It’s no secret: The Upper West Side certainly has a lot of enviable real estate. Apartments that run upward of a million dollars are par for the course here. But it’s still possible to find gems on the more affordable end of the spectrum — like our Deal of the Week. This Upper West Side 1BR, 170 W. 74th St. #815, is overflowing with the classic prewar charm the neighborhood is known for, for much less than usual.
The Price: $538,450
The median asking price for a home on the Upper West Side is $1.6 million, according to the StreetEasy Data Dashboard. That puts our Deal of the Week at more than $1M below average for the neighborhood!
Buyers who put down the 20% minimum down payment of $107,690 can expect to see monthly payments of $3,102. That includes a mortgage payment of $1,781 and a maintenance fee of $1,321.
Why You’ll Love It…
Every room in this Upper West Side 1BR exudes stunning prewar character. The unit has been thoughtfully renovated to maintain plenty of old-school touches. For example, deeply beamed ceilings and picture-rail moldings are intact, providing texture. And the original hardwoods are nicely refinished.
The super-cute kitchen, on the other hand, is more modern. High ceilings allow for cabinets on top of cabinets. In addition, there’s some open shelving for showing off your prettiest plates and mugs. There’s also a breakfast bar with extra storage. The bathroom is fully updated, outfitted in white subway tile with a rainfall shower head. And everything is flooded with sunshine thanks to bright, oversized windows throughout.
Our Deal of the Week is set in the Berkeley, an elevator co-op that was originally constructed as a hotel in 1913. It provides a full-time doorman, common laundry, and generous purchasing rules. Better yet, it enjoys a prime location right off bustling Amsterdam Avenue. Neighborhood mainstays are all within a few blocks, including Central Park, the Museum of Natural History, and nightlife locales like the Beacon Theatre and Playa Betty’s.
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… And Why You Might Not
This Upper West Side 1BR is pretty darn sunny, likely due to its top-floor location. But the windows do seem to face an airshaft, so its charms do not extend to the view. Sadly, there’s also no dishwasher in the kitchen. And finally, while the listing does mention a walk-in closet, it doesn’t provide a floor plan. So it’s not entirely clear where that closet is — or whether there are any others in the space.