Well within the gracious walls of 135 East 79th Street, one of the Upper East Side‘s most coveted–and expensive–condominiums, this nearly 5,000-square-foot elevator duplex is for all intents a townhouse that feels like a penthouse. Except it’s a maisonette, complete with separate street entrance and backyard. It’s also a condo, with access to the top-notch amenities one would expect from a recent big-ticket Carnegie Hill development. The unit first sold for $11.8 million in 2014 to convenience store heir Gerald Erickson, Jr., but he re-listed it just a month later, with the added benefit of over-the-top interiors, for a considerably elevated $18.4 million. It doesn’t look like things have changed much since then, but the maximalist pad has just reappeared on the market with an $18.995 million price tag.
This unit in the coveted condominium building–about which architecture critic Carter Horsley says, “After 15 Central Park West, this is the best pre-war-style apartment building in the post-World War II era in the city,”–was designed by William Soffied with interiors by I Grace Company.
A gracious entry foyer opens to a gallery that surrounds a sinuous custom-designed floating staircase.
A private, landscaped terraced garden, by landscape designer Madison Cox, faces the neighborhood’s elegant townhouses.
The light-filled apartment offers an expansive living room, formal dining room, and an eat-in kitchen with large separate pantry. Carefully considered architectural details include high ceilings, white oak herringbone-patterned floors, custom-designed plaster moldings, and Nanz cast hardware.
The bespoke Christopher Peacock hand-painted kitchen boasts statuary marble slab counters with custom-carved edges, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Wolf six-burner range, a Miele dishwasher, a filtered water system, a Sub-Zero wine refrigerator, and additional fittings designed specifically for the building.
Arrive at the second floor via private elevator and you’ll find a kitchenette, a large master suite with custom closets, and five additional bedrooms.
This palatial pad is definitely suited for grand entertaining as the listing promises, and for “the display of fine art and elegant living–while still affording a serene and intimate lifestyle with all of the comforts of home.”
For all the privacy and space, you’ll still get to partake of the venerable building’s doorman and concierge services, garden, exercise room, yoga room, fireplace-blessed residents’ lounge with private catering kitchen, lots of storage and more.
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Neighborhoods : Upper East Side