949 Park: A younger Park Avenue

949 Park is the new kid on the block.

Building a glass condominium in the thick of the classic co-ops of Park Avenue on the Upper East Side is like showing up at a black-tie event in a V-neck and skinny jeans: You may look great, but it could be tough to convince the crowd.

You don’t have to tell this to the Vella Group and C3D Architecture, the team behind 949 Park, a new 16-story condo between 81st and 82nd that looks to merge the appeal of new condo finishings and luxuries with the classic feel of its very traditional co-op neighbors. Each of the building’s six floor-through, two-bedroom duplexes feature 10-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and private outdoor space. Plus, elevators open up into the individual apartments.  

Despite these attractive amenities — and the ability to live on Park Avenue without dealing with a co-op board — comparisons to nearby glassy condo 1055 Park, which nearly faced foreclosure late last year, have been hard to escape. However, the developer has worked hard to suppress this association: 949 includes limestone in the building’s facade (which help it blend in ever-so-slightly with the historic feel of the ‘hood), units are wider than those seen in the aforementioned building —  and then there’s the pricing. “These two buildings aren’t apples to apples,” says Leonel Piraino of Prudential Douglas Elliman, who is marketing the project. “We’ve combined the comfort of the new world with the luxuries of the old world, and these units were priced well from the get-go.”


While initial pricing for the duplexes at 949 Park were offered to the public in October, the building only recently started giving tours. Units start at $2,350 per square foot, ranging from $4,675,000-$6,570,000.

For more information, visit: www.949park.com


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