Without hype or hyperbole—though certainly compliment-worthy—this 1890s townhouse on a classic and lovely East Side block has all the modern upgrades you’d need, thanks to complete renovation in 2006. And for traditional brownstone buffs, 327 East 51st Street’s refined facade, gated courtyard, interior details and traditional stoop all add up to a quintessential New York City townhouse. Mechanicals, plumbing, lighting and electrical systems have all been updated and now include a new Crestron home audio system, a four-zone HVAC system, four automatic gas fireplaces, a state-of-the-art security system and lots of well-planned storage space.
The somewhat slender (at just under 17 feet wide) four-story home last changed owners in 2013 for $6.95M; an ask of $8.5 million leads us to believe that the current owners would actually like to sell it. At 3,240 square feet, 11 rooms and four bedrooms, there’s plenty of space to escape the busy city outside. Enter at the garden level private entrance to find a spacious living room, a modern, custom-designed Smallbone chef’s kitchen and an informal dining room.
The dining room opens to a private stone-paved garden–a great place to entertain or just enjoy the privacy a tall horizontal wood plank fence affords. Also on the garden floor is access to a basement with cedar-lined wine storage and a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art exercise room.
The parlor level offers 60 square feet of open living space, including a more formal living room with a gas fireplace and high ceilings and a dining room with a dumbwaiter and a private staircase accessing the kitchen. Towards the rear of the house is a library/office that means business (with a gas fireplace that adds warmth).
On the second floor a luxurious master suite offers a large dressing room, master bath and north-facing grand bedroom with three French doors leading to Juliet balconies and a gas fireplace.
A second bedroom/master suite/office is on the other side of this floor.
On the top floor, three skylights allow light to fill a central media room; on either side you’ll find a bedroom, each with a full bath. A large laundry room is an indispensable part of the convenience and comfort factor here.
The home’s location just to the east of bustling midtown Manhattan, five blocks from Rockefeller Center, takes attributes (like convenience to shopping, Central Park within walking distance and an iconic mix of residential architecture) from the Upper East Side as well as Midtown (convenience to subways, offices and amenities); the area is witnessing a growth boom, with a number of new buildings climbing skyward within a few blocks; completion of the Second Avenue subway also promises to bring big and welcome changes to this east side corridor.
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Images courtesy of Sotheby’s