In one of the city’s most charming residential pockets, a turn-of-the-century townhouse with a lovely combination of historic details and modern touches has sold for $6.25 million through a listing held by the Corcoran Group.
251 East 61st Street is a four-story brick home with an exceptionally rare two-story rear carriage house. The 5BR/3.5BA townhouse went through a recent renovation that included refinishing the hardwood floors and repainting the front facade and interior walls.
The home has six fireplaces, many of which, like those in the living and dining rooms, are ornately carved and Romanesque in style. Their classical intricacy pops against the all-over white walls, as do the dark floors. A crowning jewel of the home is its original, twisting mahogany staircase, which winds through the living room like a piece of art.
The first floor of the carriage house comes complete with a full kitchen and bath, as well as a double-height living room that features another fireplace and a skylight-filled ceiling. The mezzanine level has a spacious bedroom.
251 East 61st Street is the first house outside of the eastern bounds of the Treadwell Farm Historic District, but it shares the designated buildings’ late-19th-century elegant charm.
The Treadwell Farm Historic District is made up of East 61st and East 62nd Streets between Second and Third Avenues, and most of its buildings are four-story rowhouses built between 1868 and 1875. It was named for the Treadwell family, who owned this land beginning in 1815. Until around 1852, the area was farmland, at which time owner Adam Treadwell passed away and left the land to his heirs who then sold the lots to developers.
It’s likely that the family who constructed number 251 had a horse for which they constructed the carriage house. It features a triumphal arch design and has a small rose window. In front is a brick patio from which sprouts a beautiful old tree. What would you do with a backyard carriage house? Let us know below!
Photos courtesy of Corcoran
Neighborhoods : Upper East Side