After being “restored to a level of museum polish that goes well beyond a house-tour gloss” (according to The New York Times) and setting the record in 1996 for the highest price on the Upper West Side, this one-of-a-kind, dazzling mansion is back on the market. Immaculately maintained, the six-bedroom, six and a half-bath townhouse has retained the gorgeous original details that infuse every corner, while augmenting them with opulence by Jonathan Rosen Interiors.
From the moment you ascend the stoop and see the granite and terra-cotta façade, you can tell that this is a special house. Architects Hugh Lamb and Charles Alonzo Rich faced the garden and parlour floors in “peachy-pinky” rough-cut carved granite, and the top three floors in pale golden iron spot brick and terra cotta. Elaborate wrought iron ornamentation crowns the front door. In the terra cotta surrounds of the third floor windows, keystones shaped like armored knights can be seen. The splayed lintels of the fourth floor windows are complemented by scallop shells at either end of the sills. And the fifth floor continues the theme, with huge terra cotta shells filling the arches of the windows; smaller scallop shells flank the fifth floor façade and adorn the terra cotta cornice. Winged cherubs hold up the iron spot brick pillars that frame the cornice.
In the entry way, you can see the beginning of the original woodwork that defines so much of this home. In fact, 95% of the woodwork in this building is original. A 400-pound original door, hidden in the wall at first glance, can be closed behind the wood and glass front door, or left flush against the wall for extra light. And that’s just the beginning.
With a wealth of original details, renovated flourishes, and spacious rooms to bask in the sunlight, this Renaissance Revival 20-footer is one of the best townhouses on the Upper West Side. Original wood-burning fireplaces, two peaceful outdoor terraces, Juliet balconies, an elevator, a top-of-the-line sauna, and an enchanting stained glass skylight are just the beginning. The signature ceiling-height French casement windows and doors on every floor give a sense of grandeur and elegance. The magnificent coffered ceilings and original woodwork on the parlour floor will dazzle you and your guests. . Illustrious former owners include fashion designer Perry Ellis and Rolling Stone co-founders Jane and Jann Wenner.
The townhouse has been lovingly refreshed with newly painted walls, refinished floors, and an upgraded kitchen with polished marble and Viking appliances. The bathrooms are appointed with unique Art Deco fixtures from London’s Savoy Hotel. This grand home is in mint condition and ready for you to hang your art. And, with Central Park just a breath away, this location is truly beyond compare.
Rent: $45,00o / month
Newly Renovated Eco-Townhouse with Elevator on Prime Park Block
53 West 71st Street
This sunny and stunning single-family home will dazzle you with its openness and luxury. Tall windows flood every floor with sunlight, and a double-height ceiling on the garden floor makes a striking impression. With four different outdoor spaces and a coveted location, this is a home that will bring you endless delight.
Baxt/Ingui, premier residential architects, are currently giving this home a breathtaking brand-new renovation, which will give this house not only new splendor, but state-of-the-art systems. This is a “passive house,” which means it has been completely sealed against drafts. As a result, you have an ultra-efficient, ecologically sound home which takes less energy and money to keep warm, while keeping out noise and pests. A sophisticated ventilation system tempers the fresh air that constantly flows into the house. Triple-glazed windows are “passive house” certified and landmark approved, preserving both warmth and elegance.
Create 21'-Wide Single-Family Mansion on Prime West 70s Block
140 West 75th Street
140 West 75th Street is ready to become one of this city's premier residences. Its whopping 21 feet of width earns it a place among the most sought-after townhouses in Manhattan. It already boasts 6,926 interior square feet, not counting the cellar level. There is enough remaining FAR to build approximately 3,400 additional square feet, according to PropertyShark, pending zoning and historic district regulations. Consult your architect. The approximately 600-square-foot, south-facing garden is to die for. The moment you step outside you are sure to fall in love. Best of all, the house is fully renovation-ready. Appropriate paperwork to vacate the house has been obtained by the current owner. It can be delivered vacant, allowing you to start plans for construction almost immediately.
This is your opportunity to join the elite club of Upper West Side single-family elevator townhouse owners, by investing only a fraction of what you would pay for a finished home of this caliber. Finished homes of this width on the Upper West Side have consistently tickled the $20 million mark. These West 70s blocks have proven especially valuable. Here on West 75th Street, number 22 sold for $18,850,000 - a house that was the same width as 140 West 75th Street. 26 West 76th Street and 47 West 70th Street both sold for over $19 million when finished, and 47 West 70th Street was a foot narrower than 140 West 75th Street. Market indications confirm that this home has the potential for a similar sale price, once it is fully finished as a deluxe elevator single-family mansion. Investors know that even if you invest $3.5 million in a deluxe renovation, you will still be positioned to potentially make millions upon resale.
20'-Wide Townhouse in Prime West 70s - Create Your Dream Single-Family
144 West 73rd Street
Situated at the center of a row of historic, single-family homes, 144 West 73rd Street is a 20'-wide, five-story townhouse ready to be renovated into your deluxe, single-family elevator mansion. This classic, Queen Anne brownstone can be delivered vacant. Bring your architect, and get started right away. Stop just dreaming of owning a single-family mansion on Manhattan's coveted West 70s, and start designing your custom home!
Finished, 20-foot, single-family elevator townhouses nearby have broken price records over the past few years. The West 70s, in particular, have proven themselves to top the category of "location, location, location." Finished homes on these blocks, including 22 West 75th Street, 47 West 70th Street, and 26 West 76th Street, all grazed the $20 million mark in the past few years. 144 West 73rd Street is poised to be next on that list. Since there is potential for a sale price near $20 million, even after a $3.5 million luxury renovation, you will still be positioned to potentially make millions upon resale.
“White Box” Elevator Townhouse on Perfect Park Block
23 West 69th Street
On a tree-lined street just steps away from Central Park, this vacant “white box” twenty-footer is ready for your vision. The best and brightest architects will vie for the opportunity to design a single family mansion at this prestigious address. Choose to create your single family home now, or enjoy nearly $400,000 in annual rental income until you are ready to renovate. Newly envisioned luxury floorplan and virtual Parlour Floor rendering are now available.
Convert this extra-wide neo-Georgian mansion to the single-family home of your dreams, or move into the luxurious owner’s unit and collect rental income! High ceilings and majestic sweeping space, rare for a townhouse, define this secluded home. Located a short walk from Lincoln Center, this cul-de-sac block provides privacy as well as the advantages of a side street populated with turn-of-the-century townhouses. Designed by George Keister, an architect famous for such New York landmarks as the Apollo Theater, the Beaux-Arts style Belasco Theater, and the American Airlines Theater (Roundabout). He also designed the McAlpin-Miller House, which was purchased by the Carnegie family and is now part of the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design.
Deluxe 25-Footer in Prime Brooklyn Heights
118 Remsen Street
This building is a rare treat indeed: A 25-foot townhouse in a prime Brooklyn Heights location. With incredible ceiling height on the parlour level and 83 feet of depth, the spaciousness alone will stagger you—and everything about this building is top-notch. The façade is in immaculate condition, and the mechanicals are world-class. Brilliant sunlight floods in through huge windows. The space is currently configured as a spectacularly renovated owner’s triplex plus three floors of one-bedroom apartments. Live-with-income, or configure this as a lavish single-family home. With eight different subway lines just steps away, and the quaint shops and restaurants of Brooklyn Heights around the corner, this location—just one subway stop out of Manhattan—is simply ideal.
Vacant 25-Foot Clarence True with Original Details
311 West 91st Street
Enjoy the soaring ceilings, extravagant width, and original details of this lovely Clarence True original. Original details permeate the building, with exposed brick, fireplaces on each floor, a Juliet balcony, and original oak paneling throughout. This home is situated on a lovely townhouse block; Clarence True designed the entire block. The unique top duplex features a dramatic double-height ceiling and splendid light. With twenty-five feet of width, a sizable garden, and great bones, this building is perfectly suited to become a single-family or live-with-income opportunity. It is currently configured as three units: a floor-through garden apartment and two luxury duplexes. Bring your contractor. Building will be delivered vacant.
Beaux Arts Elevator Townhouse with Breathtaking Double Height Ceiling
103 East 91st Street
This gorgeous Beaux Arts townhouse in Carnegie Hill is truly one-of-a-kind. From the moment you enter, the scope of the double height living room takes your breath away. The ceiling in the entryway is impossibly high, and you can see more than eighty feet back, all the way to the garden. Original wood-burning fireplaces, charming round nautical windows, and stunning mahogany woodwork permeate this unique home. With the amount of sunlight that comes in on a sunny day, between the copious windows and the four skylights on the top floor, you’ll think you left the lights on.
This house was owned in the 1950s by Patrick Dennis (also known as Edward Everett Tanner III), creator of Auntie Mame. Many of his decorative flourishes have survived to the present, and great care has been taken to create convenience for the 21st-century owner: every floor has an audio/visual intercom, and central air conditioning has been installed, with three zones. There are two different outdoor spaces, both with their own lighting and irrigation. And the Carnegie Hill location simply cannot be beat; it’s just one house off the corner of Park Avenue, a brisk seven-minute walk from Central Park and Museum Mile.
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