It doesn’t get any grander than this 11,500-square-foot, six-story mansion on the Upper West Side. Located at 323 West 74th Street, this home has an interesting history, to say the least: It was designed by the famous architect C. P. H. Gilbert as part of a larger row of residences off Riverside Drive to rival the mansions of Fifth Avenue. The infamous moneyman and steel magnate Charles Schwab lived here from 1914 to 1917, then, according to Daytonian in Manhttan, it was used as the “scandalous love nest” for the mistress of industrialist George Gould. Today, it’s been configured as an owner’s triplex with an apartment below. The asking price comes in at $19.995 million.
Upon entering there is a striking carved wooden staircase that runs through the home. But if you’d rather not take the stairs, don’t worry –there’s an elevator too. The owner’s triplex takes up the top three floors of the mansion and includes a living room, library, eat-in kitchen, a media room, six bedrooms, and landscaped terrace.
The home is decked out with all sorts of historic detailing including original millwork, original marble mantles, wood-burning fireplaces and more. There are also views that overlook both Riverside Park and the Hudson River. When the home was built in 1896, Riverside Park had just been completed. This row of houses was specifically designed to take advantage of the view.
The kitchen has undergone a more modern makeover — with its soaring, arched ceiling, the setup looks fit for a professional chef. Right off the kitchen you’ve got a formal dining room.
Another modern addition includes a penthouse added to the top floor, which is invisible from the street below. The addition created space for a media room and two large, landscaped terraces (Apparently one is large enough to fit a hot tub.). The views, of course, are amazing, looking out on both the city and the Hudson River. So, does anybody have $20 million to loan us?
Photos courtesy of Compass
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