Gracious Renaissance Revival Townhouse
This elegant four-story Renaissance Revival townhouse was built in 1893 as one of six original Victorian brownstones that form the West 71st Street Historic District, a quiet, architecturally harmonious, tree-lined cul-de-sac on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. During the early 1930s, the building was redesigned into six apartments by the famous architect Emery Roth.
The property has since been restored to an exacting standard and returned to its former grandeur as a private residence. The 5,000-square-foot floor plan includes six bedrooms, five bathrooms and two powder rooms, a living room, formal dining room, a fully-equipped chef’s kitchen, a finished basement, as well as a coveted rear garden and rooftop terrace.
The entrance leads to a grand foyer with beautiful oak floors, paneled walls, and an intricately carved staircase, which ascends to the parlor level. Farther along is a beautiful kitchen with granite countertops and a gracious bedroom. Glass doors open from the bedroom into a tranquil garden with southern exposure; it features a stone terrace surrounded by foliage, and a curved staircase, affording convenient access to the parlor level kitchen, dining room, and living room.
The centerpiece of the parlor floor is a light-filled living room adorned with two chandeliers, crown moldings, an impressive wall-inset bookcase, Tiffany-style glass cabinets, a wet bar, and three floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the 71st Street Historic District. Off the living room is a marble-clad powder room. The formal dining room features a gas fireplace, high ceilings with a grand chandelier, light wood wainscoting, and parquet floors. Adjoining the dining room is a spacious eat-in kitchen, including custom-built wood cabinets with a Sub-Zero refrigerator that blends into the design, GE Profile ovens, and two Asko dishwashers. Sliding and screen doors open to a curved staircase leading to the garden, below.
Situated at the front of the house, the grandly proportioned master bedroom boasts 11-foot-high ceilings, original hardwood floors, a gas fireplace, and spa-style marble bathroom with Jacuzzi and glass-enclosed shower. Three tall windows flood the room with light. The third floor also includes a powder room and double doors to two rooms, which could serve as a guest bedroom, study, or library.
The fourth-floor landing features a decorative stained-glass skylight. A hallway leads to three bedrooms, one full bathroom and a powder room, a laundry room, and a stairwell to the roof deck. Ideal as an entertaining terrace or herb garden, the space is protected by wrought-iron railings and a finished floor and offers views of the Hudson River.
A stairway leads from the garden level to a large finished basement with laundry area and mechanical room.
Many of the 19th-century details have been restored to their original splendor. The ornate brownstone façade is distinguished by wide bands of classically inspired carved foliate ornament and carved-stone molding. Among the decorative interior finishes are wainscoting, hardwood floors, a carved wooden staircase, soaring ceilings of up to 13 feet with crystal chandeliers, and working fireplaces on every floor. These splendid period features meld seamlessly with 21st-century luxuries, including top-of-the-line kitchen appliances, contemporary bathrooms, and a brand-new air-conditioning system.
The property is in a quintessential Upper West Side setting, just a block to Riverside Park and the Hudson River Greenway, three blocks to Central Park, and close to the shops, restaurants, and cultural treasures of Lincoln Square.