Constructed in 1872 by notable architect John G. Prague and situated on a superior block on the Upper East Side, 163 East 64th Street offers 8,000 square feet of both grand and comfortable townhome living...with additional air rights that will allow an upward expansion of 1,400 square feet.
Onlookers readily remark on the distinguished raked limestone and red clay brick facade on this stately five-story residence. The facade was restored by the same craftsman that worked on Saint John the Devine. While only residents and guests have the pleasure to step from the hustle bustle of the City streets across the bluestone radiant heated sidewalk pavers through a secure, gated entry into the majestic garden floor. Once inside, you'll find inlaid marble floors, mahogany doors, a powder room, and hand painted Chinese panels on the walls. While stepping through the art gallery styled foyer you'll get a sneak peek of the grandeur of the home.
An impressive alternative to the beautiful spiral staircase is an original, elegant and pristine 1923 Otis elevator servicing all floors. Passengers will note the detailed parquet floor, beveled-mirror panels and painted trompe l'oeil.
With five contiguous rooms, the second floor is an entertainer's dream. The mirrored French receiving area provides immediate delight as you glance up at the impressive Russian-styled chandelier. You can relax in the handsome and welcoming library surrounded by personal tomes, elegant art and richly carved wood panels. The moldings of English pine date back to 1872. A heavy dark green marble fireplace add to the warmth and intimacy of this room.
Continuing through you'll enter the music room featuring a large grand piano, the heart of the home for social gatherings and cheer. The walls are lined with beautifully painted canvas panels in the style of Fragonard's "Pursuit of Love" and "Blind Man's Bluff" that were inspired from the Frick Museum. In a manner that welcomes entertaining, complimented by a state of the art audio-visual system that continues throughout the entire floor.
Readily adjacent to the music-filled living space is a full service American walnut demi-lune bar base topped with thick green marble. A semi-spherically patterned, custom inlaid wood floor provides a dramatic counterpoint to the Lalique-inspired sky lit glass ceiling depicting the North wind.
Time to gather for a meal...the formal dining room can comfortably seat 16 guests yet this banquet room remains intimate and romantic with its Rouge Royale marble fireplace, lyrical 19th Century Viennese crystal chandelier and parquet de Versailles floor. A trio of soaring windows look out across the treetops to neighboring townhomes nestled into this special corner of New York City.
Down a discrete stairs, just below the dining room, at the back of the garden level is a well-proportioned chef's eat-in kitchen. Features include walk-in wine storage, large marble kitchen island, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf stove, Meile dishwasher, and Trie sink. In addition, the parlor level is home to a small gymnasium, a quiet outdoor patio, and a separate service entrance for deliveries.
When it is time to retire from the evening's festivities the third floor offers three separate and serene sleeping quarters. Two of the three well-proportioned bedroom suites posse their own fireplaces, large closets, and en-suite baths with beautiful marble and onyx finishes. The third bedroom, currently utilized as a staff suite, has its own full bath and private staircase to the dining room and garden level kitchen.
With an expansive fourth floor deluxe master suite, the owner can seamlessly move from the well-portioned bedroom with large walk-in closet and luxurious master bath to the adjoining yet private formal home office or media room. The master suite enjoys direct elevator access as well as custom mahogany built-in cabinetry.
Bring clients or guests through a light-filled room lined with custom bookshelves to the dining terrace, which feels like you're in the south of France. Red brick archways frame wrought iron enclosures; blue stone with rich green marble offers radiant heat to effortlessly melt snow and ice. In warmer months, the bubbling of the bronze terrace fountain mingles with the chirps of the birds...It's easy to forget you are in New York City.
The immaculately maintained basement level ensures the household runs smoothly. Features include full height ceilings, a window, a walk-in cedar closet, a temperature-controlled wine cellar, laundry room, storage closets and an impeccable mechanical room.
Architectural Style: Rowhouse