The Residence With an exquisite position on the north side of a coveted tree-lined block of East 70th Street, this 36 foot-wide mansion is characterized by excess of natural light, soaring ceilings, and over 10,000 square feet of elegant space. An uncommon width, this townhouse is positioned on a 100 foot deep lot resulting in a massive, mature planted rear garden measuring 36 feet wide by 42 feet at its deepest point.
Entering the garden level, the foyer leads to a 31 foot long gallery as well as a front office with a window onto East 70th Street, ideal for security or conversion to a mud room. The gallery, which leads to a rear living room, and view of the garden, features a powder room as well as access to a staff suite with en-suite bath, kitchenette and walk-in closet. There is a coat closet, elevator access, and basement access from the gallery as well. The rear of the garden floor includes a large living room with a wet bar, a bedroom with a full bath, a double-height wall of glass and staircase ascending to the parlor, and access to the rear garden.
The parlor floor ceilings measure 11'6. The rear of this floor features a living room with a wet bar and fireplace which steps up to a formal dining room. From the dining room a service kitchen connects to the main eat-in kitchen in the front of this floor. The kitchen opens onto a media room with a fireplace.
The third floor has two bedrooms, convertible to three, and both bedrooms feature en-suite baths, spacious walk-in closets, and access to a large sun room which spans the full 36 foot width of the townhouse. There is also a powder room on this floor as well as a 16 x 13 foot terrace accessible from either bedroom.
The fourth floor master suite includes an enormous master bedroom with a wood-burning fireplace, direct elevator access from the sitting room, and two banks of custom-built walk-in closets as well as a large bathtub, stall shower, and twin sinks. From the fourth floor master suite there is an internal stair, wide and lined with bookcases, which leads to two private offices on the fifth floor, ideal for two persons each seeking a private space of their own. The rear of the fifth and top-most floor is configured as a large gym with a terrace, sauna, full bath, and a walk-in closet. The basement level houses the building mechanicals and provides ample storage space.
Extraordinary Blocks This is the only block in New York where three houses are owned by billionaires. Extending from park to Third Avenues, these blocks have been called a masterpiece of culture rather than of narrow architectural decisions.
Once home to Si Newhouse's art collection, this townhouse has the benefit of being located outside of the Landmarks Historic District. Gut renovated in 1996, this 10,000 square foot mansion possesses an uncommon width of 36 feet, flooded with sunlight on the north side of this desirable townhouse street. While in mint condition, ready for a buyer to move in tomorrow, there exists tremendous potential to refashion this massive space to suit any number of elegant arrangements for living.
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