Building Profile: 270 Riverside DrivePosted 10.23.2015
270 Riverside Drive offers the conveniences of an Upper West Side condominium paired with the historic grandeur of the neighborhood’s most elegant turn-of-the-century apartment building. An Upper West Side classic through and through, 270 Riverside Drive is nestled on the edge of picturesque Riverside Park. Even in a neighborhood known for its Beaux-Arts architecture and tree-lined streets, this 1910 building stands out for its charm and gracious proportions. And thanks to recent renovations and a thoughtful re-imagining of original floor plans to accommodate contemporary living, the timeless design of 270 Riverside is sure to please many more generations of New Yorkers.
Inspired craftsmanship touches every corner of this building. Surrounded by a classic granite and limestone facade, the elegant front entrance of 270 Riverside features delicate wrought iron doors which open onto an expansive lobby that has retained much of its original aesthetic and architectural detail. Period details such as original crown moldings blend seamlessly with contemporary flourishes, lending the interior a timeless sense of style. The building also offers convenient entrances on both Riverside Drive and 99th Street, and is serviced by two passenger elevators and one service elevator. Light from the interior courtyard fills the lobby.
The homes at 270 Riverside have all been reimagined to include expanded common areas as well as kitchens that can live up to their contemporary status as a place to entertain, a marked difference from the original 1910 design. Living rooms are now washed in natural light, and new energy-efficient windows plus three-zoned central air allow residents to calibrate the temperature of their homes with precision. With only two apartments per floor, residents will enjoy quiet and privacy. And while most Riverside Drive apartments offer views of northern Manhattan, 270 Riverside Drive affords sweeping southward views of the river, while still removed from the island’s bustle.
The model apartment at 270 Riverside, 5C, provides a perfect example of how the amenities and finishes of each residence in this Upper West Side luxury condominium can be customized with a sophisticated color palette. The apartment feels spacious thanks especially to its ten-foot ceilings and large windows. The kitchen features crown moldings, quarter-sawn strip oak floors, custom cabinets with nickel hardware, and subtle white glass countertops complemented by mosaic marble backsplashes. A suite of top-of-the-line Thermador appliances make accomplishing culinary feats a pleasure, and a Sub-Zero wine refrigerator makes it easy to store special vintages for any occasion.
The master bathroom of 5C is finished in a serene, light color palette and boasts elegant Waterworks fixtures, classic Edison bulbs, subway tiles, and polished nickel hardware. Radiant heat warms the mosaic marble floor, while a luxurious shower and dual vanities make the space both functional and beautiful. The master bedroom is spacious as well and boasts generous closet space—a rarity in prewar buildings. Apartment 5C also has a separate study or library, and a separate laundry room.
The A line apartments might be the crown jewels of 270 Riverside Drive, with their spectacular southern exposures and views. The living spaces of these impressive residences are augmented by special details such as herringbone wood floors, pocket doors in the kitchen (which also features a desk), an extra family nook, optional staff quarters, and dual exposures in the spacious master bedroom, which has large walk-in closets as well.
For those seeking an exceptional, spacious, and stylish Upper West Side residence, the apartments at 270 Riverside Drive can’t be missed.