• Manhattan Real Estate For Families

    A roundup of luxurious new NYC buildings–and one community classic–with multi-bedroom units and kid-friendly amenities.

    By Meredith Greene, Nick Bell

    Walker Tower

    New York City is home to residential buildings of all different shapes, sizes, and façades. But one thing that many of them have in common is the goal of attracting growing families through their expansive offerings (think outdoor terraces, WiFi lounges), convenient amenities (like 24-hour concierge service and in-building fitness centers), and kid-friendly features (playrooms galore!). Here are eighteen such buildings, in no particular order, that appeal to parents who are in the market for a new place to call home.

    West River House | 424 West End Avenue
    Located in the heart of the Upper West Side at 81st Street and West End Avenue, West River House is one of Manhattan Skyline’s properties that families will love: a rental building with family-sized, luxury-appointed apartments up to convertible three-bedrooms. A pet-friendly building, its amenities include a staffed penthouse fitness center, a fully furnished and landscaped roof deck with river and skyline views, a 24-hour doorman, laundry rooms on every floor, a 24-hour attended parking garage, and “Sky’s the Limit” concierge. The building will also soon open a brand new children’s playroom, party room, and lounge. Of course, the building is also a brief walk from Riverside Park, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan—not to mention the West Side’s great food and shopping. manhattanskyline.com

    The Story House | 36 East 22nd Street
    A boutique, nine-story condominium located in the middle of the Flatiron district (an up-and-coming area for families), The Story House offers full-floor condos filled with light, space, and wonderful amenities. Developed by Manhattan Skyline, the luxury building boasts eight full-floor loft residences, all with privately keyed elevator access directly into each home. The remaining homes on the top two floors of the building offer expansive, two-bedroom and three-bathroom layouts as well as outdoor terraces. To complete the story, all of the apartments have gourmet chef open kitchens and remote controlled gas fireplaces, plus access to a VIP concierge service. thestoryhousenyc.com

    The Fairmont | 300 East 75th Street
    Located on the Upper East Side, The Fairmont on East 75th Street has a vibrant, dynamic, family-friendly atmosphere—not to mention that it resides in the hub of first-class New York City private schools. With 24-hour doormen and valet services, a fitness center, beautiful lighted gardens, and even a rooftop sundeck to catch up on your R&R, The Fairmont has more than you could ever need in a residential building. The extraordinarily spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments have flexible layouts to suit your liking, and instead of installing your own playroom, you can take advantage of the custom-designed children’s play center. And if that’s not enough, The Fairmont resides in a global epicenter of shopping, dining, and cultural destinations, and is only a short walk from Central Park. glenwoodnyc.com

    Reade57 | 57 Reade Street
    A luxury condominium located in TriBeCa, Reade57 offers three-bedroom residences up to 1,863 square feet. And in an area where the average price of a home is over $4 million, Reade57 gives families the chance to live in the coveted neighborhood at a lower cost. In developing the building, the John Buck Company took a radical departure from traditional lofts to offer a diversified unit mix, with starting prices of the three-bedroom units under $3.25 million. Homes feature sleek, contemporary design in teak floors, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, solid core doors, and some ceiling heights of up to 9’10”. Additionally, every home features central air with digital thermostats and in-residence washers and dryers. Building amenities include a landscaped common terrace, fitness center, lounge, 24-hour doorman, and bicycle units. reade57.com

    Azure | 333 East 91st Street
    Azure has great appeal to families who want to be on the Upper East Side and are seeking amply sized residences at great values. Located at 333 East 91st Street—just a few strides away from Carl Schurz Park—the 34-story residential building offers floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of the East River and Manhattan, along with top kitchen appliances and Bosch washers and dryers. The building also provides 6,300 square feet of amenity space including a children’s playroom, a teen lounge with pool and foosball tables and Internet access, a fully equipped athletic facility, and a 24-hour concierge and valet service. Azure has also become known for customizing units to best fit the needs of its families; larger spaces are often created by combining units. azureny.com

    1214 Fifth Avenue
    The tallest rental building on the Upper East Side’s Fifth Avenue, 1214 Fifth Avenue offers amazing views of Central Park and proximity to the area’s great schools and cultural institutions. Managed by Related, the rental property is smoke-free and pet-friendly, featuring a children’s playroom, a media room with theater-style seating, and 185 apartments that include convertible two-bedrooms, corner two-bedrooms, and three-bedrooms, all perfect for families. There’s also a fitness lounge, an indoor pool, and—something you rarely see in Manhattan these days—a drive-through courtyard. 1214fifthavenue.com

    The Nicole | 400 West 55th Street
    A fourth-generation family-run firm, Gotham Organization brings New Yorkers a uniquely intimate and personalized living experience—and nowhere is this more true than at The Nicole. The upscale rental building’s one- and two-bedroom homes are beautifully designed with generous square footage, granite kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances, walk-in closets, and, in some residences, floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces. What’s more, The Nicole’s extraordinary offerings, from the fitness club to the WiFi-enabled lounge with kitchenette and complimentary coffee bar, make you feel at home almost anywhere in the building. Residents can also enjoy unparalleled city views and partake in private events such as movie screenings on the landscaped outdoor terrace, as well as wine tastings and spa days. With Gotham’s exclusive personal concierge service, residents can access a last-minute babysitter, get coveted theater tickets, or receive assistance with birthday party planning. Located on West 55th Street and Ninth Avenue, The Nicole is at the epicenter of a vibrant neighborhood known for its abundant culinary options and art and cultural institutions. (The building literally overlooks the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.) Family-friendly locations are mere steps away, from the ground floor’s Smarter Toddler Preschool to Central Park, Lincoln Center, and the Hudson River waterfront. livinggotham.com/nicole

    75 Wall Residences Atop Andaz, 75 Wall Street
    Developed by the Hakimian Organization and designed by the Rockwell Group, 75 Wall is fittingly located in the heart of the Financial District on the corner of Wall and Water Streets. The 42-story building houses 346 luxury condominiums on the upper 24 floors, while the 253-suite Andaz Wall Street hotel occupies the lower floors. With lofty ceilings and lengthy windows, beautiful oak flooring, stone counters and lacquer cabinetry, and state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, these gorgeous units are among the most elegant in New York City. But what’s particularly unique about 75 Wall are the integrated hotel services available to residents, including 24-hour room service and concierge, as well as access to Wall & Water restaurant, Bar Seven Five, and in-residence spa services. In addition, the condominium offers exclusive resident amenities, such as the rooftop lounge and terrace; the fitness center including a dance studio and weight room; the Club Room with a kitchen, billiards, card table, and plasma TVs; and, for family fun, the Multimedia Lounge with a projector and surround sound. One of New York City’s blooming residential neighborhoods, this increasingly family-friendly area is especially perfect for parents working in downtown Manhattan. 75wall.com

    225 Rector Place
    What family doesn’t need some relaxing Feng Shui in their daily lives? A 24-story luxury condo in Battery Park City, 225 Rector Place has been re-envisioned by internationally acclaimed hospitality designer Clodagh, thanks to the magic she works with color, lighting, and material selection. The building’s 181 contemporary residences, including 12 exquisite penthouses, are designed with one of two distinct palettes: the first being open, modern, and decidedly downtown, the other inspired by the textures and colors of nature. Residents also enjoy building amenities like a swimming pool with oversized skylights, a fitness center, yoga studio, children’s playroom, and landscaped rooftop retreat with views of the harbor and Statue of Liberty. rectorplace225.com

    Philip House | 141 East 88th Street
    Ranging in size from 702-square-foot one-bedrooms to 3,795-square-foot five-bedrooms, all of the 79 units in this completely renovated pre-war condo on the Upper East Side feature distinctive crown moldings, wide plank oak flooring, coffered ceilings, and wood-burning fireplaces. Building amenities include a landscaped rooftop terrace with a resident-only club room furnished with comfortable lounge areas, 60” LED HD televisions, surround sound, Wi-Fi, and wet bar. Residents also have access to a separate gaming room equipped with game systems and a foosball table, a music practice room, a Technogym fitness center, and on-site storage. In addition, a full-time staff of doormen and porters, as well as a resident superintendent, are available on-site. philiphousenyc.com

    The Carlton House | 21 East 61st Street
    The newly unveiled Carlton House has the style, sophistication, and history that perfectly blend with its premier Upper East Side location on 61st Street and Madison Avenue. The original 1950s-era limestone and brick façade is being meticulously preserved and restored. These luxurious homes have been completely redesigned to combine the finest pre-war details with state-of-the-art modern elements. Home to 68 residences ranging from two to six bedrooms, The Carlton House can accommodate families of all sizes. The beautifully crafted interiors vary in design, with some residences open and airy and others more closed and formal. Two distinct design finishes are available in Pearl or Mink color palettes. In addition to a 24-hour doorman and concierge, residents can take advantage of the 65-foot indoor swimming pool, steam rooms, fitness center, private storage, game room, and bike room. thecarltonhouse.com

    Walker Tower | 212 West 18th Street
    As a converted pre-war building featuring extensive Art Deco accents throughout, Walker Tower encapsulates a convergence of modern luxury and time-tested functionalist design. Walker Tower delivers a blend of modern convenience and downtown accessibility via easy subway access, 24-hour concierge service, a roof terrace, and a fully equipped fitness center and dedicated yoga room. Within walking distance of the new Avenues school in Chelsea and Hudson River Park, the building also offers full-time bike storage for cycling families. The children’s one-of-a-kind playroom is modeled after a modern city streetscape. As Walker Tower was built in the days before neighborhood height limits were enacted, residents can savor a protected 360-degree view of Manhattan from the rooftop terrace. The walls of each unit are designed with street noise in mind, layered with hollow terra-cotta block for optimal acoustic and thermal insulation. What’s more, the average unit is a spacious 3,000 square feet—ideal for growing families. walker-tower.com

    93 Worth | 93 Worth Street
    Chiseled from TriBeCa’s distinctive architectural tableau, 93 Worth is a long-established commercial property turned luxury condominium. Restored and modernized from its industrial foundation, 93 Worth provides the conveniences of modern loft living with a surprising level of amenities. Offering 92 units, residents and their families can choose from single-occupancy studio spaces to sprawling four-bedroom spreads. Walking distance to seven subway stations and 14 different lines, the location pairs the conveniences of downtown living with all the modern amenities New Yorkers have come to expect from a luxury condominium. Loft spaces feature customized seven-foot windows, solid wood doors, high ceilings, and exposed steel columns. In addition to round-the-clock concierge and doorman service, the building features a roof terrace with unobstructed views, a revamped fitness center, and a children’s playroom. And for the canine-loving families out there, the building offers residents their own on-site dog washing station! 93worth.com

    101 WEST 87 | 101 West 87th Street
    Just one block west of Central Park and a short walk from Riverside Park, 101 WEST 87 is a full-service luxury residence offering a broad range of one- to four-bedroom condominiums. Each home features broad-set windows that frame the neighborhood’s charming tree-lined cityscape and enable substantial natural lighting; many units also include a private outdoor space. All building residents have access to a landscaped Sky Terrace, refrigerated storage for grocery deliveries, and a ground floor fitness center. Directly adjacent to the fitness center, the children’s playroom is a visually stunning space, featuring a custom-painted mural by John-Paul Philippe and a considerable collection of toys and interactive games to entertain and stimulate kids of all ages. With immediate proximity to some of the city’s most significant cultural and recreational outlets such as Lincoln Center, Central Park, and the American Museum of Natural History, this building offers families a chance to live at the cultural crossroads of the Upper West Side. 101w87.com

    135 East 79 Street 
    Crafted of a rigorously modernist design, 135 East 79th Street features a façade made from Indiana limestone and brick with chat-sawn finish. Employing a self-described “holistic” approach to design that considers the human element of the structure, the property is expected to be available in the fall and will feature a landscaped private courtyard, fitness center, residents’ lounge with a separate catering kitchen, and a family club room overlooking the garden. With a double-height entrance edged by espaliered pear tree sculptures and window grilles of the same manufacture as those adorning Buckingham Palace, the property stands as elegance embodied in stone. In addition to a custom-designed family club room, the building is complete with a full-time doorman, concierge, and live-in property manager. Beyond the building’s opulent entrance, residents will find themselves within footsteps of the city’s most esteemed schools, shopping, dining, and the crown jewel of urban green space, Central Park. 135east79.com

    Warren Lofts | 37 Warren Street
    As a prominent Art Deco mainstay at the corner of Warren and Church Streets in TriBeCa, Warren Lofts has been retrofitted and restored to blend modern elements of luxury with a traditional design aesthetic. Once home to a sprawling seed purveyor and exporter, the building now houses 14 revamped loft spaces and four sprawling penthouse spreads. Featuring ceiling heights between 9 and 11 feet, each space at Warren Lofts includes remodeled kitchen and baths, and in-loft washer and dryer units. Oversized windows provide coveted downtown vistas and the use of natural materials in the building’s restoration adds a degree of sumptuous warmth to the interiors. Walking distance to 11 subway lines, the location offers residents an almost assuredly transfer-free commute. Featuring a children’s clubhouse by Baby Green Design, training studio and fitness center from The Wright Fit, a roof deck with panoramic views of lower Manhattan, doorman, and close proximity to the Hudson River Park and Battery Park City, Warren Lofts offers a level of luxury befitting a midtown high-rise with the convenience of a central downtown location. 37warren.com

    150 East 72nd Street
    Just as it’s celebrating its centennial, 150 East 72nd is currently in the midst of a dramatic facelift. In the coming months, the building will experience a total aesthetic and infrastructural overhaul to match contemporary standards for luxury living. Appealing to families seeking the complete feel of a home while maintaining the convenience of high-rise living, the units range from large three- to five-bedroom homes. With private elevator landings, 10-foot ceilings, windowed eat-in kitchens, and large and inviting living and dining areas, these soirée-eligible spaces provide residents with a heightened sense of chic and exclusivity. The building also houses a fitness center, children’s playroom, and multipurpose room. Located in the heart of the Upper East Side, the building provides immediate access to some of the city’s finest museums, restaurants, boutiques, and Central Park. For families with school-aged children, some of the city’s finest public and private schools are within walking distance. 150east72.com

    Peter Cooper Village-Stuyvesant Town
    And now for something completely different. Peter Cooper Village-Stuyvesant Town is a unique real estate offering in Manhattan, featuring oversized, renovated apartments set within an 80-acre private park with an abundance of activities, amenities, and services. There’s always something going on at these residences, from social events and seasonal greenmarkets to live music, movies, and food fairs. PCVST houses play spaces and athletic courts for a variety of uses, ages, and interests. Children ages 3-13 can enjoy five different playgrounds with state-of-the-art equipment, advanced safety features, and water sprinklers. With tournaments throughout the summer, a talent show, and top-notch entertainers, families are never at a loss for fun, engaging activities at Peter Cooper Village-Stuyvesant Town. pcvst.com

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