Back to the Future: 535 West End Avenue

An ongoing showhouse featuring top-name designers inspired a Prestige magazine-sponsored cocktail party last week. The exhibited rooms, in turn, were inspired by the theme of "celebrating extraordinary women," icons like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Peggy Guggenheim, Ingrid Bergman and Dorothy Draper.

But the dramatic setting for all this, Extell Development's Company's shiny new offering at 535 West End Avenue, inspired something else among attendees: jealousy. Cause we don't live at 535 West End Avenue.
Sure, it's easy to make fun of the trend that's advertised on a banner out front at the intersection of West End and 86th Street: "21st-Century Pre-war Residences." You can tell yourself that's an oxymoron -- especially standing outside. From the intersection, the words seem mostly to promise only that the building will not be an ugly addition to the neighborhood.

But then you get inside one of these buildings and it really does look like the best of both worlds: the amenities of modern, upscale living, but with attention paid to classic-looking details. The view from the corner windows is positively inspired. As guests wandered into a living room inspired by Angelina Jolie (huh?) and tastefully decorated by the talented Inson Dubois Wood, more than one person could be heard exclaiming about the stunning view of the Upper West Side intersection.

Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group is the sales agent at 535 West End, where the service will be white-glove and the list of amenities includes an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, residents' lounge with catering kitchen, and the expected 24-hour doorman. The Rosewood and Oak flooring feels classy and contemporary at the same time.

Guests last week got floor plans for four remaining apartments in the building, which only has 26 total. The six-bedroom, full-floor residences listed were going for $25 million and $19 million; the five-bedroom, half-floor residences at $10 million and $9 million. Post-war prices.

The showhouse, your ticket into the world of 535 West End Avenue, runs through Dec. 13. Tickets, which raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, cost $25.

Bedroom designed by Cullman & Kravis

Kitchen designed by Patricia Fisher

Bedroom designed by Patrik Lonn

(Top photo: Living room designed by S. Russell Groves)
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