The living area boasts a restored Victorian ceiling with ornamental tracery and shares the ground floor with a fully-equipped kitchen and powder room. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
The completely refurbished historic townhouse at 211 62nd St. on the Upper East Side is on the market for $13.5 million. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
The pageantry of the entry hall bespeaks of the elegance to come. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
The first floor drawing room opens to the garden through three original tinted-glass, arched French doors. ((Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
The historic townhouse has six fireplaces. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
The landscaped garden with fountain provides year-round greenery. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
A view from the drawing room into the reception hall. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
The reception gallery features hand-painted Iksel wallpaper and a beautiful coffered wood ceiling. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
The dining room opens to a terrace facing the garden. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
The eat-in kitchen is equipped with state-of-the-art appliances. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
While the spiral mahogany stairway winds to the roof garden, an elevator with six stops is one of the modern conveniences. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
Two full-floor master suites occupy the third and fourth floors. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
The master suite enjoys a wood-burning fireplace. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
Bathrooms in the master suites evoke old world luxury. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
Two guest bedrooms en suite are located on the fifth floor. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
Each bedroom, including this suite, is grandly appointed. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
The rooftop terrace offers grand views and includes a dog run. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
A resplendent sitting area. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
The English basement is used as a workout room and includes a separate bath and laundry area. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
One door is the service entry, the other opens to the beautiful foyer dressed in green marble. (Photo by Will Ellis/ DDReps )
Houston Rockets owner/billionaire Tilman Fertitta might have a swell condo in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood while Dallas banker billionaire Gerald Ford and wife Kelli enjoy a jaw-dropping Upper East Side townhouse, but for Texans in the market for something that could surpass them both, we suggest Eleanor Roosevelt’s former townhouse.
Built in 1873 as a brownstone row house on the Upper East Side, the six-story dwelling boasts an impressive pedigree, the highlight of which would be Eleanor Roosevelt’s residency from 1953 to 1958. During that time, the former First Lady welcomed the likes of Indira Gandhi, Adlai Stevenson and John Kennedy to the home.
Most recently the 19-foot wide, six-story, 5,200 square foot residence was reimagined by Fairfield, Connecticut interior designer Maria Masi. The result is a classic homage to elegant living. The beauty of this buy is that it is a turnkey offering. Thus, all of the love and attention to detail that went into the townhouse, stays in the townhouse.
For certain, a width of only 19 feet could feel pinched if not handled so deftly in the design. The first two floors are dedicated to entertaining, the ground floor drawing room opening to a romantically landscaped garden. The third and fourth floors serve as two full-floor master suites, both with wet bars and fireplaces. Two bedrooms with ensuite baths comprise the fifth floor. And the sixth floor is an expansive roof terrace with skyline views of the Lenox Hill neighborhood.
With modern convenience paramount, an elevator connects all floors.
The townhouse by the numbers: 12 rooms in total, four bedrooms (graced with a separate staircase for privacy), five bathrooms, six marble fireplaces, 1,770 square feet of outdoor living, listing price of $13.5 million. Last July, a neighboring townhouse was priced at $13.9.
The property at 211 East 62nd Street is nicely located in the ultra-exclusive Treadwell Farm Historic District, which covers a small area — 61st and 62nd streets between Second and Third avenues.
It is listed with Stribling Private Brokerage, which has succeeded in getting the property highlighted online in Architectural Digest, the Robb Report and other design and real estate related publications.