Photo credit: Evan Joseph
Though it comes with its own luxuries, townhouse living often means sacrificing perks like an elevator, pool, and gym. This $17.5 million Central Park West home at 45 West 70th Street has just about everything you could want, all under one gracious, Neo-Romanesque roof. Built in 1891, the house has been thoroughly renovated from stem to stern with every of-the-moment design flourish and 21st-century amenity–including a 33-foot-long, six-foot deep freshwater lap pool/jacuzzi in the cellar.
The 8,500-square-foot home has 11 zones of central air conditioning serving its six floors, radiant heating with a forced-air backup, smart home wiring–and a snow-melting system beneath the front patio. Because the basement was lowered, the home’s ceilings are even higher than you’d find in a standard townhouse.
Enter the parlor level from the stoop beneath double-height coffered ceilings open to the second floor. On this floor, you’ll find the home’s entertaining and dining spaces, complete with a jewel box of a wine bar tucked into the rear extension. There are several fireplaces on this floor, and a grand mahogany staircase rises along the side of the home to the floors above.
Heading downstairs to the garden floor (take the stairs or the elevator) you’ll find the bright, open kitchen. Carrara marble worktops await the chef’s creations alongside top-of-the-line appliances. Nearby is a casual dining space and a large pantry. A glazed wall leads to a private garden patio with a full outdoor kitchen.
One floor above the parlor you’ll find open living space, office space, and a home theater. The latter comes with electric shades and a projector.
The primary suite occupies the third floor. The luxurious primary bedroom opens onto a private terrace; the en-suite marble-clad bath offers a bidet, deep soaking tub, large steam shower, and double vanity. On the opposite end of this floor is another bedroom and a full bathroom.
On the skylit fourth level are two more bedroom suites. Both offer capacious closets and heated flooring in the bathrooms.
On the home’s remarkable high-ceilinged cellar level is the aforementioned heated 33-foot freshwater and ozone lap pool (jacuzzi included). There’s plenty of space nearby for a private gym and yoga studio, and a bedroom and bath for guests or staff. The townhouse has a recently-replaced roof, ready for a private roof deck high above the Upper West Side.
[Listing details: 45 West 70th Street at CityRealty]
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Photo credit: Evan Joseph
Neighborhoods : Upper West Side