Stuyvesant Square Park Civil War-Era Townhouse with a Tranquil Garden
On a quiet, tree-lined block steps from Union Square and Gramercy Park sits 219 East 17th Street. This stately, classic townhouse offers historical charm, exceptional light, and a delightful garden that is part of a contiguous row of lush outdoor spaces. Thoughtfully renovated in 2002 by second-generation owners, the townhouse was given a modern upgrade with a new façade, roof, copper plumbing, electrical systems, and central air conditioning. It is now configured as a four bedroom, three bath, single-family townhouse with a separate apartment suite in the English basement.
The interior is gracious and adaptable to suit any lifestyle. Each room boasts original details from marble mantelpieces and ornate plaster moldings to the wide staircase with coffin corners. The parlour floor maintains a sense of formality, but functions much like a modern great room with an open layout and gathering areas on both sides of the kitchen. The upper floors can host two additional common spaces, such as a sitting room or library, or be solely dedicated to private bedrooms, which would bring the total to six within the main home.
Real New Yorkers dream of finding a townhouse with rich history along with both privacy and a vibrant neighborhood. With an unbeatable location–the elite Friends Seminary, East Village eateries, Trader Joe’s, year-round Greenmarket, and subway access are all nearby–219 East 17th is that townhouse.
A separate entrance adjacent to the front stoop provides access to the townhouse’s English basement. The front of this floor contains several storage areas including closets, a vault, and mechanical room. The rear of the basement is occupied by a nicely proportioned junior one-bedroom that looks out onto the townhouse garden.
A vestibule with arched transom windows and pocket closets creates a lovely entrance to the parlour floor of the townhouse. The front of the floor is a formal sitting room that includes an original marble hearth and mantelpiece as well as original plaster mouldings on the ceiling. The center is occupied by an openkitchen with an island and plenty of cabinet space. A dining room sits at the rear of the parlour floor, featuring a mantlepiece, built-in shelving, and a wall of glass doors that allow in sensational light from the rear garden. The layout of this floor is ideal for entertaining, with the centralized kitchen anchoring the sitting room and dining room. When the glass doors are open, there is a natural flow out to the rear terrace and garden below, which has a slate surface, privacy fence, mature trees, and the best bird-watching in Manhattan as neighbors have spotted 40 species of feathered friends!
Upstairs on the third floor, double doors open to both front and rear rooms. Both rooms boast eleven-foot ceilings and can be used for entertaining or as more private, informal spaces such a study or bedroom. The front room has wonderfully tall windows with shutters and an original mantelpiece. The third floor rear also has an original fireplace mantel. There is a full bathroom and convenient, separate laundry room on the floor.
The fourth floor of the townhouse hosts two bedrooms and a central bathroom. The front bedroom is flooded with light from the south-facing windows and has two closets. The rear bedroom features a marble mantelpiece and two windows with garden views. Both rooms have marvelous plaster crown mouldings.
The fifth floor contains two more generous bedrooms. Notably, the rear-facing room is enchanting as its windows are framed with verdant ivy and make the room feel as if it is part of the secret garden below. A full bathroom, linen, and cedar closets complete the floor.
The townhouse cellar is a bonus, as it is the only house in the row that has this extra storage space. Perfect for a wine cellar, it is accessible through a hinged trap door in the floor of the basement apartment.
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