This lavish townhouse could easily pass for a Parisian or Italian home, but it’s, in fact, hiding behind a traditional brownstone facade on the Upper East Side. Located at 234 East 61st Street, the four-story residence is part of the ultra-exclusive Treadwell Farm Historic District, which encompasses only two blocks. Though it was built along with its neighbors in 1873, the house underwent a unique interior renovation in 1910 that added its 21-foot vaulted ceilings and rear, arched addition that opens to the magical south-facing garden. Other stylistically unique architectural elements that have made their way in include the wrought iron railings, ornately carved marble fireplace, and etched glass windows. After last selling in 2006 for $7.9 million, it’s now asking $13.9 million.
The house offers 4,600 square feet of interior space. It’s not clear if the moldings, ceiling medallions, and oak floors throughout are original. According to the listing, there is available FAR to build an additional floor (though it’ll need LPC approval).
The kitchen is perhaps the most modern part of the home. It has custom cabinetry, granite counters and backsplashes, a six-burner Viking hook, wine fridge, and banquet seating area.
On the second floor is the dining room overlooking the living space below. It has a dumbwaiter and can easily seat 14.
The master suite takes up the rear end of the third floor. It has a fireplace, large ensuite bath, and private terrace.
In the front of the third floor is a cozy library with yet another fireplace, a wet bar, and walls of built-ins.
There are two additional bedrooms on the fourth floor, both of which have fireplaces and ensuite baths.
The garden is particularly European looking, with brick pavers, climbing ivy, and large, arched wrought iron doorways.
The Treadwell Farm Historic District, incorporating the blocks of 61st and 62nd Streets between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, was designated in 1967, one of the very first districts to be landmarked after the founding of the LPC in 1965. As Friends of the Upper East Side explains, it “was named for the Treadwell family, who owned the undeveloped land in this area beginning in 1815. Most of the buildings are four-story row house constructed between 1868 and 1875. Today, the district is appreciated for the way it reveals the design aesthetic of the 1910s and 1920s.”
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All images courtesy of Douglas Elliman
Neighborhoods : Upper East Side