Unique Historic Penthouse with Intriguing Past Asks $7 Million

Posted On Wed, October 29, 2014 By

Posted On Wed, October 29, 2014 By In Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors, Upper East Side

The penthouse of one of Manhattan’s most prestigious and unique landmark apartment houses has just hit the market, asking $7.25 million. The one-of-a-kind pad was formerly the squash-tennis court of Kingdon Gould, grandson of the infamous multimillionaire financier Jay Gould, who notably fell from grace for manipulating gold and railroad stocks. Kingdon’s custom-built quarters consisted of a triplex penthouse with a fourth-level painting studio for his mother, and 20 rooms, including a double-height music room.

160 East 72nd Street, Jay Gould’s grandson, Kingdon Gould’s squash-tennis court

Without a doubt, this three-bedroom apartment’s most remarkable feature is in the enormous dining room. The space already stuns with 14-foot tall ceilings, backlit built-ins, and a fireplace. But the graceful stairs to the outdoor terrace are simply breathtaking, and take the light-flooded room to a whole different level. And that terrace, is just one of many on three sides of the apartment.

160 East 72nd Street, Jay Gould’s grandson, Kingdon Gould’s squash-tennis court

Next to the living room, the master bedroom boasts 12-foot ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace. The suite also includes a dressing room, a walk-in closet, and a bathroom with a second entrance to the formal dining room. An enclosed solarium with the home’s third fireplace completes the main level.

160 East 72nd Street, Jay Gould’s grandson, Kingdon Gould’s squash-tennis court

Two additional bedrooms and bathrooms are situated on the penthouse’s second and third floors, and a first floor maid’s quarters with two bedrooms and a bath is available separately. The listing admits that the home is in need of a renovation, but with just the right touch, this place could definitely prove to be a diamond in the rough.

[Listing: 160 East 72nd Street #PH by J. Roger Erickson of Sotheby’s]

[via CityRealty]

Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s

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Neighborhoods : Lenox Hill

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