New York City in the 1980s saw an enormous building boom similar to the one we’ve recently been witnessing. And similarly, when it came to large residential developments, the emphasis was on the trendy and the luxurious to attract moneyed buyers. While the new-construction townhouse, integrated with apartment units as with The Greenwich Lane or left solo like Williamsburg’s Wythe Lane, is today a growing trend in luxury residential development, at the time this handful of townhomes at 245 East 93rd Street wasn’t, shall we say, as much of a thing.
City folk wanted city apartments-and still felt doormen equalled safety. But as in a much earlier time, a house in the city represents a certain kind of luxury, a self-contained home without the limitations that come with apartments. And though we may hear mention of the Trump Towers (1983) and the One57s more often, it’s refreshing to see a variation in what’s available to the discerning buyer.
Built in 1985, this 2,100 square-foot, three-story (plus lofts and terraces), three-bedroom townhouse, on the market for $3.45 million, is one of twelve that, along with a 33-story tower, comprise the 290-unit Astor Terrace condominium development. This unique home has a 20th-century-modern smartness–along with a spare, modernist look in dark red-grey brick and black-framed casement windows; a recent and thorough renovation has given it the benefit of contemporary luxury and convenience.
An unusual find among the apartment towers of Yorkville, this recently gut-renovated home offers townhouse living with the amenities of a full-service luxury condo. Enter the townhouse on the first floor through a gated front entrance and a private exterior vestibule.
A spacious, modern and truly professional-level chef’s kitchen includes custom cabinetry, lots of built-ins, a six-burner Viking stove and two dishwashers as well as striking design and attention to detail.
A large living and dining room at the rear opens up to double-height ceilings; a wall of glass and oversized glass doors open onto a spacious and private landscaped back patio garden.
On the second floor, an open landing offers a large closet, a full bath and a good-sized bedroom with big picture windows.
Stairs from the lower landing take you up to the master suite on the third floor, where a wall of windows overlooks the verdant gardens below. A chic and well-appointed master bath is just off the bedroom area.
Stairs from the master bedroom floor ascend to a fourth level, great for a bedroom, office or guest area, and tall glass doors open onto a private south-facing terrace. Custom-built extra-wide stairs reach a fifth-floor landing, currently set up as a bedroom.
Throughout, the home offers central air conditioning, a washer/dryer and abundant storage space, and you get full access to the building’s concierge and doorman, on-site garage, new fitness center, children’s playground, valet service and, perhaps best of all, a keyed private park. This classic New York City neighborhood is a short walk to Central Park and cultural stalwart the 92nd Street Y among a wealth of other favorites; the subway is just a few blocks away (and the advent of the Second Avenue line promises to bring even more convenience).
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Images courtesy of Leslie J. Garfield Real Estate.