Located between Fifth and Madison Avenues on arguably one of the most attractive Townhouse blocks of the Upper East Side, this approximately 10,080 square foot home went through a three year renovation which was just completed in January 2017.
The current facade was erected in 1922 in a Neo Georgian design by architect William Lawrence Bottomley, who was commissioned by Henry A. Wise, a former United States District Attorney for the Southern District of New York under Presidents Taft and Roosevelt. The handsome five story Townhouse sits on the south side and in the middle of this quiet, tree lined historic block right across the superb Joseph Pulitzer Mansion.
The lengthy renovation involved a total transformation of the entire space from several apartments into a truly elegant, sleek, light, airy, contemporary home -- A tour de force.
One enters this home at street level through an inviting limestone vestibule leading to a 32' by 20' Greek marble gallery. The gallery is flanked by a gas fireplace on one end and a very grand marble staircase on the other. It includes a modern high speed elevator which serves all floors, from the basement to the enchanting roof garden.
Behind double doors is a very large, state of the art, eat in kitchen which includes an informal dining area and a wall of windows with direct access to a 30ft deep, south facing planted garden. The kitchen also has a back stair servicing the main Formal Dining Room directly above it. A powder room and very large closet complete this floor.
The ascending grand staircase leads to an extremely bright parlor with a 25' long landing, a beautiful 20' by 22' Front Living Room with a wood burning fireplace, looking right into the exceptional Stanford White architecture of the 1903 Pulitzer house through three floor to ceiling windows, and on the other end of the landing, an almost 20' Formal Dining Room overlooking the planted garden. There is an additional powder room on this floor. This parlor is ideal for seamless entertaining.It has a very lofty and open feel from the Living Room to the Dining Room. It is also perfect for Art display.
An discreet staircase leads to the private quarters of this home which start on the third floor.
The Master bedroom occupies the entire Third floor. The very generous 20x23 Master bedroom has a wood burning fireplace with pretty views of this historic block, and connects to the Master bathroom through either the floor's landing or through the 23' fitted dressing room. The gold veined Calcatta marbled Master Bathroom has exceptional proportions, double vanity, separate shower, and an all marble deep tub.
The Fourth and Fifth Floors:
These two levels offer four very comfortably sized bedrooms, ranging from approximately 19' by 18' for the smallest one to 20' by 19'8" for the largest. Each of them has a private ensuite marble bath. The south facing Fifth Floor bedroom also has a wood burning fireplace. Each of these floors offers great storage and closets.
The lower floor of the house has a 44' long open loft space which would offer great flexibility in use. In addition there is a staff bedroom complete with full bathroom. On the south side, a wall of windows lead to a patio with a staircase leading back to the garden. A large laundry area is located on the opposite side of this floor as well as access to the brand new mechanicals in a separate room.
The cherry on the pie is the truly attractive planted roof garden with stone pavers, outdoor woodburning fireplace, lovely southern magnolia trees and trellised walls. A beautiful and cozy haven with enchanting City views for outdoor relaxation or entertaining.
The residence comes with the latest technology in heating and cooling systems controlled individually from small touch screen panels in each room, a sophisticated video intercom system conveniently located at each landing as well as an irrigation system for both outdoor spaces, with an automatically timed sprinkler with rain sensors. The two outdoor spaces are in excess of 1900 square feet.
This Townhouse was designed for today's living in quiet elegance and taste. The renovation emphasis was to create the largest possible rooms which can only be found in very wide Townhouses. Its neutral palette in cream and white tones will allow the new owner many options in design.
In the particular niche of Townhouses currently offered for sale on the Upper East Side's Gold Coast, many are beautiful homes but most may be renovation projects. This offering is in move in condition and on the perfect historic block between Fifth Avenue and Central Park on one end and on the other, the most exclusive cultural environment, Art galleries, Museums, the upscale dining experiences and the world's most elegant fashion designer's stores on Madison Avenue.