Remember the Sesame Street segment called “One of These Things is Not Like the Others”? (If you don’t, click here for a reminder). Well, it’s exactly what came to mind as soon as we saw photos of this gorgeous Upper East Side apartment located in Bridge Tower Place at 401 East 60th Street. The lush details in every room conjure up the French baroque style of Versailles with its lavish decoration and romantic elegance. Every room that is, except the beautiful but sorely out of place kitchen.
Granted, its bright window, wooden cabinetry, modern hardware, granite floors and counter tops, and stainless steel appliances make it a chef’s dream, but we couldn’t help feeling just a little disappointed. Until we discovered the actual kitchens in Versailles were located in the outbuildings, quite a distance from the palace, in order to keep any nuisances from the extravagant living spaces. Our guess is this home’s kitchen is far more luxurious than its Louis XIV counterparts. Somewhat mollified we proceeded to enjoy our peek into this spectacular 3BR/3.5BA residence.
The spacious living room is anchored by a dramatic floor-to-ceiling window, its custom drapery perfectly framing the unobstructed skyline view. Not to be outdone, the dining room has double the glass; every meal comes with a breathtaking panoramic view over 30 stories high. And we couldn’t get enough of how the fabric ceiling beautifully showcases the delicate chandelier hanging beneath its folds.
The master bedroom is every bit as sumptuous as you would expect, its muted palette punctuated by exquisite dual wall-mounted hanging glass light fixtures, crown molding, and custom shades and drapery.
And the master bathroom? We could live in that bathroom for days on end. A beautiful glass vessel sink adorns a marble countered cabinet and adjoining vanity, and a separate marble shower and soaking tub will bring a sigh of relief at the end of a long day.
With 10-foot ceilings, cove lighting, floor and ceiling moldings, maple floors, custom lighting, custom draperies and shades, hidden audio, and custom built-in cabinetry and closets, along with views of the Manhattan skyline, the 59th Street Bridge, the East River and the Roosevelt Island tram, every inch of this 2,000-square-foot home screams luxury – even that mismatched kitchen. And the amenities don’t stop there as the building offers residents a 24-hour doorman, concierge, health club with outside deck, children’s playroom, roof deck, bike room, private storage and garage. We’re not even sure if Versailles could compete with all that!
And while any child playing that Sesame Street game might easily figure out which room doesn’t seem to belong, we’re pretty sure Douglas Elliman agents Nancy Kaminsky and Joanne Firstenberg won’t have much trouble finding a buyer who does.