The elegant carved limestone mansion at 35 East 68th Street on the Upper East Side is quite a standout, even in a neighborhood filled with historic architecture. 6sqft previously featured another duplex in the 13,000-square-foot Beaux Arts beauty that was built as a private residence for physician Dr. Edward Kellogg and grain fortune heiress Mary Dows by Carrere & Hastings, the architecture firm who designed the Frick Collection and the New York Public Library.
The landmarked mansion was converted into an eight-unit co-op apartment building, seven of which appeared on the market together last year for $34 million; but it looks like a sale never happened. Now another three-bedroom duplex is for sale, asking $3.95 million. Unlike the other listing, the home’s grand historic details are very much in evidence, from the gorgeous oak paneled living room with 14-foot ceilings to Tiffany stained glass windows and a wood-burning fireplace–complemented by a modern custom kitchen and accessible by an elevator.
This impeccably renovated three-bedroom home combines the original living room from one of New York City’s grandest mansions with modern conveniences like an eat-in chef’s kitchen, two renovated bathrooms, five-zone central air conditioning and an elevator.
Within the 25-foot-wide Beaux-Arts-style mansion, this duplex is anchored by that magnificent oak-paneled living room with the aforementioned high ceilings, bookshelves, arched south-facing Tiffany windows and a wood-burning fireplace.
The renovated custom chef’s kitchen has marble countertops, custom walnut cabinetry and top-of-the-line appliances. The black-and-white marble tiled floor ties together the standout elements of both eras, and open shelving and a mix of materials gives the space a loft-like, timeless look. Also on this floor is a good-sized bedroom and bath–perfect for guests.
Upstairs we find a gracious master bedroom and marble bath. The master has an enormous walk-in closet and gets plenty of sunlight. A second bedroom is up here as well. There’s a washer/dryer, plus additional laundry and storage in the basement. An elevator serves all floors of the eight-unit building for added convenience.
The building also offers a beautiful landscaped roof terrace and a security monitoring system. The Lenox Hill neighborhood, though, is not only safe, but one of the city’s most desirable, tucked among gorgeous townhouses and other historic buildings, a block (or less) from Central Park, Madison Avenue shopping, restaurants, museums and galleries.
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Neighborhoods : Upper East Side