For many New Yorker’s, the Upper East Side represents classic New York. Upper East Side real estate includes some of the most luxurious properties in the world, boasting some of New York City’s most stunning architecture and elegant historic and prewar homes, with landmarked brownstones lining the prime residential streets between the avenues. The prestigious and polished prewar buildings here are some of the most expensive homes New York City has to offer. The platinum building services on Fifth and Park Avenues, the proximity to Central Park, the flagship boutiques on Madison Avenue, the Museum Mile and abundance of select private schools are just a few highlights on this wealthy part of town. Extending from Fifth Avenue and the border of Central Park to the East River, from 56th Street to the Carnegie Hill area at 96th Street, Manhattan’s fashionable Upper East Side is an area that features some of the city’s most significant cultural institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on Museum Mile, fine restaurants, art galleries and excellent shopping destinations on Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue.
Among Manhattan’s most famous addresses, Fifth Avenue is rich in history and significance, and provides the setting for exceptional New York City real estate. In the coveted reaches of the Upper East Side, this storied avenues was lined with the stately mansions of many wealthy and illustrious figures during New York’s Gilded Age, and Fifth Avenue is the backdrop of Edith Wharton’s 1920 novel, The Age of Innocence. Merely steps away from Central Park’s lush urban oasis, Fifth Avenue is located on beautiful tree-lined boulevards of landmark historic mansions and elegant apartments, some created by the master designers Rosario Candela and James Carpenter, and many enjoying enchanting prospects of the park. Many of the city’s finest shops, restaurants, art galleries, museums and private schools are situated in the immediate area. Fifth Avenue is also one of the world’s most famous shopping destinations, regarded as a counterpart to the Champs-Elyses in Paris and London’s Oxford Street, and is also fronted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, The Frick Collection (housed in the former mansion of steel magnate Henry Clay Frick), the New York Public Library, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building.
Also among Manhattan’s most famous addresses, Park Avenue is rich in history and significance, and provides the setting for some of the city’s most impressive real estate. In the coveted reaches of the Upper East Side, this storied avenue was lined with the stately mansions of many wealthy and illustrious figures during New York’s Gilded Age. Close to Central Park’s lush urban oasis, Park Avenue properties are located on beautiful tree-lined boulevards of landmark historic mansions and elegant apartments, some created by the master designers Rosario Candela and James Carpenter, and many enjoying enchanting prospects of the Park.
South of Central Park starts the hustle and bustle of New York City. In the heart of Manhattan, Midtown East is home to a myriad of the city’s most famous landmarks and attractions including magnificently restored Grand Central Terminal, now also hosting exquisite restaurants, casual eateries and shops, the gleaming Art Deco splendor of the Chrysler Building, the United Nations complex, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Museum of Modern Art, the Pierpont Morgan Library and the New York Public Library, adjacent to lovely Bryant Park. Other attractions in or around this dynamic area include Fifth Avenue’s shops, the art galleries of 57th Street, many fine restaurants, world-famous Broadway theater productions, revitalized Times Square, Carnegie Hall concerts and the popular entertainment of famed Radio City Music Hall, newly restored to its original glory. Desirable Midtown East real estate ranges from the old world charm of Beekman Place and Sutton Place, to the lavish amenities of the residences at The Waldorf Towers, to state-of-the-art luxury high-rise buildings including the Trump Tower.
Enjoying sweeping scenery overlooking the East River, Sutton Place is an elegant enclave combining a convenient Midtown location with an atmosphere of graciousness and serenity. Sutton Place rose to prominence in the early 1920s, after the second Mrs. William Vanderbilt and J.P. Morgan’s daughter Anne commissioned homes here on the East River, forsaking the opulence of Fifth Avenue. While this world-renowned address is formally defined as the two blocks between 57th and 59th Streets, east of First Avenue, its boundaries are generally considered to extend several blocks farther. Beautiful gardens, exquisite pocket parks and breezy river-view terraces and promenades grace this sought-after neighborhood. Sutton Place real estate and pieds- a-terre include elegant condominiums and cooperatives along with rows of historic townhouses with communal gardens. Sutton Place offers an ideal location within walking distance of Midtown office buildings, the Museum of Modern Art, First Avenue’s antique shops and services and several of New York’s most prominent flagship stores. Many of the area’s restaurants are distinguished both for their fine cuisine and superb design.
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