Currently comprised of four apartments–two triplexes and two single-floor units—the seller of this impressively ornate 1903 townhouse at 7 East 88th Street hopes potential buyers will see it as a $29.95 million opportunity to create a grand Upper East Side single-family mansion. Situated just down the block from the Guggenheim, this stunning historic building comes with proposed single-family floor plans if you need any help visualizing life on five stories (plus an English basement) from the solarium to the basement gym. If five stories seem daunting, an elevator makes things easier.
Limestone and an elaborate Beaux-Arts style set the home apart from its neighbors on either side. Designed by architects James R. Turner and William G. Killian, the townhouse is 25 feet wide with a distinct façade that includes an entrance portico with paneled columns and a two-story oriel projecting from its middle floors.
A center entry foyer opens to the main staircase, where you’ll also find the elevator. Ceilings that soar to over 12 feet on the parlor floor and the generously-sized rooms you’d expect from a turn-of-the-century townhouse don’t disappoint.
As mentioned, the home is currently configured as two triplex and two simplex apartments; from the photos, interiors look sufficiently grand from all angles. The floor plan suggests a basement gym, a lavish master suite with a dressing room and four additional large bedrooms, but the options are many, from keeping a pied-a-terre with lots of income to following the suggested floor plan for a massive Museum Mile trophy property.
Dozens of oversized windows, a central skylight, and a glass-enclosed solarium bring in loads of sunlight. A gorgeous garden and a rooftop oasis offer, as the listing says, “a private alternative to Central Park.”
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Images courtesy of Leslie J. Garfield.
Neighborhoods : Upper East Side