Around Town

Views From Central Park South

By Lisa Maysonet

It is a glittering boulevard slicing elegantly through the heart and history of New York. Central Park South. The name alone evokes Manhattan, the speed and sophistication that has launched a thousand movies. It begins at one of the Earth’s most storied buildings: The Plaza Hotel, a limestone landmark whose guest list of names includes Jacqueline Onassis and John Lennon, Greta Garbo, and Elizabeth Taylor.

To stroll along its sidewalk is to gaze on classic apartment buildings and hotels that define pre-war splendor. Admire the Renaissance Revival New York Athletic Club, legendary home to both Olympic athletes and the city’s elite. And finally, as horses and buggies clamor by, you reach the end at the historic intersection called Columbus Circle. The traffic circle, located at Eighth Avenue and Central Park West, Broadway, and 59th Street and Central Park South, was designed as part of Frederick Law Olmsted’s 1857 vision for Central Park, including a rotary on the southwest corner of the park. It abuts the Merchant’s Gate, one of the park’s eighteen major gates.

But as the name suggests, Central Park South is the magnificent border of Central Park itself, New York’s vast forest. With ancient trees and even more ancient rock formations, and a landscape of lakes and gardens, paths and bridges that stretch as far as the imagination. It has been called “the granddaddy of America’s naturally landscaped parks,” according to the AIA Guide to New York City

Thus, Central Park South is as much a thoroughfare of dreams as a street. Charm meets exquisite taste. The exhilaration of an international destination meets the pulse of a never-ending city. At sidewalk cafes and sumptuous restaurants, in opulent stores and the waters of the Plaza Fountain, and where F. Scott Fitzgerald and wife Zelda drank Champagne and laughed during the roaring twenties. People watch people on what may be the most cosmopolitan street in the world’s most cosmopolitan city.

Located directly across from the Central Park, this north facing apartment with unobstructed park views is a perfect light-filled gracious home on the tenth floor of Berkeley House. The property is a full-service, pre-war cooperative that offers residents the highest level of attention with an intimate feel. The building has an on-site resident manager, full-time doorman, concierge, and maintenance staff, private storage room and bike room and convenient on-site laundry facilities.

Unit 10A is an exquisite apartment featuring extraordinary city views from over-sized picture windows. This picture-perfect 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment is a one-of-a-kind hi-end renovated residence with thoughtfully designed open living space, warmly elegant interiors featuring high ceilings, generous closets, wide-plank oak floors, and custom mill-work.

This apartment has it all—luxury and comfort. The open kitchen is equipped with Viking appliances, gorgeous marble countertops, and extensive custom-made Italian cabinetry. The living room features an electric fireplace, and the adjacent dining area is the invitation to easy entertaining. Two quiet and serene bedrooms are situated in the apartment’s rear, away from the common living areas.

Top-of-the-list neighbors are Carnegie Hall, MOMA, Lincoln Center, The Plaza, Time Warner Center, and Columbus Circle. Some of the world’s best museums, shopping and restaurants are within blocks of where you could be living!
Asking price: $2.85 million.

With 40 years of success selling Manhattan’s top properties, go-to luxury real estate expert Lisa Maysonet makes waves in the red-hot Hamptons market. To better serve her longstanding New York clients, Maysonet—the tour-de-force behind Group Maysonet at Sotheby’s International Realty—is now marketing the East End’s most exclusive residences and new developments. Presented by Lisa Maysonet + Esther Muller of Sotheby’s International. Visit

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