Harry Mackowe has run into more than a few annoyances during the condo conversion of 737 Park Avenue, but that hasn't slowed the project down. More than 30 percent of the 60 units are spoken for, and recently, we got a look inside the 15th floor model units. The homes are similar to Macklowe's conversion at 150 East 72nd Street, with large kitchens, open living/dining rooms, and spacious master suites (read: massive walk-in closets). Nine units are currently available on the official website, ranging from a fourth floor two-bedroom listed for $4.675 million to a 6,079-square-foot five-bedroom on the 12th floor asking $27 million.
Handel Architects led the restoration and conversion. Macklowe aimed to combine as many of the 102 rental units as possible to create large family-friendly homes, and they had a lot of success?the smallest unit currently available is a 1,552-square-foot two-bedroom. The model units are a 4,382-square-foot five-bedroom and a 2,915-square-foot three-bedroom, designed by Jed Johnson Associates and Poliform, respectively.
All condos have new, high performance casement windows, white solid oak floors in the living/dining rooms, and custom crown moldings, door trim, and 4-inch milled baseboards. Designed by Varenna, the kitchens have marble countertops, floors, and backsplashes, and a full suite of Miele stainless steel appliances, including a wine cooler. The glass and aluminum kitchen cabinetry has under-cabinet lighting, and there's a built-in pantry. Bathrooms have Italian marble walls and floors, custom vanities, Dornbracht polished chrome fixtures, and wall-mounted Toto toilets.
Most bedrooms have en suite bathrooms, and the larger homes have master suites with his-and-her bathrooms and walk-in closets bigger than your bedroom. In one of the model units, the master bath is (hilariously) set-up with "dueling toilets" that face a double shower. We were told the glass doors and walls would be frosted for privacy, but they were not when we visited.
Similarly to 150 East 72nd Street, about 90 percent of the original tenants were relocated. Building amenities include white glove service with a 24-hour doorman, elevator operators, and resident manager, plus a fitness center, children's play room, private storage, bike and stroller storage, and an outdoor garden terrace located off of the garden room.
· 737 Park Avenue [official]
· 737 Park Avenue coverage [Curbed]