The Dakota | 1 W 72nd St Building Review
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The Dakota, constructed in 1884, is located on the northwest corner of 72ndStreet and Central Park West in the Upper West Side.
The building is within Community District 107 and zoned for P.S. 087 William Sherman
How Tall is the Building?
Though it may not be anywhere near the tallest building in NYC, with a total of nine floors, it’s clearly quality over quantity with this gem.
Who Designed the Building?
Edward Clark, a co-founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, hired Henry Janeway Hardenbergh to design The Dakota. Hardenbergh went on to design The Plaza and Waldorf Astoria hotels.
The Dakota’s architectural style is a happy mix of German Renaissance, Chateausque, and Gothic Revival. It is an exclusively residential luxury co-op building, and each apartment is unique since no two, of the 65 apartments, were designed the exact same.
The Dakota has managed to keep its place at the top of Manhattan’s real estate for more than a century. A slew of exclusives has resided here with the first being The Steinway Family, of Steinway piano fame.
What Luxury Amenities Can Residents Expect?
What constitutes a luxury building today is quite different than it was over 100 years ago. Though it does not have modern features like a pool, conference centers or yoga rooms, it does have some elegant extras.
A large central courtyard with a fountain, private restaurant, Central Park views, high ceilings, all interior finishes, and details are one-of-a-kind, modern equipment in all kitchens and bathrooms, electric lights in all rooms and public spaces.
What Services are Provided?
There is a full-time doorman and concierge service available 24/7.
How Much Does it Cost to Buy an Apartment?
Along with the high demand to live here is also the high prestige that comes with living at The Dakota. Due to this, there aren't usually too many listings on the market at any given time.
Prices generally range from upwards to $1.3 million for a one bedroom, one bath all the way to 39 million for a five bedroom, six bathroom.
Who Lives in the Building?
Due to its extremely picky co-op board, they have been well-known for rejecting many rich and famous applicants over the years.
Just a few of these include Melanie Griffith, Alex Rodriguez, Carly Simon, Cher, Madonna, and Billy Joel. However, John Lennon, Judy Garland, and Roberta Flack among many others have called it home at one time and Yoko Ono is currently residing there.
- Fun Facts:
- Completed in 1884, it was the first luxury apartment building in NYC at the time.
- One of the biggest challenges faced by commissioner Clark was renting and selling apartments to the upper class. At the time, apartment living was just becoming acceptable among the upper class, who were accustomed to single-family living. To eradicate the tenement stigma, Clark offered all of the amenities of a private mansion to each resident, which definitely seemed to do the trick!
- Not only was the building fully rented out before its opening; since its opening, the building’s unique sixty-five apartments had zero vacancies for 45 years!
- It’s still a major tourist attraction for John Lennon fans since the front of the building was the exact location he was shot.
- It has a reputation for being haunted. There have been multiple sightings and Yoko Ono even claims to have seen John Lennon’s ghost!
Amenities: F/T Doorman, Elevator, Garden, Fireplace(s), Pre-war, Laundry in building, Fitness center, Storage available, Concierge
- Laundry Room
- On-site Super
- Shared Outdoor Space
These trains run through Lincoln Square. In addition, city buses are also available in this area.
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