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La Residence

1080 Madison Avenue

Between 81st & 82nd Streets

1080 Madison Avenue

1080 Madison Avenue from the southeast

By Carter B. Horsley

This restrained but elegant, limestone-clad, apartment tower was erected in 1981 and for its time was quite a "modern" intrusion into this sedate neighborhood. It is a condominium and has only 35 apartments.

It was developed by Jacques Têzé of Sefrius, an American subsidiary of Union Internationale Immobilière, and designed by Thierry W. Despont and Emil Steo.

The building, known as La Residence, has a one-step-up entrance that leads to very handsome, paneled lobby with a concierge. The building has some handsome balconies inset in the tower's base facing the avenue, some 13-foot-high living rooms, discrete air-conditioners and mahogany-framed windows. It has no garage, no health club, no sidewalk landscaping and no roof deck.

It is across the avenue from the attractive, red-brick P.S. 6, one of the city's best public schools and one block away from the entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue. It is just to the north of the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home and there is a coffee shop on the same block just to the north. This neighborhood has attractive boutiques and two supermarkets are a few blocks away up Madison Avenue. There is good bus service but the subway is several blocks away at 86th Street and Lexington Avenue. An entrance to Central Park is nearby at 80th and Fifth Avenue.

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