25' TH: Cook, Play, Live With the January 2017 opening of the Q-line extension known as the Second Avenue Subway, residents east of Second Avenue can now easily reach virtually any destination in New York City. Improved transportation inevitably results in even better restaurants and shops and an upgrade in all services.
From the gated forecourt of this elegantly renovated 25-foot-wide townhouse, the limestone base of the faade reflects sunlight throughout the day. While the service entry leads to a substantial mud and cloak room, the main entry opens onto a gracious front hall clad in 24-inch white marble with black marble diamond floors and an 18th Century French white marble fireplace that can burn wood or gas. The entry leads to a powder room, elevator, the mudroom, as well as the kitchen. There is a commercial hydraulic elevator servicing all floors of the house at 100fps.
A chef's kitchen with radiant heat floors, center island and wood-burning fireplace opens onto a glass-roofed informal dining space which in turn opens to the 25-foot-wide planted rear garden. Both front and rear gardens are done with bluestone pavers. The rear garden has an irrigation system with timers. There is a service stair leading from the kitchen to the parlor floor dining room.
On the parlor floor, all floors are quarter-sawn oak with mahogany borders and both living and dining rooms include 18th Century French fireplaces capable of wood or gas. The dining room with Stark "Tour de Monde" wall panels faces north and opens to a 25 foot-wide terrace overlooking the rear garden. A serving kitchen connects to the rear stair leading down to the kitchen ideal for entertaining. There is a powder room on this floor with marble mosaic tiles and Sherle Wagner finishes.
The master bedroom on the third floor is replete with closet space both inside the bedroom and along the dressing room leading to the full bath. Scalamadre silk wall coverings adorn the bedroom. The master bath with radiant heat flooring includes a stall shower, Jacuzzi tub, onyx floor and walls, as well as a marble wood or gas fireplace (original to the house) creating an intimate and elegant setting. The master bath connects to an office or library which faces south onto East 85th Street allowing for private access to the entire master bedroom suite.
The fourth floor includes four bedrooms: two that share a full bath in front, two that share a full bath in the rear. All baths feature radiant heat and marble floors. The fifth floor includes a theatre-quality media room with rear projector, surround sound, a complete kitchen with SubZero refrigerator and eat-in area, while the southern portion of this floor features a half basketball court and game room with a vaulted ceiling and skylight. There is a full bath, storage room for basketballs and equipment, truly making this the gold standard for "hang-out floors" in New York residential living.
The sixth floor guest suite is ideal for company or live-in staff, featuring a full bath and a private terrace facing north. The basement, complete with French 18th Century tile flooring, serves as storage, laundry, mechanical room, game room, and includes a full bath.
Additional features of this renovation include: stainless steel laundry chute, two (2) laundry rooms (basement and fifth floor), 7 zones of AC, radiant heat in kitchen and all baths as well as covered radiators, HVAC system is humidification ready, alarm with central station CO2 and Smoke, phone system with CAT5 wiring throughout, Crestron for A/V, copper roof and dormer flashing, and new high efficiency water heaters.