By Daniel J. Bollinger

Located on First Avenue, between East 72nd and 73rd Streets, The Charles is like no other building in the Upper East Side. The neighborhood has long been known for its rich architectural splendor comprised of brownstones with many boasting the classic limestone facades so popular in the early 20th century. Today, glass façade buildings grace the UES but none quite like The Charles. It’s the interior that is the real game changer: Private, full-floor loft residences boasting over 3,300 square feet of space.

All 25 floors feature four bedroom/four bath residences. The bedrooms are all generously proportioned with en-suite bathrooms and separately controlled heating/cooling systems. The master suite has floor-to-ceiling windows, separate sitting and dressing areas, and custom pocket doors with nickel and glass inserts. The en-suite master baths all have waterfall marble bathtubs and sinks with polished chrome fixtures throughout and heated floors. Secondary baths are also marble clad with either shower or tub. Kitchens are large and boast a center island with plenty of room for dining. Miele and Sub-Zero appliances compliment the white polished Corian countertops and backsplash. The overall design of the lofts are contemporary, but the quality of materials and appliances add a touch of refined elegance.

The real deal clincher in these lofts is the Great Room—appropriately named for a few reasons. The dramatic city views are wonderfully enjoyed with floor-to-ceiling windows. Ceiling heights range from 9-to-11 feet and more pocket doors, crafted with nickel and glass complete this picture. Think about it: Residences this size are rare in New York City.

The flow of each floor has been laid out nicely with kitchen and great room on one side of the residence and bedrooms on the opposite side. And of course, there are amenities to be enjoyed by all. A children’s playroom and exercise room. Having a resident manager on premises to go with a 24-hr staff attended lobby is a plus. There is also a package room and a refrigerated storage room for perishables. At press time, only six units were remaining for sale.

For more information on The Charles, please visit charlesnyc.com.

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