If you’re an artist who needs space to create–or you’re just into having an artist-approved address–you’ll enjoy living and working in this 7,200-square-foot townhouse at 167 East 69th Street on the Upper East Side. The 25-foot-wide Neo-Georgian former carriage house–listed in April of 2018 for $18.95 million–is currently owned by Ann Brashares, author of the young adult series “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and her husband, painter Jacob Collins. Previously, the building was owned by the Sculpture Center. Neighbors have included Mark Rothko and art dealer Larry Gagosian. Now, after a broker change and a price cut, it’s asking $14.995 million, studio, garage, curb cut, and artistic pedigree included.
The 1908 home received a complete redesign by Fairfax and Sammons; custom millwork was added while preserving the original detailing throughout. The five-bedroom triplex includes a massive studio space and a garage on the ground floor with a mezzanine above.
The dramatic skylit studio with 14.5-foot ceilings is the perfect space for continuing the artistic tradition.
Thanks to the magic of virtual staging you can see the potential of the space as a personal recreation center, gym or home theater.
The home’s parlor floor surrounds a great hall with a grand staircase winding around it. Tall arched windows and a huge skylight maximize sunlight and highlight the impressive architecture that includes a wood-burning fireplace.
A clean, sophisticated shaker-style kitchen overlooks a landscaped outdoor terrace complete with trellis, seating and grill.
On the next floor you’ll find a spacious master suite and three additional bedrooms.
Every inch of space is put to good use: A setback on the top floor holds two additional bedrooms and another full bath; there is also the opportunity to create a roof deck for a second outdoor oasis in the city.
According to the listing, the historic home’s Neo-Georgian facade was designed by Charles E. Birge, known for his work with William Randolph Hearst as well as the design of the Bankers Trust Company building on 57th and Madison Avenue and the North River Savings Bank at 51 West 34th Street.
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Photos by Devin Groody/Rise Media courtesy of Compass
Neighborhoods : Upper East Side