Though he didn’t design the building, Rosario Candela gifted this sumptuous three-story Upper East Side home to his daughter as soon as it was completed in 1913. The deed has only changed hands once since, and the residence maintains its period details, including cove ceilings, paneled walls, French doors, and exquisite crown moldings throughout. With a flexible and generous layout, the bright interiors feel more like a country escape from the city, with the added bonus of being only two blocks away from Central Park and a short walk from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The 4,500 square-foot space is now on the market for $7.495 million.
The sprawling upper floor features a series of reception rooms including a Jeffersonian foyer that leads into a formal living room complete with a wood-burning fireplace and an ornamental ceiling. The large dining room has original herringbone floors and painterly wall treatment.
These rooms combined can host 150 people while the dining room alone can seat 48. “Major dignitaries, institutional leaders, significant sports figures and corporate scions have been honored in these spaces,” the listing notes.
On the same floor, you’ll also find two bedrooms and a master suite with a dressing room. There are two full bathrooms, each decked out with custom Italian tile.
An eat-in kitchen features wainscoting and tiled columns, in addition to Sub-Zero, Viking, and Miele appliances (including a dishwasher and washer/dryer for convenience).
A brass-balustraded staircase leads from the kitchen to a smaller middle floor where you’ll find two studies or small bedrooms and a junior squash court/gymnasium. This floor offers easy street-level access and could be converted for those looking to upgrade their home office situation.
The listing mentions a range of pet-friendly details, including “a built-in sheltered and festooned private pet space and a street-viewing observation stair deck,” though they aren’t apparent in the images. The lower floor, originally a staff headquarters, offers a bedroom suite with a small kitchen and a separate bathroom.
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Neighborhoods : Upper East Side