If you have are looking for a spacious apartment with ample closet space, but don’t want to give up the doorman and amenities, a classic post war apartment might be for you. Classic post war buildings are generally less expensive than modern buildings and they’re centrally located in some of Manhattan’s most desirable neighborhoods.
These types of dwellings are often referred to as ‘cookie-cutter’ apartments, as they are aesthetically generic and thought to lack the ‘character’ of a prewar apartment. However, you will often have access to similar facilities you would find a modern building, such as a doorman and a laundry.
I have put together a list of the best 10 classic post war buildings in Manhattan. Why don’t you visit a couple to get an idea of what it would be like to live in this type of building? You can contact the leasing directors directly to schedule a viewing – their contact details can be found on their website. You can also avoid paying a broker fee by applying directly for a rental through the onsite leasing office.
This Murray Hill classic is located on 31st St. and offers a 24 hour doorman, health club, bicycle room and laundry on every floor. They also have a 24 hour on-site attended garage, valet service and if you’re an animal lover, they permit small dogs in the building. This is one of the easiest buildings in New York to visit without a broker, as you don’t need to schedule an appointment and are welcome to show up at the on-site leasing office. Windsor Court will give you a great idea of what a classic postwar building has to offer.
If you’re determined to stay the highly sought after area below 96th Street and want a doorman elevator building, Normandie Court might be your ticket to idyllic Manhattan living. This building offers a 24 hour doorman and concierge, health club, pool and sun decks. They have 1477 apartments in this building – so if you’re on a budget and are reluctant to live in a walk up, I would recommend you visit this building first. The on-site leasing office makes it super easy to visit these apartments on your own.
The Murray Hill really is the quintessential classic postwar rental building and it’s located in a great area to boot. You’ll find yourself on the corner of 34 Street near Park Ave, which is in close proximity to the trains. You will be spoiled with a doorman, an elevator and a roof deck but will give up some of the other flashier amenities usually found in a modern building. The apartments feature large floor plans with lots of closets, and an on-site leasing director makes for easy access.
The Pavillion consistently offers the largest floor plans in postwar buildings that I’ve seen (and I’ve seen every one of these buildings in Manhattan). These apartments offer massive closets and John Jay Park is right outside the door. You will also get the chance to enjoy a landscaped rooftop, sundeck, valet, fitness center and children’s playroom. You can never go wrong living in a Glenwood building. There’s also a 24 hour attended garage on the premises along with free shuttle bus service to the subway and shopping. Some of the apartments on the eastern side of this building have gorgeous views of the East River. If you’re looking for a spacious apartment – start here!
This is another Glenwood property and it’s located just one block from Columbus Circle. This 24 hour doorman building offers large apartments, some with Central Park views. There is also a 24 hour attended garage, rooftop terrace, fitness center and children’s playroom. The building features large apartments with lots of closets located in one of the best neighborhoods in Manhattan. The Regent has an on-site leasing director, so simply give them a call, make an appointment and see for yourself what the building has to offer.
I’ve added The Barclay at 1755 York Ave. because people are often too quick to rule out living in Yorkville and generally don’t consider this area as an option. However, this little oasis on the Upper East Side offers large apartments that are generally much less expensive then ones found downtown. The Barclay is a 24 hour doorman building featuring a rooftop sundeck, fitness center with showers and sauna, greenhouse rooftop solarium, children’s playroom and a private, enclosed outdoor park. On-site leasing makes this an easy apartment to view on your own.
If you are considering living in a postwar building and dream of an apartment with a newly renovated kitchen and bathroom, then Stonehenge could be a great option. The building has put a lot of money into renovating their uniquely laid out studio, one, two, three and four bedroom apartments. This 21 story building has a 24 hour doorman, high-speed elevators and on-site laundry and parking. As a bonus, they are pet friendly. Click on the link above and see if a Stonehenge could work for you.
If you’re looking to be in a great building on the famed and picturesque Upper West Side, then you can’t go wrong with this building. The Concerto features a doorman, fitness center, landscaped private outdoor space, children’s playroom, and garage and bike storage. It can be a little tough to get through to the leasing department, but it’s worth the effort so be persistent. A visit to The Concerto will give your really clear idea of what a classic postwar doorman elevator building looks like.
This 24 hour doorman elevator building is located right on the edge of Gramercy. There is a laundry in the building, a modest gym in the basement and they are friendly to shares and temporary walls. The apartments at Parc East are not tremendously updated – but many of them only require a $750 deposit, and the leasing office will allow tenants to combine their income to meet the minimum income requirements. All in all, this is a great building if you’re looking to split the rent with someone.
Last but certainly not least! This 11,000 rental unit complex located on the East Side of Manhattan, between 14th St. and 23rd St, offers some of the largest and least expensive rental properties in Manhattan. They have an on site leasing office, acres upon acres of common outdoor space including basketball courts, tennis courts, playgrounds and a world-class gym. Many of these apartments have already been sub-divided. The apartments themselves have been renovated with top-of-the-line appliances and kitchens. This is a definite must stop if you’re looking for a classic postwar building. StuyTown is extremely popular among students and young professionals.
And there you have it. If you were to simply visit two or three of these properties you’d have a real clear understanding of what your rental dollar will get you in a classic postwar buildings in Manhattan. Good luck, and as always if you need my help in going from interview to application in 24 hours please feel free to reach out.