Majestically sitting on one of the most exquisite townhouse blocks in the city, this masterpiece house offers the quintessential experience of luxurious single-family living in the finest West Side neighborhood. The extraordinary 4-story Renaissance Revival five bedroom residence is adorned with the aesthetic grandeur of original architectural details, combined with all the modern amenities you desire. Perfect in every way, it is large yet manageable, magnificent yet comfortable, and has a sumptuous outdoor garden oasis that is ideal for glamorous entertaining and family relaxing. The icing on the cake is the lucky owner will enjoy the lowest property taxes in Manhattan! Other outstanding features include a grand central staircase that creates a mansion-like feel, and 4 spectacular original and totally rebuilt working fireplaces and mantels, one wood-burning and three gas. Soaring 11 foot ceilings create a resplendent setting, along with stunning over-sized windows with original shutters, 4 skylights including one that is stained glass, meticulously maintained bannisters and moldings throughout, beautiful hardwood floors, and a stunning renovated kitchen with top-of-the line stainless steel appliances that any chef will love.
Built in 1890 by renowned architects and builders, McDowell & Henry, most of the unique Eastlake style original elements remain throughout this treasured residence. Previously owned by the celebrated American Post-Impressionist painter, Louis Finkelstein, and his artist wife, Gretna Campbell, they obviously appreciated the residences breathtaking beauty and magical sun-flooded rooms from its southern exposure. This one-of-a-kind home is being offered for sale for only the third time in close to 60 years. Truly a rare find.
If you enter from beneath the stoop, you are greeted with a wonderful entertaining or family room. Beyond this enormous and lofty room is a spacious bedroom, a full bath with Jacuzzi bathtub, and a large washer/dryer. This multi-functional level is perfect for renting out as a floor-through one-bedroom, or using as a home office to work and meet clients. Double wide French glass doors lead out to the large, landscaped garden with lush foliage and a spectacular wall of ivy and Wisteria that provides an enchanting backdrop for relaxing or entertaining.
After ascending the impressive and carefully restored stoop, you enter the home through the imposing original oak double wide doors. Stepping through the vestibule, you will immediately be dazzled by the outstanding living room, soaring 11 foot ceilings, ornate spindles on the original central box staircase, and outstanding front parlor wood-burning fireplace and mantel. The striking dining room is at the rear of the parlor floor and has beautiful honey-colored wood wainscoting, and another fireplace with original mantelpiece and splendid in-laid tile. Beautiful huge French doors with glass panes lead to stairs down to the verdant garden. The windowed renovated kitchen has modern stainless steel appliances including a Sub Zero refrigerator and Wolf stove, and is conveniently located off the elegant dining room. And, perfectly positioned in-between the living room and dining room is a lovely powder room.
Two large bedrooms occupy this level, the front bedroom has a gorgeous fireplace and original mantle, and the bedrooms share a huge and wonderful bathroom with a sparkling new basket weave marble floor. Each room has ample closets.
Currently devoted to the entire master suite with 4 skylights, the opulent master bedroom has a dramatically large artist loft-style skylight, a large walk-through closet, and renovated spa-like bathroom with a Jacuzzi, double sinks, and a shower for two. The spacious back bedroom is being utilized as a fantastic office, but can easily function as another bedroom, den, or whatever you desire.
Although it is in excellent condition, the roof is not finished, but could be easily be transformed into a ravishing roof deck.
The home has a full cellar level which is unfinished, but provides ample room for dry storage. With work, it can be transformed into a recreation room, gym, or anything that suits your needs.
Manhattan’s Upper West Side extends from 59th St. to 110th St., west of Central Park and is recognized as a diverse cultural area. Many residents have migrated to this area to enjoy the prewar family-sized apartments, brownstones, walk-ups, and extravagant new condominium buildings. Residents with children will find excellent private schools in this area and will benefit from easy access to both Riverside and Central Park. Culture buffs will be smitten with the proximity to Lincoln Center, The Museum of Natural History, The New York Historical Society and The Manhattan Children’s Museum. There are numerous unique boutiques, specialty food stores, eclectic restaurants, and trendy bars on the Upper West Side.
With the recent unprecedented rate cut by the Federal Reserve, banks have been inundated with people looking to take advantage of lower interest rates. Because of the overwhelming demand, we have not yet seen a huge reduction in mortgage rates. While we aren’t there yet, it is likely that we will see a dramatic shift in the upcoming months, which raises the question, “What does a 1 point difference in interest rate do for my bottom line?”Read more