, ranging in size from one to five bedrooms. The one bedroom apartment is listed at $4,800/month and offers 1,218 square feet. A three bedroom unit is listed at $11,250/month and boasts 2,300 square feet. There is also a four bedroom unit listed for the same amount – this unit offers the same amount of square footage. A five bedroom unit is listed at $19,500/month; this unit offers 3,000 square feet.

Features and Amenities

No two apartments at 215 East 68th Street are alike, but all feature discrete air conditioning units, hardwood floors, large windows and spacious layouts. The building has a doorman.

Location

The Upper East Side is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Manhattan, thanks to its quiet, tree-lined streets and gorgeous architecture. Once a haven for the wealthy and upper class folks, it’s become a place that also suits the upwardly mobile. The neighborhood has drawn bars, eateries and shopping destinations onto its streets, so you’ll never lack for something to do.

Why You Would Want to Live Here

The residences at 215 East 68th Street aren’t just apartments – they’re homes. These oversized units, many of which are rent stabilized, have played host to many a New York politician, and the building has served them well. The Upper East Side location and the amenities of Lenox Hill are practically unbeatable.

1160 Fifth Avenue

1160 Fifth Avenue is a luxury rental apartment building located on the Upper East Side. It’s a pre-war, neo-Georgian style property that sits just six stories tall in a neighborhood while buildings reach much higher. It has a canopied entrance and faces Central Park. 1160 Fifth has a two-story, rusticated limestone base, and limestone piasters run from the third through the fifth floors of the red brick building. The building is also known as 1 East 97th Street and was once home to Charles Mingus, the great jazz bassist.

Units and Pricing

There is currently just one available unit in the building, a two bedroom, 1,200 square foot unit listed at $5,350/month. The average price per square foot in the popular 1160 Fifth Avenue is just $53, a steal given the Carnegie Hill neighborhood.

Features and Amenities

While no two units at 1160 Fifth Avenue are alike, all have been updated and modernized to appeal to the luxurious sentiments of today’s New Yorker. The building offers “white glove” hotel style service, and boasts a 24-hour doorman ready to serve your every need.

Location

1160 Fifth Avenue is located directly across from Central Park, close to Mt. Sinai Hospital and the museums and private schools in the neighborhood (which are some of the most prestigious schools in the city). There is great bus service near the building; the crosstown bus stops right out front.

Why You Would Want to Live Here

1160 Fifth Avenue is one of those buildings that tells a story – a story of old New York, back when the buildings were smaller, the residents were fewer, the apartments were grander, larger. These days, new builds are all modern, but they don’t have an ounce of history, nor a smidgen of pre-war charm. 1160 Fifth Avenue offers charm in droves – and for just $52/square foot, it’s actually quite affordable.

Post Toscana – 389 East 89th Street

Post Toscana is a 31-story rental apartment building located on the Upper East Side. Designed by Ismael Levy, it offers 199 units. Post Toscana was built in 2002 and offers a rooftop deck, a fitness center, a resident’s club with terrace, a bicycle room and residents’ storage. Apartments at Post Toscana boast floor-to-ceiling windows, renovated kitchens with granite and stainless steel, marble baths and more.

Units and Pricing

There are currently just three available units at Post Toscana, ranging in price from $3,450/month for a studio to $4,800/month for a two bedroom apartment with 1,100 square feet. The average price per square foot is $52.

Features and Amenities

Apartments at Post Toscana are spacious and sunlit thanks to dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows. They offer sleek, updated kitchens with green granite countertops, apple wood cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Baths are done in imported marble with banjo-style vanities and polished chrome fixtures. All apartments offer individually controlled heating and air conditioning as well as washer/dryer units.  The building boasts a gorgeous marble lobby, a rooftop landscaped terrace, a fitness center, a 24-hour doorman and an elegant resident’s club and library.

Location

Post Toscana is located on East 89th Street in the Yorkville section of the Upper East Side. The Upper East Side is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Manhattan, thanks to its quiet, tree-lined streets and gorgeous architecture. Once a haven for the wealthy and upper class folks, it’s become a place that also suits the upwardly mobile. The neighborhood has drawn bars, eateries and shopping destinations onto its streets, so you’ll never lack for something to do.

Why You Would Want to Live Here

At just $52/square foot, Post Toscana offers reasonably priced apartments in one of the most covetable neighborhoods in Manhattan. The Upper East Side is known for its prestige and charm, and while Post Toscana is new, not pre-war, you still get the feeling that you’re living somewhere special. The building isn’t overloaded with amenities, but it offers the rooftop sun deck and the gym that you’ll need, and the apartments are well-lit and graciously finished.

The Blake – 220 East 63rd Street

The Blake is a luxury apartment rental building located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It boasts 13 floors and was built in 1963. The Blake offers studios to three bedroom layouts, all of which have been recently remodeled. It features a brand-new modern, sleek elevator lobby with a full-time doorman, leather chairs, and beautiful orchids. Valet services, residents’ lounge, cardio-fitness center, and an on-site garage are also featured – all of which have the building’s signature sleek, clean lines. These clean lines carry into the units, which have been updated with gorgeous state of the art kitchens.

Units and Pricing

There are currently no available units at The Blake. Previous units ranged in price from $2,700 to $10,02/month. The average price per square foot at The Blake is $66, which is fairly normal given the Upper East Side location.

Features and Amenities

Apartments at The Blake feature brand new kitchens with high-gloss lacquered kitchen cabinetry, CaesarStone quartz countertops, energy-efficient stainless steel appliances, and espresso finished solid oak floors. The new Italian porcelain tile bathrooms come with polished mahogany vanities, an opal white granite or glass mosaic backsplash, and Kohler fixtures. The building offers a brand new, modern and sleek lobby, a fitness center, resident’s lounge, on-site garage and 24-hour doorman and concierge.

Location

The Blake is located just a short walk from the 6 train and a number of bus lines. The Upper East Side is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Manhattan, thanks to its quiet, tree-lined streets and gorgeous architecture. Once a haven for the wealthy and upper class folks, it’s become a place that also suits the upwardly mobile. The neighborhood has drawn bars, eateries and shopping destinations onto its streets, so you’ll never lack for something to do.

Why You Would Want to Live Here

Most of the apartments at The Blake back onto quiet blocks; all are recently renovated with sleek, modern finishes and top of the line appliances and fixtures. The building is located in between Second and Third Avenues on the Upper East Side, which is a location beloved for its convenience, prestige and charm. The Blake doesn’t offer a ton of amenities, but it does offer the basics: concierge, doorman, gym and resident’s lounge. Best of all, the building is only thirteen floors, so you’ll feel as though you live in a building with community, not a place where no one knows your name.

1510 Lexington Avenue

1510 Lexington Avenue is a luxury apartment rental building. It’s New York City’s first smoke free rental building. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building nor on the property. 1510 Lexington Avenue is a new construction building and it’s all environmentally-friendly, which features that help residents conserve electricity, water waste. It is aiming for LEED Silver certification; status is currently pending. Apartments at 1510 Lexington Avenue boast thermally-efficient windows, washer/dryers, state of the art kitchens, spa-like bathrooms and red oak hardwood floors. The building offers a 24-hour attended lobby, a building-wide water filtration system, 16,500 feet of landscaped green space and more.

Units and Pricing

There are no available units at 1510 Lexington Avenue. The average price per square foot in the building is $59.

Features and Amenities

Apartment amenities include: triple-pane, thermally-efficient, extra quiet windows w/ custom mini-blinds; Bosch washer/dryer in every residence; individually-controlled Energy Star® heating and air conditioning system(s) for year-round comfort in all rooms; kitchens w/ stainless steel Energy Star® KitchenAid® appliances including 36-inch French door, counter depth refrigerator with icemaker; expansive granite countertops with deep dining bar; custom European cabinetry; deep under mount stainless steel sink; and halogen track as well as under cabinet lighting; baths with imported porcelain floor-to-ceiling tile walls; water efficient, dual flush Kohler toilets; mirrored Robern medicine cabinets and extra wide Kohler Memoirs® pedestal sink; Satin finish red oak hardwood floors; oversized & walk-in closets. All residences are pre-wired for home networking and broadband Internet access. Many residences with floor-to-ceiling window walls and/or corner windows; extra high ceilings and private terraces.

Building amenities include: 24/7 concierge-attended lobby; condominium quality finishes, amenities & services; hotel-style lobby with Internet café & coffee bar; building-wide water filtration; 16,500 square feet of gardens and green roofs designed by Lee Weintraub Landscape Architecture; extended hours Fitness Center featuring TechnoGym™ equipment including 4-station Kinesis wall; package room with refrigerated storage for perishable deliveries; parking garage w/ valet parking; Children’s Playroom; Rooftop Club with panoramic exposures, indoor & outdoor fireplaces, multi-media entertainment center, billiards, event room with community table and landscaped wrap terrace w/ intimate seating areas; Laundry Room for larger-size loads; bicycle & other storage; fireproof construction – fully sprinklered building; on-site resident manager and more.

Location

The building located 1 block from Lexington Avenue Subway, 3 blocks to Central Park & The Reservoir – with all of the benefits and convenience of living on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The Upper East Side is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Manhattan, thanks to its quiet, tree-lined streets and gorgeous architecture. Once a haven for the wealthy and upper class folks, it’s become a place that also suits the upwardly mobile. The neighborhood has drawn bars, eateries and shopping destinations onto its streets, so you’ll never lack for something to do.

Why You Would Want to Live Here

1510 Lexington Avenue offers amenities and finishes that are on-par with, if not better than most of the condominium buildings in the city. The apartments are brand new, and the eco-friendly construction and building policies mean that you and your family will be living in a place with the highest standards of health. Smoke free air and recycled water = healthy children.