Finishing Touches Underway on Vandewater at 543 West 122nd Street in Morningside Heights, Manhattan

Vandewater. Photo by Michael Young

Construction is now almost fully complete on Vandewater, a 385-foot-tall, 33-story residential tower at 543 West 122nd Street in Morningside Heights. Designed by INC Architecture & Design and developed by Savanna, with SLCE Architects as the executive architect and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. as the landscape architect, the structure yields 183 condominiums with sales led by Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing. The property is bound by Broadway to the west, West 122nd Street to the south, West 123rd street to the north, and Amsterdam Avenue to the east.

Vandewater. Photo by Michael Young

Vandewater. Photo by Michael Young

The final component of the property awaiting completion is the landscaped courtyard outside of the main lobby. This portion of the site is still surrounded by tall metal scaffolding, sidewalk barriers, fencing, and wooden boards, though these should be disassembled in the coming weeks. For now, the entrance is only accessible via a narrow passageway that maneuvers between the unfinished portions of the sidewalk and plaza.

Vandewater. Photo by Michael Young

Vandewater. Photo by Michael Young

The tight grid of windows and intricately sculpted and recessed panels warmly shine in the afternoon sunlight, highlighting their Art Deco patterning.

Vandewater. Photo by Michael Young

Vandewater. Photo by Michael Young

Vandewater. Photo by Michael Young

Homes at Vandewater range from studios starting at $920,000 to four-bedroom residences going for $6 million. The property also contains 24,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor residential amenities that include a cobblestone motor court, a 24-hour attended lobby, concierge service by Luxury Attache, a salon, great room, and club room. It also features a fitness center curated by The Wright Fit with a quiet energy room, a 70-foot-long lap pool, a pet spa, a practice room, a children’s playroom, a private outdoor dining terrace, and landscaped gardens. The closest subway from the building is the 125th Street station, serviced by the 1 train, two blocks to the north. The sales gallery is now relocated to the building.

Closings have begun and Vandewater is slated for completion this year.

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19 Comments on "Finishing Touches Underway on Vandewater at 543 West 122nd Street in Morningside Heights, Manhattan"

  1. David : Sent From Heaven. | February 6, 2021 at 8:16 am | Reply

    In the next 20 years, beauty remains with the building. Even if it rains or the sun will come out, it doesn’t reduce its size: Thanks to Michael Young.

  2. David in Bushwick | February 6, 2021 at 9:03 am | Reply

    Beautiful and expensive.

  3. I really like the art deco influences and how the base turned out.

  4. 543 West 122nd Street is probably the most impressive yet also the most beautiful new building in Morningside Heights. If I had the money, Vandewater would definitely be on my (long) list of buildings to live in. What a great building.

  5. LUCIE KOPPLEMAN | February 6, 2021 at 10:30 am | Reply

    with all the beauty of this building does anyone think we may get escalators that work? Or perhaps an escalator that works for more than a day or two? what a nice neighborhood that would be

  6. All true but I feel they made a classic development mistake of overshooting their market (too much luxury at too much cost). Very simply put, the location will not be able to command these prices – covid or no covid. The street itself is not especially welcoming. A more modest well designed and less expensive building with fewer amenities would be more successful at this location.

  7. Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing is now handling sales.

  8. Why would you pay almost $1 million for a studio in Morningside Heights?

    I don’t think it’s all that gorgeous either.

  9. Bello

  10. 920k for a studio in w Harlem? Gtfoh

  11. Please send an application for a two-bedroom affordable apartment by email.

  12. Beautiful building, but way overpriced for West Harlem. They need to improve the area a lot to get those prices.

  13. Vandewater is situated midway between the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses of Columbia University, the most expensive college in America (according to US News). Perhaps some of the wealthier students will opt for buying a unit at Vandewater, rather than living in university-owned housing.

    • Most of the students are on financial aid. I doubt they can afford a million or two for an apartment. Not sure who they are going to attract in this area with no businesses. More start ups need to come to the area.

      • You are correct to say that most students can’t afford an apartment at Vandewater. That’s why I mentioned that it is the wealthier (many of them international) students who might opt to buy a unit there. Most rich young folks I know would prefer NOT to live in a college dorm and have to share a bathroom with half a dozen other students!

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