$42,000,000 $48,000,000
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Upper East Side, Manhattan | Madison Ave & Park Ave
15.5 Rooms6 Beds6.5 Baths12,551 Square FeetSingle Family

$42,000,000 $48,000,000
floors / apts4 / 1
Lot Size25'x100'
Built Size25'x87'
Building TypeTownhouse
RE Taxes$285,852
Price Per SF

Listing Features

  • Architectural Dtls
  • Original Details
  • Spiral Staircase
  • WBFP
  • Central AC
  • Oil Heat

Outdoor space and views

  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • City Views

Building Amenities

  • Video Intercom
  • Alarm System
  • Elevator
  • Laundry Room
  • Second Entry
  • Sprinkler System

Property Description

The Internationally known designer couple who own this house have spent decades creating several masterpiece homes, in both country and urban settings.

To present their philosophy in their own words: "Each home follows a story, taking cues from what a property once was, and what it might have been The challenge is to reimagine a place - not to be historically precise - but to blend its past with our personal view of the present."

Their latest totally renovated work is spectacular: Imagine a house with a staircase drawing inspiration from the Guggenheim Museum. Imagine huge square rooms and high ceilings on every floor. Imagine a serene white environment - with the latest mechanical systems artfully hidden - and massive wide windows affording exceptionally bright sunny interiors. Imagine this environment now containing a collection of furnishings and art that are chronicled in a Rizzoli artbook by an internationally acclaimed photographer.

FLAGG & CHAMBERS, Original Architects

After inspecting every possible property available, in the end they chose a mansion originally created by two earlier master architects, Ernest Flagg & Walter B. Chambers - both educated at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris - a mansion built to a grand proportion and yet remarkably true to its original residential floor plan


The MAIN ENTRY on the SECOND LEVEL is a passage through two sets of huge double doors to an entry hall with 11' ceilings that extends 60 feet

The main eat in KITCHEN has 18 century antique marble pavers reclaimed from a chateau in the Loire valley. The decorative fireplace with an antique English white Carrera marble mantel circa 1830 is from Chesney's. The custom integrated kitchen is by the German manufacturer Leicht. There is a Waterworks faucet and plaster decorative beams.

Sub-Zero built-in refrigeration on one wall includes 2 full height refrigerators plus 1 full height freezer hidden behind white doors. The stainless-steel Viking stove has 8 burners and there are 2 built-in Miele dishwashers flanking the sink.

The wide white STAIRCASE resembles a piece of sculpture as it ascends upward culminating in a huge skylight. Its custom polished nickel handrail was handmade in Paris.

The LIBRARY/DINING ROOM has 18 Century French antique oak floorboards reclaimed from a hotel particular in Paris. There are two fireplaces, one working and one decorative, with a pair of 19 century English Carrera marble mantels, also from Chesney's. There are custom LED lights in the library shelves and a plaster coffered ceiling. The effect of the various design elements in the room are fascinating.

The BUTLER'S PANTY adjacent to the dining room/library facilities smooth service and has an additional Miele dishwasher.

The POWDER ROOM on this floor has wood and plaster wall paneling, a custom glass and polished nickel vanity, handmade in Paris and a waterworks faucet.

THIRD FLOOR - 12'4" Ceilings

The 22' SITTING ROOM to the north is a large perfect square with a 12'4" ceiling. Its antique oak floorboards are 18th century French. The decorative fireplace has a vintage classic Edwardian English mantel in Saint Anne marble. The three huge windows have custom polished nickel "Cremone" window hardware, handmade in Paris. The windows are exceptionally tall and wide for a luminous effect on the white walls and ceiling whatever time of day.

POWDER ROOM on this floor is covered in gray wool upholstery.

31' deep south facing LIVING ROOM also with 12'4" ceilings has antique 18th century French floorboards. The working fireplace has a vintage monumental English Stone mantel, early 19 century. The various shades of white create a remarkable atmosphere.


Beautifully arranged as 4 bedrooms and 4 full baths, 3 bedrooms with full baths en-suite, and 1 bedroom also with its own terrace. Three bedrooms have decorative vintage Greek revival painted fireplace mantles and built-in loft beds. All en-suite bathrooms have custom and polished nickel shower doors, custom medicine cabinets handmade in Paris, and waterworks faucets.


The PRIMARY BEDROOM facing south is another exquisite creamy white space. There is a decorative fireplace with antique English white Carrera marble mental circa 1830. There is a dressing room and a half bath just adjacent.

The main bathroom is 22' x 13' 10" with a 9'10" ceiling and contains arabescato marble slabs on the both floor and walls. There is a large decorative fireplace. The custom polished shower door and medicine cabinets were made in Paris and there are waterworks faucets in the double sinks. The larger Dressing room and closet contains gray lacquer cabinets, custom German engineered rolling ladders. Upper cabinets and the jewelry cabinet facing the bathroom doors are locked for confidentiality and safety and can be unlocked with a code on a hidden touch panel.


The Sitting Room has a decorative fireplace with an antique Federal painted mantle, a huge skylight overhead, and opens to a southern planted terrace with dining.

There is a half bath and both the main staircase and elevator serve this floor.

To the north is a 22' deep ivy-covered terrace with rooftop views of CPH Gilbert designed mansions.

Both terraces have Ipe wood decking and irrigation for all plantings.


A separate entrance from the street leads to a staff or guest apartment with a full kitchen, full bath and bedroom.

There is massive storage and a powder room. Both the elevator and interior stairs serve this level.

The laundry has 3 stainless steel Miele pro line washing machines and 3 stainless steel Miele vented pro dryers. There's also a PRO 48 Sub-Zero refrigeration stainless steel refrigerator and freezer.

At the southern end there is a gym with two huge windows which leads to an ivy-covered outdoor space with a basketball hoop.


Heat, Ventilation, Air Conditioning + Humidification

10 separate zones with thermostats tucked away and remote sensors in the rooms themselves

No visible grilles (air supply and return is hidden in plaster cove moldings)

Security System: Central Station Monitored System

State of the Art Security System: all doors protected + window breaks on all windows, motion sensors throughout the house

CO + smoke detection by VESDA system (invisible system originally developed for museums where air is constantly sampled and tested). Was over $500K to install, but avoids any unsightly detectors on the ceilings.

Lighting System

Lutron HomeWorks System with all on/all off switch near front door Audio/Visual

Savant Pro controls all TVs and music through the house

Invisible/plastered-in speakers throughout the house, to once again avoid unattractive elements cluttering the ceilings

Mini iPads next to elevator door on all floors (with custom polished nickel frames)

AV racks in lower-level hallway


Intercoms with cameras at front door, airlock door and lower-level apartment door

Doors can be opened with hotel-style key cards or via the Savant Pro app on phones (or of course with standard keys)

Irrigation System

All plantings are irrigated with drip system (1st and 2nd floor on the street; all floors in the back; front and back roof-top terraces)

Fire Protection

Sprinkler system throughout the house

In conclusion, there is no house on the market that has been totally renovated in the way this one has. If you prefer to dispense with a renovation, or if you are simply too busy, this may be a perfect answer. And if you have a unique art collection, it may solve another difficult question of where to display it. Co-Exclusive

Listing History

$42,000,000 [-$6,000,000] [12.5%]
Price Drop by Paula Del Nunzio
Brown Harris Stevens

Building Details

OwnershipSingle Family
Building TypeTownhouse
Service LevelVideo Intercom
Year Built1907
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Transit and Citi Bike


Lexington Av/63 St
0.18 miles
Lexington Av/59 St
0.27 miles
59 St
0.27 miles
5 Av/59 St
0.27 miles
68 St-Hunter College
0.28 miles

Citi Bike

E 66 St & Madison Ave
0.11 miles
5 Ave & E 63 St
0.15 miles

Co-exclusive agents

Co-exclusive agents

Paula Del Nunzio
Brown Harris Stevens
Serena Boardman
Sotheby's International Realty

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Caroline E. Guthrie
Sotheby's International Realty

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Upper East Side | Manhattan

Quick Profile

Exuding a cosmopolitan, refined air that is reminiscent of Paris or other European cities, the Upper East Side (the UES, to local cognoscenti) has a reputation as being a bastion of wealth and privilege. Even though it was built by American “royalty” families like the Vanderbilts, Roosevelts, Kennedys, Carnegies and Rockefellers, whose elaborate mansions once anchored Fifth Avenue, there are affordable housing options throughout the neighborhood. The further east you move, away from Central Park and the more commercial avenues, the more likely you are to find quiet, tree-lined streets with historic townhouses and brownstones. Keep your eye out for reasonably priced apartments in pre-war low-rise and even a few high-rise buildings.

With abundant, beautifully landscaped green spaces, including the oasis of Central Park acting like a backyard, the area is quiet and lushly green. You can relax and unwind in John Jay Park, Carl Schurz Park or take a stroll along the East River Promenade. The whole neighborhood seems isolated from the workaday chaos of the city at large. Add to that the history of the neighborhood and the abundance of cultural institutions, and you have a uniquely welcoming neighborhood.

Known for its abundance of high-end retail shopping, especially on Madison Avenue, the Upper East Side is host to the Barneys New York flagship department store. Here you can find upscale goods, fashion and home decor items. You will also find the edgy runway-inspired Alexander McQueen collections. If you are dying to treat your feet to red-soled opulence, be sure to visit the Christian Louboutin boutique. These are only a small sampling of this high-end shopper’s paradise that features everything from designer boutiques that offer the ultimate in haute couture to resale shops where you can find last season’s best on sale at hefty discounts .

There are many unique dining experiences, from fine dining to the casual bite-on-the-go, awaiting you in the UES. Sushi is going through a renaissance in the city, and the best omakase-style sushi can be found at Sasabune on E 73rd Street. Omakase sushi means that you leave the choice of ingredients, preparation method and presentation to the chef. Elegant French cuisine can be experienced at JoJo, E 64th Street, housed in gorgeous townhouse. Just for fun, visit the Lexington Candy Shop on Lexington Avenue, to get a taste of an old-fashioned soda fountain.

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OLR ID: 20518TH