The 11-story La Rochelle on Manhattan’s Upper West Side is often described as one of New York City’s most attractive late-19th-century buildings. It’s timeless elegance, which has long been a draw for television and movie location scouts, has only been refined since Fairstead acquired it. Indeed, a $66.5-million investment assured the ambitious restoration of all historical detail, both inside and out, while providing much needed improvements to what had been outdated building stock.
Now, high ceilings, large windows, and oversized layouts are matched with gourmet chef’s kitchens, wine chillers, dual sinks, and custom marble baths. Some apartments were combined to make room for larger families. Hallways and elevators have been modernized as well.
La Rochelle, which was Fairstead’s first market-rate property, is a landmarked, doorman building that boasts a best-in-class location, just west of Central Park.