Manhattan’s Upper East Side is filled with enormous private mansions with configurations that you’d never guess from looking at their tidy facades, and the five-story, 20-room bow-fronted house at 207 East 71st Street, asking $13.5 million, is no exception. This 10,550-square-foot brick manse, built in 1982, is one of three in a row erected by friends who happened to be prominent real estate professionals. In this particular case, the already massive house includes a long-term lease on the first two floors of the adjacent mansion, allowing for a 50-foot-wide garden–one of the widest in Manhattan.
Things start off classic, with a private gated entrance and an octagonal marble gallery with a cove ceiling.
The impressive living room has a double-height ceiling of just under 27 feet, plus a wood-burning fireplace and magical floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the home’s multi-tiered planted garden. Also on this floor are a paneled library with etched glass entry panels, and an Art Deco-inspired wet bar.
The aforementioned garden is one of the widest and most private gardens in Manhattan. Even better, there’s access and a view of this private paradise from many rooms in this spectacular home.
A wide staircase winds around a clear glass elevator up to the formal dining room overlooking the living room and garden. A lovely terrace awaits for pre-meal cocktails or morning coffee. Country kitchen fans will love the home’s sunny eat-in kitchen. A large pantry and a staircase leading to the service entrance for private deliveries add convenience to the kitchen experience.
The newly-renovated fourth floor contains two bedrooms, a media room and study, two baths and ample closets. The master bedroom suite spans the entire fifth floor, offering a skylit landing, two walk-in closets, two dressing rooms, and two master baths.
Downstairs, the first floor is a classic “English basement” with access to the park-like garden. You’ll find two staff bedrooms, seemingly endless storage, a large laundry room (with two washers and two dryers, of course)–and a wine room bigger than most studio apartments.
What sets this mansion apart: Included are two completely renovated floors of the adjacent 25-foot wide townhouse. On the first floor of this additional space is a wall of glass doors opening up to the garden and a loft-like space that contains a fitness room, open recreation room and family room, a wood-burning fireplace, a wet bar and a powder room. On the second floor are three additional bedrooms and more baths and staff bedrooms.
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Images courtesy of Douglas Elliman.
Neighborhoods : Upper East Side