Lincoln Square is the name of both a square and its surrounding neighborhood within Manhattan’s West Side.
Located at the intersection of West 65th Street and West 66th Street at Broadway and Columbus Avenue, Lincoln Square is the heart of what once was one of New York City’s worst slums. Thanks to an enormous revitalization effort in the 1950s and 1960s, the neighborhood now bears little resemblance to its distant tenament days.
Today, the Lincoln Square area is primarily known for the arts and cultural institution of its namesake, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which the New York Philharmonic, NYC Ballet, NYC Opera and Metropolitan Opera all call home.
Destinations like ABC-TV studios, where several popular daytime “soaps” used to be filmed, Columbus Circle, LaGuardia High School (made famous by the movie and later television series Fame) and the Juilliard School make the neighborhood an enormous draw for tourists and locals alike.
Proximity to mass transit, quiet side streets, and a family-friendly vibe have made Lincoln Square an increasingly popular spot for homebuyers. Between 2000 and 2010, the population increased 11 percent. And residential construction in the area has been booming to meet the growing demand.
Here’s a brief round-up of what’s available with a budget of under $5 million in the Lincoln Square new condo market:
1. 350 West 71st Street
Developed by DNA Development, 350 West 71st Street is situated on a landmarked block. It will house a total of 38 units when complete, ranging in size from 1,012 square feet to 2,438 square feet in two- to four-bedroom spacious floorplans.
The classic brick and stone facade has been meticulously preserved, while DXA Studio brought a bevy of modern finishes to the interiors.
Amenities include: a library, gym, and private garden.
Pricing for available units starts at $1.7 million.
2. Two Waterline Square
Two Waterline Square is located at 30 Riverside Boulevard. Developed by GID Development Group, the community’s towers were designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and are positioned to give residents fantastic views of the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge, and the city skyline.
High ceilings and oversized windows frame water and skyline views, and the light-filled interiors are enhanced by a rich selection of natural materials.
Amenities include: a basketball court, video and photography studio, dog washing station and a music recording studio.
Pricing starts at $1.9 million.
3. Three Waterline Square
Developed by GID Development Group, Three Waterline Square is situated at 639 West 59th Street and is part of the Waterline Community. It was designed by architect Rafael Viñoly and features a unique faceted shimmering glass form. It houses 47 units in all, ranging in size from 903 square feet to 2,518 square feet.
Homes feature ceilings that rise nearly ten feet high, with gently sloping walls of glass that offer a wealth of natural light and picturesque views of the Hudson River and Waterline Square Park. Kitchens are open and blend with living spaces. Exquisite design details include elegant stone and wood selections.
Amenities include: a bowling alley, tennis court, children’s party room and a 30-foot rock climbing wall.
Pricing starts at $2 million.
4. One Waterline Square
One Waterline Square, developed by GID Development Group, houses a total of 56 residences that range in size from 1,497 square feet to 2,466 square feet. It was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architecture firm Richard Meier & Partners Architects, and commands a full city block in its prominent waterfront location where Midtown meets the Upper West Side.
The dazzling Champalimaud-designed master bathroom features bookmatched marble slabs and discreetly enclosed showers and water closets. Residences offer open floorplans and stunning views.
Amenities include: massage treatment rooms, an indoor soccer field, indoor lap pool and a music room with piano.
Pricing starts at $3.8 million.
5. One West End
One West End was developed by Silverstein Properties and Elad Group and has a total of 246 units, ranging in size from 2,246 square feet to 5,371 square feet. It was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli with interiors by Jeffrey Beers International, and is the first condo project to come to market in the Christian de Portzamparc-designed Riverside Center — a rising new neighborhood just four blocks from Columbus Circle.
Units include wide plank flooring throughout, zoned climate control, and laundry closets with a washer and dryer. Master bathrooms boast heated floors. Kitchens feature a full suite of Miele appliances.
Amenities include: a spa, pool with cabanas, games room and a treatment room.
Pricing starts at $4.9 million.