Step inside any prewar apartment on landmarked West End Avenue or stroll past the low-rise buildings on Amsterdam Avenue and you’ll find historic charm and a quaint feel — but you won’t see a lot of balconies or terraces jutting out.
The age of many of the neighborhood’s buildings, situated in two historic districts, is a major factor contributing to the lack of outdoor space, said Paul Zweben, a local resident and a residential real estate broker with Douglas Elliman.
“Most of the prewar buildings, they don’t have patios or an outdoor space. [For that], you’re predominantly looking at post-war buildings,” he said.
And those are in hot demand, Zweben noted.
Buyers or renters looking to move to the neighborhood tell him they want “space, light, a view and outdoor space.”
“It takes you out of the hustle and bustle of New York City; it’s like a sanctuary,” Zweben said of the quest for outdoor space, adding that he encounters a lot of apartment shoppers who are willing to forfeit indoor space in order to get a terrace or balcony.
Not including brownstones, only about 25 to 30 percent of the Upper West Side’s buildings have terraces or roof deck access, Zweben estimated.
Here are some of the local buildings with either outdoor terraces or roof decks on the market to rent or buy now: