Welcome to New York, Ryan Seacrest. The former American Idol emcee and now Kelly Ripa’s co-host on ABC’s morning show “Live,” moved to the city and recently landed luxurious new digs on the Upper East Side. Seacrest’s rental is at 34 East 68th Street in Lenox Hill and runs him $75,000 per month. The architects of the townhouse, Michael Chen Architects, rebuilt an entirely new structure inside of a 19th-century mansion, preserving its historic character while adding cool modern touches such as a 30-foot-tall vertical living garden, elevator, and sculptural staircase. As reported by the Daily Mail, the 11,000-square-foot home features 15 rooms with six bedrooms and five+-plus bathrooms.
In an interview with 6sqft, architect Michael Chen (who, though you wouldn’t know it here, specializes in micro-housing) said he wanted to respect the history of the building’s 1879 Neo-Grec structure but add contemporary touches. This is seen throughout the home, including the unique front and rear terra-cotta facades and the custom sculpted ceiling and black limestone flooring in the foyer.
On this level, there’s a cloakroom, powder room, kitchen and informal dining room. The kitchen is equipped with Cerused white oak cabinets, Calacatta Lincoln slab, as well as Gagganeu and Subzero appliances.
The parlor floor offers an open floor plan, with both a formal sitting room and dining area. This spacious spot has 1,445 square feet and high ceilings that reach 12.5 feet. The home has two separate staircases, both made of solid travertine block and bronze.
The third floor includes the master suite, with a spacious bathroom that spans the entire width of the house and a private south-facing terrace. An additional five bedrooms and four bedrooms can be found on the fourth and fifth floors.
Also on the fifth floor sits a fully equipped wet bar and a custom skylight installation piece by the artist Sarah Oppenheimer. A glass structure opens up to a roof garden that boasts outdoor seating and plants, as well as a full outdoor kitchen and Viking grill.
[Via The Daily Mail]
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Images via Brown Harris Stevens/ Sotheby’s International Realty
Neighborhoods : Upper East Side