It’s hard to imagine today that people had to be lured to settle on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, but such was the case at the turn of the 20th century when the first New York City subway line opened. The Interborough Rapid Transit Line (IRT) started at City Hall, with the most epic of subway stations (now closed off to the public except on official Transit Museum tours). The Astors and other enterprising investors owned the land uptown, purchased in a speculative property boom. Now, the question was how to brand the area.
Sometimes it takes a while to settle into a new place, but the minute we saw this spectacular residence on the market for $3.2 million in the Dorilton at 171 West 71st Street, it felt like home. While it’s true the landmarked building’s elaborate Edwardian façade could seem a little imposing, the warmth emanating from this immaculate, five-room Upper West Side home more than makes up for any airs the grand and gated entrance might convey.