The penthouse at 1158 Fifth Avenue has just undergone yet another price chop nearly a year and a half after entering the market. The distinctive pad, initially listed for $17 million, has now made its way down to $9.95 million. Translation: someone is going to get a great deal on this Museum Mile penthouse with a lush terrace and a conservatory.
The home’s antique furnishings and old-world details, compliments of its interior and landscape designer owner Pamela Scurry and her husband Richard, are admittedly specific although fitting in theme. Right now the many pieces and varying prints seem to compete with the architecture. Perhaps removing half the clutter would mitigate the distraction and bring out more of the home’s true beauty. However, whether you appreciate the décor or feel it needs to be significantly pared down, you won’t be able to deny this home is a rare and exquisite find.
The lower level revolves around an entrance gallery with Italian ceramic tile floors and stained glass shadowboxes from Paris. On one end of the gallery is the corner living room, which features high ceilings with recessed lighting, a fireplace, and five large windows with views of Fifth Avenue, Central Park, and the George Washington Bridge. On the other side of the gallery is a large red dining room that inherited its bold color scheme from the home’s previous owners. This distinctive space can comfortably seat 22 guests. The chef’s kitchen has high-end appliances juxtaposed against antique wooden cabinets and copper countertops.
The remarkable second level features a Grand Palais-inspired master with a 16-foot high, glass conservatory. This conservatory has the en suite bathroom with an oversized marble jet tub and a dining area. From the conservatory step out onto the 66-foot wraparound English garden terrace with panoramic Central Park views. Off the terrace is a solarium with brass-framed French doors, stone floors, and a wood-burning fireplace. A second bedroom also opens up to the terrace.
1158 Fifth Avenue is a French Renaissance-style building built in 1924 and designed by C. Howard Crane and Kenneth Franzheim. Residents of the pet-friendly building enjoy a bike room, fitness room, and private storage, and the prime location is walking distance from some of the city’s best private schools.
Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s
Neighborhoods : Carnegie Hill