The Best Views on the Upper West Side

By Victoria Bekiempis on May 23, 2013 7:03am 

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 Home buyers on the UWS have a chance to gaze upon Central and Riverside Parks.
Beautiful Views of the Upper West Side
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UPPER WEST SIDE — With views like these, no one would blame you for staying inside.

Nestled between the expansive Riverside Park and Central Park's classic urban greenery, the Upper West Side offers homebuyers drop-dead vistas and stunning windowside panoramas, realtors said.

Well-heeled buyers have loads of good choices. But a DNAinfo New York poll of several in-the-know agents unearthed a few of the best.

Cord Stahl, senior vice president and associate broker with TOWN Residential, said 230 Riverside Drive's views cannot be beat — especially unit 9A.

"The highlight is definitely the Hudson River and Riverside Park views," he said of the two-bedroom, two-bath condo.

Every room — except for one bathroom — features heart-stopping window views, Stahl said.

The bathroom with the window is a contender for "one of the best views in the city," he said.

"It's pretty great," he added.

"Everyone just stops in their tracks when they walk in," he said of the condo that's listed for $1,695,000. "It's a view that you see on TV. A lot of times you see sailboats going by and all these nice things happening in front of your door."

Stahl — who has sold some 30 apartments in the building — said it's the height of this fully renovated pre-war gem that sets it apart.

"It's high enough to clear all the trees of the park, but it's not too high where you miss the park also. Sometimes, if you're too high up, you don't get too many park views  — you get sky and water views. This is just in the middle, so you see sky and park," said Stahl, a 36-year-old Westchester resident. 

"You can't really find too many of these views any longer — especially in a condominium."

Other TOWN properties boasting beautiful views include 15 Central Park West, #3E, which looks out onto a quaint courtyard and has a nursery.

Househunters craving a view might also consider The Olcott, said Halstead Property Executive Vice President Brian Lewis.

One of the more magnificent vistas in this full service pre-war building at 27 West 72nd St., can be found in unit 214-215, he said.

Located a stone's throw from Central Park, the three-bedroom, three-and-1/2-bath condo features a private terrace. The home, listed for $3.5 million, is a "rare Upper West Side find," Lewis said.

There's a three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo at 845 West End Avenue that's also a stunner, according to Citi Habitats Listing Agent Les Meyers.

The current owners have dressed up the décor to blend elements of its original pre-war architecture with contemporary details, he said.

The split dining and living room fosters a flow, creating the sense of an expansive foyer, Meyers said.

"If you're entertaining, you can have a direct line of sight from your open kitchen to your living space," said Meyers of the $3.85 million property.

The master bedroom and the second bedroom both look out onto the sweeping Hudson River. And much of the apartment has both southern- and western-exposure windows, he said.

"You could literally take your key, open the door, walk right in, and call it home," Meyers said.

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