163 East 64th Street
NEW YORK, New York.
This elegant Neo-Georgian-style townhouse, perfectly positioned on one of Manhattan's most desirable blocks in the fashionable Upper East Side, is the very embodiment of refinement and style. Originally constructed in 1872 in the Italianate style by the renown Nineteenth Century "Gold Coast" architect, John G. Prague, over a century later, this spectacular edifice has been architecturally reinvented, refurbished, and technologically transformed into a magnificent Twenty-First Century residence. As befits its position in this revered community, the street on which this residence is located has even established its own "Block Association"-"The East 64 Street Lexington to Third Avenue Neighbors Association." Generously funded by its members, it is devoted exclusively to the care and maintenance of this lovely block. Grand and distinct, this handsome twenty-foot-wide, four-level red brick residence, with its gracious ironwork and limestone detail, features fifteen well-proportioned rooms - including five bedroom suites, eight baths, magnificent twelve foot gesso ceilings, and a pristine, full-height basement. The bedroom suites, located on the upper levels of the home all have fireplaces, ample baths, and generously proportioned closets. The master suite, located on the fourth floor, is finished with fine-crafted mahogany cabinetry, and possesses an elevator that opens conveniently into the suite and all remaining floors throughout the home. A charming fourth floor anteroom of striped fabric and mahogany cabinetry leads one to a lovely - and private - rooftop garden perched among the trees. It boasts lush plantings, a handsome red brick enclosure adorned with arched and delicate wrought iron openings, and a statuesque bronze fountain. The impressive Louis XIV-style paneled living room, located on the second floor of the residence, features ten canvas inset panels in the style of the French Rococo oils on canvas "Pursuit of Love" and "Blind Man's Bluff," and were inspired by the Fragonard Room of the Frick Collection. The adjoining, elegant Belle-Époque-style American walnut bar seamlessly ushers one's guests from the living room into the formal dining room. The bar's Lalique-inspired North Wind and Universe glass ceiling, together with its intricately-patterned and fan-shaped inlaid wood floor, makes it one of the most inviting rooms in the residence. The neighboring dining room is also quite exquisite. It features large crown moldings, a truly impressive Rouge Royale Louis XIV-style marble fireplace, an elegant Nineteenth Century Viennese crystal chandelier and a parquet de Versailles floor. A warm, intimate library is also located on the second floor and features moldings of English pine that date back to 1872 and a French, Eighteenth Century bronze "Sea Nymph" chandelier. An adjacent powder room rounds out the graceful entertainment spaces located on the second floor. The ground level comes complete with a spacious, eat-in chef's kitchen that features a triple door Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf stove, Miele dishwasher, Trie sink, walk-in wine storage, a service staircase that ascends to the dining room, and a door that leads to an intimate and cozy rear garden. Also located on the ground level is a private gymnasium that is equipped with a full bath. Below, the impressively large finished basement boasts full-height ceilings, a temperature-controlled walk-in wine cellar, a walk-in cedar closet, a laundry room, and storage rooms. A separate service entrance located at the front of the residence facilitates the deliveries of caterers and allows for the easy movement of staff. This stately home is located just a short walk from the City's finest shops, restaurants, museums and galleries. It is approximately 7,800 square feet with additional FAR available to add a 5th floor, as well as the opportunity to expand to a 40 foot wide mansion by purchasing the