Crunching numbers all day as one of the leading financial advisors at USB can’t be an easy task, so it makes perfect sense why Louise F. Gunderson chose to make this tranquil, inviting apartment her new home. The crystal-clear views of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park Reservoir probably don’t hurt either. Ms. Gunderson purchased a unit at 1035 Fifth Avenue for $4.75 million through a listing held by Lisa K. Lippman and Scott Moore at Brown Harris Stevens. The seller, Sylvan Schefler, head of the Investment Banking Department at Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc., likely had the same idea when he acquired the co-op in 1999.
The large single-pane tilt and turn windows of this 2BR/3BA home let in tons of natural light and perfectly frame the uniquely Upper East Side views. High ceilings and hardwood flooring throughout are two of the lovely prewar details, while updated touches like custom built-in shelving and charming window seats create a modern, urban feel.
Elegant details are in no shortage at this apartment — in the living room is a wood-burning fireplace with marble mantle and contemporary ceiling beams; the library has custom cabinetry and a wet bar; and the unit is entered through a 23-foot gallery located off a semi-private landing. There are also two staff rooms, an eat-in kitchen, and a formal dining room.
1035 Fifth Avenue was built in 1926 by prominent Upper East Side architect J. E. R. Carpenter, whose collection of luxury residential buildings includes 12 other high rises on Fifth Avenue. This Italian Renaissance pilazzo-style building at 85th Street has a 4-story limestone base and delicate balustrade at the top 16th story. In 1954 the building’s 78 apartments went co-op, and today residents enjoy amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, private garden, and full concierge services.
We may not be financial pros like this unit’s two most recent occupants, but the classic décor plus unbeatable location and views definitely amount to a real estate homerun.
Images courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens
Neighborhoods : Upper East Side