You know how there are some things that are ahead of their time? Well this five-bedroom residence at 48 West 85th Street is not one of them. If anything, it’s straight from Liberace’s vision board. The 6,000-square-foot home was listed for $13.8 million a year ago, but, alas, it must not have found a buyer. Now, for $30,000 a month you can travel back in time and enjoy over-the-top furnishings like “Baccarat crystal chandeliers” and “Tiffany dishes.”
The five-story, 20-foot-wide brownstone is divided into two units. An elegant stoop introduces the private entrance to the upper four floors. Inside there are 12-foot ceilings and “museum-quality” original detail (though some of it has been painted gold). A south garden and two terraces bring the outdoor square footage to 250 square feet. The art and furniture in the home is all from the late 19 century and early 20th century.
And yet, though this home may seem like a blast from the past, it has modern upgrades like central air. It’s also worth noting that the kitchen is shockingly subdued.
48 West 85th Street is a landmark brownstone built for a member of the Lehman banking family back in 1886. It’s located less than a block from Central Park, and a short walk from the Museum of Natural History. It’s also near the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, shops, and Columbus Avenue restaurants. Long and short term rentals are welcome.
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Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman
Neighborhoods : Upper West Side