This charming top floor apartment is located in the townhouse at 247 East 49th Street, in Turtle Bay. It’s just a few doors down from Katharine Hepburn’s longtime New York home–she lived more than 60 years at 244 East 49th Street. If you’re willing to endure the fourth floor walkup you can also call the block your home, as well as this $4,000/month rental apartment loaded with prewar details.
The combined living and dining area faces south, with light coming through three arched sash windows that overlook the trees along 49th Street. Many of the townhouse’s original details remain in great shape, including the recessed shutters, hardwood floors and a wood-burning fireplace. Our favorite detail is the built-in shelving that flanks the windows.
A more modern open kitchen–with charcoal gray lacquer cabinets and marble wall tiles–has been integrated into the prewar space. A Carrara marble kitchen island hides storage space on either side, while two skylights above bring on light. It’s one major benefit of being on the top floor!
The renovated bathroom boasts a cast iron tub and subway tile flooring.
Both the bathroom and bedroom boast a curved glass transom above their solid wood doors, bringing in some light to both rooms. The bedrooms also has its own sash windows with recessed shutters, which face north over the townhouse’s garden, a working brick fireplace, exposed brick and a wall of closets.
The building, located between 2nd and 3rd avenues, was built in the 1890s. Katherine Hepburn’s old block is completely charming, lined with trees and townhouses.
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Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s
Neighborhoods : Turtle Bay