Mon, Jun 27, 2016

Real Estate & Property
Manhattan townhouse on market for $18m

A newly renovated 19th century Brownstone townhouse in central Manhattan offering 8,000 sq ft of living space has gone on sale.

Specialist luxury townhouse realtor Leslie J Garfield is marketing 41 West 70th Street, a stunning, newly remodelled townhouse dating to 1891 and originally master-designed by architect Gilbert Schellinger in the Renaissance Revival style. Located on the most prestigious block on the Upper West Side of New York City, 41 West 70th Street is available at $17.65 million.

The current owners of the property have used an architects practice to comprehensively and sympathetically renovate the home. Providing over 8,000 sq ft and 26 rooms of living and entertaining space, including up to six bedrooms, the house is spread over six floors, and is served by a passenger elevator.

The skillful refurbishment of the property was carried out with no expense spared, inspired by and using similar materials to those chosen by Olmstead & Vaux, the designers of Central Park. The overall focus was on maximising light and flow to each floor, uncovering and maximising the original features including the original 120-year old beams and parquet flooring.

41 West 70th Street showcases modern interior design with the warmth of the Mediterranean, with pared-back finishing including solid white oak flooring, subtle cream-coloured brick feature fireplaces, and loggia terrace.

Richard Pretsfelder, Partner at Leslie J Garfield, commented: “This is a beautifully presented property, located just half a block from Central Park. Recently renovated to a high standard, no detail has been spared; with the designers making the most of locally sourced materials such as bluestone, pigmented stucco, limestone, clinker and Roman brick.

“The property provides two floors of entertaining space and is complete with both a gymnasium and media room. A particular highlight is the elegant garden-facing loggia, which is perfect for entertaining or re-enacting Romeo and Juliet’s famous balcony scene.”                          

Stone steps lead up from the street to the raised entrance. On entering the property, the open plan living areas reveal themselves; the raised ground floor provides a formal parlour, informal living area and pantry for entertaining. To the rear of the living room, filled with light by tall steel casement windows, is a sunny portico overlooking the rear garden.

The lower floors of the property have been given over to entertaining space, with the ‘garden floor’ featuring a large family kitchen with a central island, finished with white stone worktops and wooden cabinets. A stylish adjoining dining room provides space to seat up to 10 people. To the rear, the back garden is paved and laid with mature flowerbeds, whilst an airy sun-room is also accessed from the rear of the kitchen. A study, with adjacent guest washroom leads to the paved front yard.

The basement provides space for a playroom or gymnasium, along with separate staff quarters with en-suite bathroom, laundry room and plant rooms. It also benefits from two light wells to the front and back of the property.

The upper floors of the property feature equal-sized bedrooms, each complete with statement fireplace. On the third floor, the master suite includes a beautifully appointed walk-through bathroom, with separate bathtub and shower, as well as his ‘n’ hers washbasins. The rear bedroom has the added bonus of a spacious study overlooking the garden, whilst the library has views of the townhouse-lined streetscape through the stunning original bay window.

Both bedrooms on the fourth floor feature en-suite bathrooms, with a separate laundry room completing the floor. The rear bedroom opens onto an airy terrace, which provides views over gardens and the Upper West Side cityscape and on to Central Park.                                                                                             

The uppermost floor of the property also has two rooms, both with commanding views to the front and rear of the property, which share a walk-through bathroom and separate adjacent pantry. This floor could provide the perfect space for a teenager, offering both a den/study and bedroom.                         

Located just half a block from Central Park, 41 West 70th Street is ideally placed for the best of living in central Manhattan.

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