Built in 1899, this Carnegie Hill townhouse at 174 East 95th Street has another history claim: It has been home to some serious and dedicated behind-the-camera luminaries. The four-story townhouse was for a time the address of controversial Oscar-winning stage and screen director Elia Kazan (“On the Waterfront,” “East of Eden” and many more). The 4,240-square-foot, four-bedroom home is currently owned by veteran TV journalist Cynthia McFadden, who is now the senior legal and investigative correspondent for NBC News. A fine example of an Upper East Side townhouse, the home has been renovated with care using fine fixtures and finishes while preserving its 19th century grandeur.
The home’s flexible layout includes four bedrroms plus a home office, and three-and-a-half baths. There are 940 square feet of exterior space in the form of a gorgeous landscaped terrace and a sunny upper deck for plenty of warm-weather plans, and three wood-burning fireplaces ensure coziness in winter.
A gleaming marble-clad chef’s kitchen is located at the front of the garden level just down an entry foyer–an unusual configuration, but here it works. A formal dining room with a wood-burning fireplace abuts the kitchen, and a casual entertainment room opens onto that stunning, sun-dappled south-facing garden.
Perfect for entertaining, the second floor is where you’ll find the home’s grand living room with ceilings almost 11 feet tall. Next is the library, which also contains home’s second wood-burning fireplace. Just beyond the library doors you’ll find a decked and planted terrace.
On the classic Upper East Side home’s upper two floors you’ll find four bedrooms, an office, and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has the third wood-burning fireplace along with a brag-worthy marble-clad master bath. The townhouse is firmly rooted in the 21st century with creature comforts like central heating and A/C, custom closets, laundry and updated mechanicals in the basement.
McFadden bought the home for $5 million in 2013 and has now listed it for $6 million.
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Images courtesy of Corcoran Group.
Neighborhoods : Upper East Side