An exclusive four-story townhome on one of Manhattan’s most attractive blocks has just popped up on the market, asking literally $5 less than $7 million. The Renaissance Revival home was built in 1890 by McDowell & Henry and still retains its unique Eastlake style details with four original fireplaces, historic wood shutters, and a stained glass skylight over the stairs. And that’s just the beginning.
Enter the home on the parlor floor, which is introduced by a restored brownstone stoop and original doublewide oak doors. Standout features on this level include an original box stair with restored ornate spindles on the banister and a fireplace with a detailed mantel. Head to the back to find a high-end stainless steel kitchen and a dining room with honey-colored wood wainscoting and a fireplace boasting an historic mantelpiece and inlaid tile. French doors open to a flight of stairs that take you down to the lush garden for an al fresco dining option.
Above, the third and fourth levels contain four generous bedrooms, including a remarkable master with a skylight that runs the entire width of the house. The master also has a walk-through closet and a renovated spa bath with a two-person shower and a Jacuzzi tub. The sleeping quarters has its own share of original details with a marble shaving sink, pine cabinetry, and a mantel in the front bedroom.
A spacious 17-foot by 50-foot garden floor is perfectly suited as a media and recreation space with double wide French doors that open to the gorgeous garden and its wall of ivy. Meanwhile, an unfinished cellar provides extra storage. Four skylights and oversized northern- and southern-facing windows on each floor create a bright, fresh setting to admire the home’s rich details.
145 West 88th Street was formerly the home of post-impressionist painter Louis Finkelstein and his artist wife Gretna Campbell. Located in the heart of the Broadway Corridor on the Upper West Side, this townhouse is just blocks from Central Park, with restaurants and shops right in its backyard. The coveted space is available for only the second time in 50 years.
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