on the most sought-after block in Chelsea and steps from the Highline lies a
five- story treasure. This single-family townhouse is a harmonious blend of
timeless formality and loft-like flow. Built in 1856, it has been meticulously
maintained and thoughtfully renovated to suit any decor palate. The width of
each room has been maximized with plaster to plaster construction while
ensuring the preservation of nine original fireplaces as well as the gorgeous
banister and newel post. Maple floors with walnut surrounds elegantly flow from
room to room, and custom oxidized metal lighting fixtures and curtain rods
designed by Jerry Van Deelen offer a unique continuity of style throughout.
rear of the home boasts gardens galore. With both landscaped and hardscaped
areas, this greenspace is a true oasis from the hustle and bustle of downtown.
Located on the “Fifth Avenue of Chelsea.” This home is perfectly situated
directly across from Clement Clarke Moore Park. This will guarantee
unobstructed sunlight and views from its front facing windows and fabulous
roof. It is also near the renowned Avenues World School. This six bedroom, five
and a half bathroom townhouse truly has something to offer every new owner.
the garden level of the townhouse and delight in rich cherry wainscoting
throughout. The front room is perfectly configured to serve as a home office or
a bonus bedroom, as it has a private full bath. Moving to the rear of the floor
you will discover a powder room and large family room. This informal area has a
fireplace, built-in bookshelves that match the wainscoting, and plenty of
natural light pouring through the French doors leading to the manicured, sunny
garden. The original rope-operated dumb waiter rises through all five floors of
the stately stoop to the parlour level and behold soaring ceilings, maple
flooring, and an open layout that is welcoming to guests and family alike. The
formal front room is incredibly spacious and well-appointed with a beautiful
fireplace and lovely window seat. It is ideal for entertaining and can
accommodate both living and dining areas. The main elegant staircase features
an original banister and newel post and sculpture niches that any art collector
will adore. Opposite the staircase is a gorgeous wall of cabinets and a
wall-to- wall counter made of a distinctive verdant streaked marble.
the rear, pocket doors open to reveal a sleek kitchen design that integrates
one of the nine fireplaces. The kitchen is in the ideal location for the
configuration of the townhouse. Highlights include slate countertops, frosted
glass cabinetry, and two sets of French doors that lead to a stunning blue
stone terrace. Exterior steps lead down to the garden for convenient access to
your gas grill.
third floor hosts a luxurious master suite. The spacious front room is flooded
with sunlight coming from two large windows that open up to Juliet balconies
and a park view. The rear bedroom has the same window configuration and access
to the dumb waiter. Boasting many original details, including marbles
fireplaces in both rooms, moldings, and transom windows above the doors, the
master suite is a beautiful retreat. A centralized bathroom has three areas
including a water closet with a bidet, bathtub, and a walk-in closet all
separated by pocket doors.
fourth floor has two bedrooms with ample closet space. The front bedroom is
sunny and has a wonderful fireplace. The rear bedroom is designed for serenity.
It features Japanese rice screens that open to reveal a fireplace, custom
shelving, and a Murphy bed. Two full bathrooms complete the floor.
fifth floor front bedroom features a marble fireplace from 1856, bookshelves, and
a hidden Murphy bed. The rear of the floor hosts two bedrooms with garden
views. One has a fireplace, the other custom-built shelving. There is a central
full bath, linen closet, and laundry room.
townhouse roof currently houses a utility room that holds the water tank and
boiler. Accessed by spiral stairs, it has the potential to be a glorious roof
garden - a highly coveted commodity in Chelsea. Bring your architect, and
imagine all the ways to capture skyline and Clement Clarke Moore Park views!
Interesting and Fun
Clarke Moore Park a.k.a. The Seal Park (ask any five year old) is named after
the famous writer and American Professor. In 1837 Moore claimed authorship of
an anonymous poem called “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (Later known as “Twas the
Night Before Christmas”).
Lawrence Murphy invented and applied for his first patents around 1900 (most
famously, the Murphy bed). Per Wikipedia, “according to legend, he was wooing
an opera singer, but living in a one-room apartment in San Francisco, and the
moral code at the time frowned upon a woman entering a man’s bedroom.”