Here’s your chance to nab an apartment in the famous Ansonia for $12 million. The 4,500-square-foot pad is the place to entertain all your friends, boasting the tallest ceilings in the entire building, and stunning Upper West Side views from east, south, and west exposures. The space is actually a combination of three units that used to form their own wing of the building, representing the largest original layout ever designed by the building’s architect, Duboy of Graves and Duboy. Its current owner, Michel Madie, spent nine years collecting all of the units to bring the space back to its former glory.
Inside you’ll find original details made of plaster, mahogany, and bronze. The vestibule leads directly to a rounded foyer, which is surrounded by the home’s main rooms, including a library, a large circular solarium, and a 30-foot sitting room/dining room combination. The solarium features three exposures and overlooks Verdi Park and the length of Manhattan, all the way to downtown.
All of the rooms are generously-sized with a 28 x 21-foot double master, a 19 x 14.5-foot second bedroom, and a 14 x 18-foot third bedroom. All in all, there’s space for seven different bedrooms. There’s also a windowed eat-in kitchen and a wraparound terrace with wrought iron balcony railings. The home is completely wired for integrated sound, fiber optics, computer, phone, and cable, and there’s even a second entry in case you want a live/work space. Additional perks include 32 round-the-clock staff members, direct elevator access to the garage, private storage bins for $75 per month, and an extra maid or guest studio available upon request.
The Ansonia was built by developer William Earl Dodge Stokes, an eccentric son of a copper heiress who accurately predicted that Broadway would one day be a bigger deal than Fifth Avenue. Back in the day, the hotel was no stranger to scandal. Stokes received a visit from the Department of Health when they found out he had a rooftop farm with chickens, ducks, goats, and a small bear. The building would later become home to a Turkish bath turned scandalous night club, and at one point there was even a sex shop on the ground floor. It’s also known as the place where the White Sox met to fix the 1919 World Series. And speaking of baseball, Babe Ruth was once a resident, along with Igor Stravinsky, Sarah Bernhardt, and Elmer Rice.
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Photos courtesy of Michel Madie Real Estate Services
Neighborhoods : Upper West Side