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.

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4 Bedroom Federal Home in
Southport, Connecticut

A coastal gem! Historic home reimagined with no expense spared. Famed architect Jack Franzen and designer Tom Scheerer have created a truly stunning masterpiece of colonial living. Marvelous views of Southport Harbor, Long Island Sound, and the Country Club of Fairfield golf course. Take a stroll to Pequot Yacht Club, shops, restaurants and the train. This seaside home is the ideal New England estate.

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45 South Beach Drive, Norwalk, CT
Exceptional and totally renovated luxury seaside residence. Inspired by its original c. 1900 farmhouse roots, the home, moments from beautiful/private Crescent Beach and abutting Bell Island’s private open space land trust, offers incomparable views from just about anywhere in the 5,000+ sq. ft. of beautifully appointed living space. Enjoy an open floor plan, anchored by a spacious and fully-equipped central kitchen which opens to a beautiful family room, wrap-around deck, living room, and that’s just the beginning.

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53 Myanos Road, New Canaan, CT
The Gratwick House was designed by Mid Century architect Victor Christ-Janer and further enhanced and improved by important architect/owner Harvey Kaufman. Built in 1953, this 3,696 SF 4-Bedroom, 2.5-Bath home sits on a rise with gorgeous views of a stunning oval swimming pool. Large entertaining spaces with floor to ceiling windows look out to a sweeping lawn in back and manicured courtyard to the side. This house is the perfect culmination of architectural significance & livability.

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11 Musket Ridge Road, Wilton CT
Perched at the top of a roaring Silvermine River waterfall on almost 4 acres, the property spreads out into Wilton and New Canaan. Every inch of this home has been perfected to capture the timeless appeal of the river while exuding ultimate refinement and good taste. The architect-designed home captures river views and sounds, and almost every room opens to one of the magnificent decks or to a private balcony. Call Ileana Barns Slavin Associates-William Raveis at (203) 246-7215.

11 Musket Ridge Road

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