This elegant five-story single-family townhouse at 151 East 74th Street has been a home to a president’s son (Captain Kermit Roosevelt, son of President Theodore Roosevelt) and Hollywood royalty. The late, great actor Henry Fonda called the nearly 6,000-square-foot townhouse home and hosted his wedding to 23-year-old Italian countess Afdera Franchetti here in 1957. Built in 1878, the brick Colonial Revival style home remains an elegant address, and is on the market for $11.225 million.
There have been recent improvements and upgrades, with plenty of potential left for transformation. With that many floors, two decks, a landscaped backyard and a prime Upper East Side location on a gorgeous townhouse block near Central Park, the landmarked home might be just the one for a certain outgoing president who has expressed interest in living in New York City after leaving the White House. There’s definitely plenty of room for college kids and their friends, dogs, staff and security personnel.
The parlor floor is perfect for entertaining; above a grand stair landing, a formal living room is in the front and a classic dining room with a peaceful terrace occupies the rear.
As with many townhouse parlor floors, this is the one with grand ceiling heights, original floors and beautifully detailed fireplace mantles.
Down at street level, two entrances (a formal entrance and a delivery entrance) lead into an eat-in chef’s kitchen.
In the rear of this floor is a large but cozy family room, which opens into a secluded sun-filled garden.
On the third floor, the master suite fills the front of this floor, with three south-facing windows, a fireplace, a walk-in closet and full bathroom. An additional bedroom has northern and western exposures ( a unique feature to this home) and a full bathroom.
On the fourth floor there’s a big bedroom with a full bathroom in the front and two more bedrooms and another bath in the rear. The charming fifth floor has two bedrooms and a laundry room, plus another full bath–and access to a terrace in the front of the house. The finished basement holds a recreation room, more storage and mechanicals.
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Images courtesy of Leslie J. Garfield.
Neighborhoods : Upper East Side