57th Street, dubbed Billionaires' Row, has a slew of megatowers both under construction and on the way, where a "cheap" apartment will set buyers back many millions of dollars. But for now, there are deals to be found on 57th Street, from east to west. Here now, nine apartments that hit the market in the last month priced under $1 million.
Let's start with the most ornate. Given the current market, it's positively baffling that a 2BR/1.5BA apartment in a serviced building with amenities wants just $585,000. But that's what's happening over at #8B in The Excelsior, a 374-unit cop-op on 57th and Second Avenue. Seriously, there's marble on the floors, moldings galore, a balcony, a banquette in the eat-in kitchen, a foyer that fits a bookshelf with its own rolling ladder, and so many closets that there's even one dedicated to shoes on the floorplan. Yeah, the lucite dining room table is a bit out of place, and the maintenance is pretty high at $2,799, but note that this building is but half a city block away from where a new condo tower will ask more than $4 million for its pricey pads.
↑ "Here is the cocoon, now make it your butterfly!" So goes the brokerbabble one this simple, white-walled 1BR/1BA on 57th Street between First Avenue and Sutton Place. This co-op is the farthest-east property on our list, but it's still not far from the Whole Foods on Second Avenue (which is probably the only one in the city that is empty most of the time). Plus, "jade green marble counters and terra cotta flooring" in the kitchen, five closets, and built-in bedroom shelving in an elevator buildingall for $550,000.
↑ The second apartment up for sale in The Excelsior on 57th, just east of Second Avenue, is not nearly as ornately furnished as its neighbor at the top of this story. For 725 square feet, the seller is asking a mere $340,000. The 24th-floor one-bed co-op has ample closet space, open views, and an attractively renovated kitchen.
↑ Moving west, the apartments get pricier. This 33rd-floor studio is between Lexington and Park, and so despite its square footage (513), it wants $745,000 for its optimal locationless than two li'l north-south blocks away from super-expensive 432 Park Avenue. With a "dressing area" otherwise known as a foyer (though it is lined with two closets), this apartment also has lower monthly charges because it's a condo.
↑ Because it's located between Sixth and Seventh avenues, this one-bedroom co-op in Carnegie House is probably closest to 57th Street's megatower action. Nearby neighbors include One57, and the future Nordstrom tower and the SHoP/JDS "slenderest building in the world." The apartment itself is a white-walled Plain Jane, but it's asking just $569,000. That gets you 900 square feet, solid oak parquet floors, a windowed kitchen (which, admittedly, could use an upgrade) with a dining alcove.
↑ Next up, a sleek condop at The Westmore, between Eighth and Ninth avenues, that's flirting with the $1M mark, seeking $995,000.
There's no floorplan and there is one now, see above. The brokerbabble and photos show a decent-sized one-bedroom with an open kitchen lined with stainless steel appliances and cabinets. It last sold in 2010 for $820,000. So maybe in, like, 2018, when all the new condos are built, it'll be out of the scope of this piece's price range.
↑ On 57th Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues, in the Colonnade building, lies this bachelor pad of a condo. Bought in 1999 for a mere $230,000, now the seller wants $985,000 for the one-bedroom. There's an extra bit of space in the living room that the owner has turned into a home office. Just imagine the place free of movie, music, and sports posters (and all those guitars), and you're halfway there.
↑ Farther west we go, between Ninth and Tenth, to this girly, colorful studio. (Even the coffeemaker is pink.) The petite co-op in a small, six-floor elevator building has been on and off the market since 2004, and the today's $320,000 is quite a bit heftier than the $199K the old buyer paid back then. And it'll only go up.
↑ The brokerbabble for this studio does warn prospective buyers to "bring their contractors", but it's really not all bad. It's in a 1910 brownstone, so beware the third-floor walk-up. But the original wood floors, arched doorways, separate kitchen, and multiple closets make this little place a pretty good value for $339,000. It's the farthest west of all the properties on this list, but think of the proximity to Bjarke Ingels' pyramid of rentals and the Hudson River waterfront.
· The New, Megatower-Filled 57th Street Will Look Like This [Curbed]
· Imagine Midtown Manhattan's Many Towers-To-Be, Come 2018 [Curbed]