Maybe we are dating ourselves but we’re betting on the fact that The Odd Couple is one of those rare shows pretty much everyone has heard of, even if you were born well after the 1970’s TV series. Best known for the hilarious dynamic between unlikely roommates “neat freak” Felix Unger and slovenly but amiable Oscar Madison, the show’s setting was Mr. Madison’s Riverside Drive apartment, about ten blocks south of this immaculate 4BR/4BA home in the Peter Stuyvesant located at 258 Riverside Drive.
Take one look at this residence’s ten beautifully appointed rooms and you’ll know Oscar Madison would probably have never have been comfortable living here, but he’d be in the minority on that score. What’s not to love?
Let’s start with the building itself, built in 1912, and a lovely example of the classic architecture of the time. Though the original large, ornate balconies on the 6th, 8th and 11th floors no longer remain, the fabulous arched windows at the top–which are outlined in deep, vibrant blue glazed terra cotta–have been preserved, as has the magnificent lobby entrance.
Take the elevator up to the private landing and prepare to be “wowed” by the dramatic river and city views from every side of this palatial residence, beautifully showcased by oversized windows and 10-foot ceilings throughout.
The corner living room; formal dining room, with its elegant beamed ceilings; and office/library with custom built-ins, all feature a visually interesting angled wall to highlight those stunning river views. And while these three large rooms offer more than enough space to entertain in grand fashion, a few steps away you will find a state-of-the-art media room with 7.1 audio joined to a large playroom – together they work beautifully as a perfect great room.
Directly opposite you will find the large chef’s eat-in-kitchen. The focal point is a huge center island, its dark wood custom cabinetry contrasting beautifully with the lighter cabinets in the rest of the space. While three lovely light fixtures descend from the tray ceiling over the island, the bright sunshine coming through the large window will provide all the light you need during the day.
The similarly large sleeping quarters include three bedrooms in addition to the spacious master suite, whose spa-like master bath, walk-in closet, dressing area, and windowed master office make it bigger than many apartments in the city!
On second thought, this home is so spectacular we think even Oscar Madison would find a way to clean up his act. Corcoran agent Maria Manuche is waiting to show both Felix and Oscars alike this one-of-a-kind home listed at $8.5 million.
Photos courtesy of Corcoran.
Neighborhoods : Upper West Side