Urban Oasis THE BLOCK This lovely 20-foot-wide home is positioned in the heart of Carnegie Hill on a beautiful tree-lined block of East 93rd Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues. Just off Fifth Avenue and Central Park, the block is characterized by stately townhouses, each of which has a unique history. Beautiful landscaping and flowered tree wells further lend to the charm and peacefulness of the block.
THE TOWNHOUSE 14 East 93rd street was built in 1892 in the Romanesque Revival style as part of a row of six townhouses by Walter Reid, Jr. for his father, the most prolific developer in the area at the time. Fortunately, all evidence of the gracious living of the original floor plan remains, now perfectly balanced with the modern conveniences including five zones of air conditioning, a new kitchen with eat-in banquette and access to the garden, as well as beautifully finished baths. The blend of past and present gives this house a unique combination of elegance and comfort.
THE LAYOUT The ground floor features two entries, a formal entry leading to a generous foyer, coat closet, elevator, and the main staircase, while the service entry leads to a large mudroom connecting to the kitchen. The immense renovated eat-in kitchen with dumb waiter opens to the sun-filled landscaped garden. The garden level also features two powder rooms, access to the basement and separate stair leading to the service kitchen on the parlor floor.
The gracious proportions of the parlor floor make it ideal for entertaining on any scale. The north facing dining room and south facing living room both feature enormous windows with sunny tree views and one gas fireplace as well as one decorative fireplace. The service kitchen positioned behind the stair landing conveniently opens directly onto the dining room.
The master suite comprises the entire third floor with the master bedroom in the rear and an office in the front. The master bedroom has the unique benefit of a corner exposure with two south facing windows and one facing west. Two full baths and walk-in closets round out this floor.
The fourth floor has a large bedroom in the front with en-suite bath. The back is configured as a large recreation room with a 20-foot-wide skylight allowing sunlight to pour in all day. There is also a second bathroom on this floor just off the recreation room. The top floor contains two more bedrooms each with its own en-suite bath. The basement offers ample storage space and a full laundry room. The elevator services all floors of the house including the basement.
Whether you move right into this elegant home or modify it to your own personal style and taste, this handsomely proportioned townhouse captures the classic Carnegie hill floor plan that has long lured buyers out of apartments and into the varied possibilities of townhouses.