What Does it Mean to Find a Home with Good Bones?

Good Bones Living Room

Over the years we have heard the words “good bones” thrown around a lot in real estate. However, only those of us who have been lucky enough to have sold in many luxurious buildings, truly know when to use this terminology correctly.

Good Bones apartment library

Most of these jewel apartments with good bones offer spacious foyers, grand rooms, long hallways, and incredible soaring ceilings. These apartments possess details like marble, casement windows, fireplaces, staff rooms with back stairs to the kitchen, and superb layouts.

Good Bones Hallway

The listing at 778 Park Avenue on the second floor is a great example of “good bones.” The private vestibule opens to an enormous foyer with high ceilings and incredibly well-proportioned rooms with amazing architectural details, perfect for entertaining.

Good Bones Bed

To name a few additional buildings with similarly “well-boned” apartments in Uptown Manhattan, there is 1220 Park Avenue, The Apthorp at 390 West End Avenue, 740 Park Avenue, 960 Fifth Avenue, 10 Gracie Square, 120 East End Avenue, 941 Park Avenue, and 1060 Fifth Avenue. Downtown, notables include Palazzo Chupi at 360 West 11th Street, The Puck Building, Walker Tower, Devonshire House, and many of the buildings on lower Fifth Avenue. After 16 years in the business, I am still amazed to discover incredible gems of apartments all over the city.

Some of course in the new construction condos, but I am always drawn to the incredibly built apartments that offer buyers a little piece of New York City history in their walls.