860 Grand Concourse
A spectacular, gorgeous and desirable 3 Bed/2 Bath top floor Grand Concourse residence.
Classic Art Deco Cooperative ⋅ Heart of the Grand Concourse Historic District
Stunning, sweeping views ⋅ Overlooking two City Parks
Large Living Room ⋅ Top to bottom renovated eat-in Kitchen
King-sized Master Bedroom w/en suite renovated Master Bath ⋅ Two additional king-sized Bedrooms
Closets galore ⋅ Hardwood floors throughout ⋅ All new windows ⋅ All new doors ⋅ All new woodwork
Doorman, Live-in Super, Laundry Room and Bike Room on premises
Cable-ready ⋅ Pet-friendly
This NYC Landmark and Historic District building is a classic Art Deco cooperative with Grand Concourse frontage and direct sweeping, stunning westward views of Washington Heights, New Jersey and the midtown Manhattan skyline. From the Living Room and Master Bedroom windows you can see the George Washington Bridge, the brand new two-towered Fort Lee, NJ complex called "The Modern", the Holy Grail of Baseball: Yankee Stadium, the exquisite gray and gold limestone Bronx County Court House, not one, but two parks—the strolling and sitting acres of Joyce Kilmer Park to the north, with its famous Lorelei Fountain statue, and the hilly and leafy escape of Franz Sigel Park, and all the glittering lights of midtown to the south. The views dazzle during daytime and sparkle at night. All these iconic buildings, structures and parks guarantee that you will always have direct, unobstructed views for up to 15 miles for as long as you own this home.
860 Grand Concourse has daytime and evening doormen, elevators, bike room, laundry room and live-in super. The building is nestled directly across the street from the Bronx County Supreme Courthouse. The building is located in the heart of the Yankee Stadium corridor, just steps to the B/D/4 subway lines at 161st Street/Yankee Stadium. The commute from 161 Street/Yankee Stadium Station can get you to east side or west side midtown Manhattan in as little as 25 minutes. Metro-North's commuter rail stop at the Yankees-East 153rd Street station on the Hudson Line is a few minutes walking away.
It's a short walk to flagship retailers at the Bronx Terminal Market such as: Applebee’s, AT&T, Bed Bath & Beyond, BJs Wholesale, Best Buy, Burlington Coat Factory, Bx Sports, Chuck E. Cheese, Chase Bank, Food Bazaar, GNC, Game Stop, Home Depot, Marisco Centro, Marshall’s, Michael's, Raymour & Flanigan, Skechers, Sprint, Subway, T-Mobile, Target, Verizon and more.
A truly irresistible home and the jewel of the Grand Concourse.
STEP DOWN INTO THE SUNKEN LIVING ROOM
There is a ceiling fan with lights in the center. The air conditioner, removed during the winter months, will be left for you.
We used Air Wave (airwaveac.com) here in The Bronx to help us install it.
ROOM BY ROOM RENOVATION
A large-scale renovation of the whole of #7N was undertaken beginning in 2010. As you will notice above, and in every picture of the apartment throughout, all old electrical wires and cabling was stripped and removed from the ceilings and baseboards. All old wood, including all picture rails and baseboards, were removed, with new woodwork installed, replicating the original detail. The surface of every wall and ceiling was sanded to remove all paint overruns, dribbles and ugly build-up and then resurfaced until silky-smooth. Nine years later the walls are still in remarkable condition.
Old over-painted, broken and hollow-core doors were replaced throughout with heavy, solid, sound-baffling roman-styled milled doors. Every door frame and window frame was stripped of thick paint build-up down to the original metal. The wrought-iron hand railings leading to the sunken Living Room were completely stripped and elegantly re-styled in high-gloss black. In that same room several multiple layers of excessive ceiling plaster were painstakingly scraped down and removed to re-expose the beautiful original and natural plaster of the cove which had disappeared over the years. In 2011, all fourteen windows were replaced and improved with screens throughout the apartment. The kitchen was completely gutted, opened up and modernized in a timeless, classic way. The number of electrical outlets were doubled throughout and a new updated electrical panel was installed.
The apartment entrance is at the west end of the 7th floor hall. There is very little hall traffic outside your door. A recycling room is only a few steps away from the front door. Take the elevator up or use the generously wide staircase right outside.
GALLERY/DINING INTO MID-HALL
As you enter Apartment 7N you will see the warm and updated kitchen that was renovated in 2010. What a way to enter this home! It still glows today.
The custom kitchen cabinetry was designed and manufactured by architects and artisans of Kingswood in Danbury CT. These cabinets are the real deal: all wood, inside and out, no pressboard or laminates even on the cabinet backs, and finished with a subtle and luscious cherry/walnut stain. The shelves inside are generous and deep. The Pantry just beyond the refrigerator has roll out drawers for easy access. The drawers, left of the range, roll out and will store and carry your heaviest cookware and ceramics. Many other lower cabinets have roll out drawers as well. A waste station is hidden and located between the sink cabinets and the range. All doors and drawers are quiet-close equipped. The hidden hinges are adjustable allowing for maintaining the kitchen's great lines, symmetry and elegance.
All counter tops and window sills in the kitchen are Brazilian ubatuba granite.
The window framings were stripped of all paints down to the original metal, sanded and buffed and coated in a matte polyurethane to match the stainless steel appliances. The 26-cubic foot french door refrigerator glides in and out of its own cabinet opening for easy cleaning. The refrigerator is huge; the freezer, capacious. If you love to cook or if you like buying in bulk, the refrigerator and the cabinets will hold all your supplies in abundance. This is the perfect kitchen for serious chefs and for those with families.
On the far wall is a large pot rack to show off your cookware or for great and easy storage. Or maybe for both good reasons. This is an eat-in kitchen, perfect for breakfast or snacking or for just relaxing while you cook up a wonderful meal. The gas range has four burners for cooking and an elongated middle burner for grilling. The range also glides in and out for easy cleaning. Above, a workhorse over-the-range microwave makes coordinating a meal so much easier. The stainless steel Blanco sink, with steel sink grid and wire mesh basket, is deep and can easily accommodate a cross-sink strainer for food prep and large pots and pans and a quantity of dirty dishes when washing up. The counter to the left has plenty of space for a dish-drying rack.
When the kitchen was renovated, the number of electrical outlets was doubled. This will allow you to be flexible with your counter-top appliances allowing you to arrange your counter space however you choose. Also, a brand new subfloor was installed and topped with new matte-finished oak flooring to match the oak floors in the rest of the home.
The gold picture rails, seen elsewhere in the residence, are carried into the kitchen tying it together with all the other rooms. And, as in the other rooms, the windows and screens were new installs in 2011. When open, a cross breeze is created if the living room windows are open at the same time.
Manuals for all appliances will be left behind for easy reference.
Scroll through the other kitchen photos below for detail.
The cabinetry to the left.
The breakfast nook.
French Door Refrigerator with bottom freezer. 26 cu. ft.
Blanco stainless steel sink with Kohler faucet.
The cabinetry to the right.
Or for a bistro-like setting.
Five burner gas range.
Looking back to the entryway.
The three bedrooms had moving boxes in them (alas) when these pictures were taken. We took pictures to provide a sense of at least one of them without showing the long wall of boxes. Regardless, you should know that all three bedrooms are almost equal in size. There is no "Junior" or "Flex" arrangement here; this is not a two bedroom home with an odd space listed as a third bedroom. The Master Bedroom is approximately 11' x 18'. The 2nd Bedroom is also 11' x 18'. The 3rd bedroom is 10' x 16'. Generous.
There is a ceiling fan with lights in the center. The air conditioner, removed during the winter months, will be left for you. We used Air Wave (airwaveac.com) here in The Bronx to help us install it.
The Master Bedroom has an en suite Bathroom. There are two closets in addition to the measurements above. One of those closets, though not technically a walk-in, is large enough to step into completely to retrieve whatever you have inside. It has its own built in light inside.
To see the whole of all three bedrooms empty or to see them virtually staged, please visit http://www.dgneary.com.
Or come to an open house and see for yourself. Check http://www.dgneary.com for dates and times.
The Master Bedroom with en suite Bathroom
Remember, we are not showing the wall of moving boxes opposite the foot of the bed. We had two tall armoires (each one is partially seen above and below) in the corners and a wall of bookcases between them. This bedroom has plenty of room.
EN SUITE BATHROOM
The renovation included all new fixtures. The shower was previously a glass door enclosure framed by a hip and shoulder-hugging tiled opening. The previous shower ceiling was dropped for some reason. We gave the room air and space by pushing the shower ceiling up and removing the hip and shoulder-hugging tiled opening. We let a simple shower curtain do its work. It's so much easier now to step into and out of the shower. The subfloor, floor, walls and ceiling are all new. The white ceramic subway tile with blue mosaic trim on the walls, and the white marble with gray-microdot on the floor make the room feel much more clean and open. The dual showerhead is now mounted on the wall instead of right above the head, increasing the sense of more room. Two grab bars with trays were added in the shower. Towel knobs just outside the shower let you grab your towels and robe before stepping out. The Kohler pedestal sink has Moen fixtures, replacing a small, square wall sink. The new Toto bathroom bowl has a brand new dual flushometer. The dispenser and tile racks are Moen. The Quoizel triple lamps above the new medicine cabinet complete the picture.
The Common Bathroom
Between the other two bedrooms is The Common Bathroom. Located off The Middle Hall, this is also the bathroom for visiting guests. Many of the original burgundy and peach details and fixtures from 1941 remain. We replaced the old wall sink with a new Kohler pedestal sink with Danze fixtures. We added a grab-bar in the tub. We also stripped down multiple layers of built-up paint on the metal work of the two in-the-wall medicine cabinets, the in-the-wall clothes hamper, the steam pipe, as well as the door frames. A new Quoizel wall lamp was added replacing the single bulb fixture that was there previously.