The grandest of the grand Upper West Side apartment houses, palatial, beautifully proportioned, The Belnord is as clean, austere, ageless and modern as its limestone sisters elsewhere in Manhattan. It retains its special distinction as a cosseting, private haven in the midst of its vibrant, lively Upper West Side neighborhood. One can easily imagine it was once a ducal palace. But its reinvention, while subtle and respectful, has also been well-considered, well-executed, and thorough for today's homeowner.
Entering The Belnord is an experience in itself. Its historically resonant, gilded wrought-iron gates send a subtle signal that something special and rare lies within. Through those gates, just past the elegant, new guardhouse, residents and guests alike enter a vaulted porte cochère decorated with original frescoes and arabesques.
One of the most important aspects of the reinvention of The Belnord is the reconfiguration of the courtyard’s circular driveway. Originally designed for horses and carriages, it has been widened to allow two SUVs to easily pass each other, with clever, unobtrusive pull-offs that enable several residents at a time to park just steps from their canopied lobby doors for easy loading and unloading of passengers and belongings. A second vaulted passage onto Eighty-sixth Street is reserved for exiting vehicles.