Yes, one of history’s favorite First Ladies once called this Upper East Side place home. In fact, she wrote about her apartment in a column she had, called “My Day,” referring to it as her “new little apartment.” Today the building, part of the landmarked Treadwell Farm Historic District, is a single-family townhouse owned by investor Charles Ueng. He purchased it for about $9 million in 2011, spent $2 million renovating it, and now has it on the market for $18 million.
The five-story townhouse covers 5,200 square feet and includes four bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and two powder rooms. It’s divided into distinct private, guest, and staff areas, with standout details like decorative medallions and moldings, wood-paneled walls, wood-burning fireplaces, arched doorways, and marble mantels and floors. The first two levels feature elegant living spaces that are ideal for entertaining. Enter through a marble greeting gallery to find a wood-paneled living room/library with multicolored floor-to-ceiling leaded glass French doors that open to a landscaped garden with a stone fountain. A central spiral staircase takes you up to the second living room which features an outdoor terrace with a wrought iron balcony overlooking the rear garden.
The top-of-the-line chefs kitchen features high-end appliances and a dumbwaiter to a service kitchen below. The service kitchen has a separate street-level entrance, and stairs down to the basement level, which has finished staff quarters, including a bedroom with a fireplace and laundry.
For a master suite, you have a choice between the third or fourth floors, which both feature large bedrooms, wet bars, and bathrooms with steam showers, large bathtubs, and water closets (although the third floor has a slight edge with a fireplace in the bathroom). The third floor staircase can also be completely closed off from the rest of the home, which makes it a great option for a guest suite. The fifth floor has two spacious bedroom suites with skylights, and above is a fully decked and planted roof with city views.
211 East 62nd Street was built in 1873 for Thomas Kilpatrick, a builder known for creating the city’s first multifamily apartment building. The townhouse is elevator accessible on all levels, including the basement, and features multizone air-conditioning, security, and sound.
Photos courtesy of Fenwick Keats Real Estate
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