It’s hard not to be impressed by this 130-year-old limestone townhouse, built at 64 West 87th Street on the Upper West Side. The Jacobean Revival townhouse was designed by the 1890s architect Clarence Fagan True as a set of three—but this one is “the star of the show,” according to Daytonian in Manhattan. There’s an intricately carved facade with a four-story bay and an imposing stone porch with balustraded railings. It sold in 1895 to Lucius Nathan Littauer, a close friend of Theodore Roosevelt with his own political ambitions, and is known as the L. N. Littauer Mansion.
Today, the facade is intact and the interior has been completely renovated by Zivkovic Connolly Architects to add some modern upgrades to the old world charm. Despite the modern upgrades, there are plenty of historic goodies left, including a truly impressive plaster ceiling that sits atop a ceramic-faced fireplace and parquet floors.
You enter the townhouse through a Jacobean-style entry foyer, which has the original oak parquet flooring and oak wainscoting intact. Once inside, there’s plenty to explore. This is a six-story home on a 17-by-100-foot lot, and each floor is serviced by an elevator. In case you’re keeping track, there are: five bedrooms, five bathrooms, three powder rooms, four gas fireplaces, an outdoor garden, two outdoor terraces and two balconies.
Plenty of space within the townhouse has been dedicated to entertaining. In the huge dining room, there are the original wood ceiling beams and another ceramic fireplace.
The renovated kitchen has a limestone floor, soapstone countertops and backsplash, custom cabinetry, and many fancy appliances. Adjacent to the kitchen is a big refrigerated wine room.
Besides the formal dining room, there’s also a family dining room that leads out onto a paved garden area, about 510 square feet large. Back here, there’s a gas barbecue attachment.
The modern additions—like new windows—do blend in nicely with historic elements like moldings and the parquet floors.
Bedrooms are situated on the third, fourth and fifth floors. The entire third floor is dedicated to the master bedroom, a master study with its own fireplace and a master bathroom that comes with a heated towel bar and a claw-foot tub with chrome-encased feet. Off the bedroom is another balcony.
The fourth and fifth floors both have a pair of bedrooms, which all come with their own full bathrooms. The fourth floor has yet another terrace as well as a laundry room; then the fifth contains a balcony spanning the width of the building. Then the roof features a 365-square-foot terrace. This townhouse has the most impressive outdoor space ever!
Okay, so maybe this terrace could use a little sprucing up. Still, it’s an incredible amount of outdoor space in an incredible old building. This townhouse is now on the market for $12.95 million after last selling in 2013 for $5.125 million.
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Photos courtesy of Nest Seekers
Neighborhoods : Upper West Side