SOLD: An exceptional 6 bedroom townhouse over ground plus 5 stories and basement, including an indoor basketball court in Manhattan's Upper East Side district of New York City, USA.
This magnificent 25 foot wide, 6 bedroom, 8 bathroom property is spread over 7 floors and includes a delightful planted rear garden. The main entry opens onto a gracious front hall clad in 24 inch white marble diamond floors and an 18th Century French marble fireplace that can burn wood or gas. The entry leads to a powder room, lift, the mudroom (for removing footwear, wet clothing etc) and the kitchen. There is a commercial hydraulic lift servicing all floors of the house at 100 fps.
A chef’s kitchen with radiant heated floors, central island and wood burning fireplace opens onto a glass roofed informal dining space which in turn opens onto the 25 ft wide rear garden with an irrigation system with timers. Both front and rear gardens are laid with bluestone paving stones.
On the parlour floor, all the flooring is quarter sawn oak with mahogany borders and both the living and dining rooms include 18th century fireplaces capable of burning either wood or gas. The dining room with Stark Tour de Monde wall panels faces north and opens onto a 25 ft wide terrace overlooking the rear garden. A serving kitchen connects to the rear stairs leading to the kitchen which is ideal for entertaining. There is also a powder room on this floor.
The master bedroom is on the third floor and is filled with closet space. Scalamadre silk wall coverings are used in the bedroom, the bathroom has a stall shower, Jacuzzi, Onyx floor and walls, and a marble fireplace. The bathroom connects to an office or library allowing for private access to the entire master suite.
The fourth floor has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. The leisure facilities on the fifth floor set the standard for New York residential living. It has a theatre quality media room with rear projector, surround sound, kitchen with SubZero refrigerator and eating area. On the southern side of the floor is a half basketball court and games room with a vaulted ceiling.
The sixth floor comprises a guest suite or accommodation for staff and a private terrace facing north.
The basement, with French 18th Century tile flooring, includes a bathroom and is useful for extra storage and laundry.
Additional features of this renovation include: stainless steel laundry chute, two laundry rooms (basement and fifth floor), 7 zones of air conditioning, radiant heat in kitchen and all bathrooms as well as covered radiators, HVAC system is humidification ready, alarm with central station CO2 and Smoke, phone system with CAT5 wiring throughout, Crestron for A/V, copper roof and dormer flashing, and new high efficient water heaters.
In January 2017, the Q line extension, known as the Second Avenue Subway was opened. Residents east of Second Avenue can now easily reach almost any destination in New York City. This improved transportation will result in even better restaurants and shops in the area.
THE UPPER EAST SIDE:
The Upper East Side is old-style, luxe Manhattan where white-gloved doormen welcome you to your apartment building and where New York's most exclusive shops are on your doorstep.
Museum Mile has the highest concentration of galleries and museums in the city, some of the finest in the country including: The Guggenheim, the Jewish Museum, the Frick Collection and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Although the Upper East Side is best known for upscale real-estate, well-known prep schools and designer boutiques, affordable apartments and relaxed living are easy to find in this quiet and bright neighbourhood.
Some of America's most famous families have made their homes on the Upper East Side, including the Roosevelts, Kennedys, Rockefellers, and Carnegies - all real-estate pioneers in the early 1900s and who developed the neighbourhood into a beautiful and upmarket place to live.
For many, the Upper East Side is the ideal balance between cosmopolitan living and pastoral sensibility. The Upper East Side has steadily become a popular destination for the under-30 crowd and tends to move at a slower, more relaxed paced than other neighbourhoods in Manhattan.
The wealth of playgrounds, community centres, and schools make it feel like a suburb within the city whilst Central Park becomes your playground when you live on the Upper East Side with no shortage of options for running and biking.
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