House: Wednesday, January 17th
Home to iconic actress Katharine Hepburn throughout her long
career (1931-1990s), this renovated single-family brownstone epitomizes New York
elegance. Now you can join Katharine Hepburn, Bob Dylan, Stephen Sondheim, and
E.B. White on the long list of New York artists and icons who have resided in
the celebrity enclave surrounding Turtle Bay Gardens, a picturesque private
The interiors of this townhouse have been updated to meet
contemporary standards of luxury while preserving their historic character. The
kitchen and bathrooms have been renovated with custom stone tiling,
top-of-the-line appliances, and stylish fixtures. Meanwhile, historic details
remain, including graceful floor-to-ceiling windows, wood-burning fireplaces,
and ornate mantelpieces. Katharine Hepburnís original built-in mirrored vanity
is a classic Hollywood touch.
Fall in love with this homeís Italianate garden, complete
with a Renaissance-style fountain. Then step out into Turtle Bay Gardens, a
lush oasis that few New Yorkers are ever privileged to explore.
main entrance leads you into the stone-tiled foyer. On your left is a
newly-renovated eat-in kitchen. With a stainless steel Sub-Zero refrigerator as
well as a six-burner Viking range and double oven, this is truly a chefís
kitchen. The dining area includes a built-in breakfast table with benches.
Passing through the butlerís pantry with china cabinets and wine refrigerator,
you reach the rear dining room. A wood-burning fireplace, wall sconces, and
hardwood floors make this room warm and inviting. A wide set of windows give
light while a glass door opens to the garden.
garden is one of the most peaceful in New York. Dine on the multi-level
flagstone patio among flowering shrubs and berry-laden bushes. Nearby, water
burbles from the mouth of a carved stone fish embraced by a cheerful putto.
After dinner, stroll in Turtle Bay Gardens, a private pocket park accessible
only to residents of the surrounding townhouses. Rest momentarily on one of the
gardenís hidden benches before discovering one of several babbling Italiante
fountains amid the abundant greenery.
the stairs you reach the parlour level, with extremely high ceilings and
elegant details. The rear living room has floor-to-ceiling windows with period
shutters, as well as a wood- burning fireplace and carved wood mantelpiece.
Pass through the butlerís pantry, or through the hallway and down three
graceful steps to the front parlour. This romantic room has a wood-burning
fireplace and marble mantel, hardwood floors, and three floor- to-ceiling
French doors leading to a Juliet balcony.
master suite is refined and spacious. The rear bedroom contains a wood-burning
fireplace, hardwood floors and high ceilings. Three windows overlook verdant
gardens; nearby, you can take advantage of Hepburnís mirrored vanity. The
master bathroom is renovated to include a glass-walled shower as well as a
claw-foot soaking tub and twin sinks. The front room could be a bedroom or
library with an archway to a comfortable study.
front bedroom includes three tall windows, hardwood floors, and a renovated en
suite bath with a glass shower and dressing room. The rear bedroom also
includes an adjoining full bath with tub as well as a decorative fireplace.
unfinished level houses the laundry room, as well as extensive storage space
and building mechanicals.