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Turtle Bay, Manhattan | Third Ave & Second Ave
10 Rooms5 Beds4.5 Baths4,500 Square FeetSingle Family

floors / apts5 / 1
Lot Size20'x100'5"
Built Size20'x48'
Building TypeTownhouse
RE Taxes$63,355
Price Per SF

Listing Features

  • WBFP
  • Central AC
  • Gas Heat

Outdoor space and views

  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Townhouse Views

Building Amenities

  • Video Intercom
  • Elevator
  • Garden
  • Playroom

Property Description

Great opportunity to purchase this special, secluded and magical townhouse for a fraction of the price of other areas in Manhattan! Turtle Bay is now considered the hottest neighborhood in New York City for 2023, according to a report from StreetEasy, and has claimed a 47% jump in housing searches from 2021 to 2022. The area is a hot spot for house hunters. Price still remains fairly reasonable in comparison to houses in more established areas.

Enter the vestibule of the four-story residence from a wrought-iron gated forecourt. Built 48-feet, with 5000 Interior Sq Ft and 1150 Exterior Sq Ft, the home features an expansive rear garden. The elegant, landscaped environment is designed for relaxation and seclusion and blends seamlessly into the historic Turtle Bay Gardens.An open chef's kitchen with granite countertops and the top-of-the-line appliances leads to an informal eat-in space that opens to a sun-flooded family room with French doors out to the large common garden.On the entertaining level above, a tremendous living room with high ceilings receives extraordinary light from its floor-to-ceiling windows. French doors lead to a newly restored wrought-iron canopied terrace in a Spanish style evoking the Vieux Carr section of New Orleans.A library or private office sits at the front of the house with an adjoining full bathroom.Conveniently disguised in the northeast corner of the great room is an elevator leading only to the finished full-height basement below. The primary bedroom level features a north-facing terrace overlooking the gardens, a marble fireplace, and a spacious primary bath, which connects to the dressing room. This floor also includes a full bathroom room and second bedroom with fireplace.Three bedrooms on the top floor are completed by two full baths, large closets, and two additional fireplaces.Below the garden level, a finished basement is outfitted with modern lighting, Spanish tile floor, and an abundance of storage space.

A separate entrance to the street, staff room and half-bath make this a natural place for a media room or playroom.Video intercom, central air conditioning, and fine finishes provide the security and luxury befitting an outstanding, historically significant townhouse.5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 2 Powder rooms make provide great space making this rare find in the Garden. A true gem not to be missed!

The history of Turtle Bay dates back to 1639 when the then Dutch governor gave two Englishmen a land grant of forty acres crossed by a creek that emptied into a bay of the East River. Some historians attribute the name to the turtle-filled creek, and the land became known as Turtle Bay Farm. Conceived by Charlotte Hunnewell Sorchan in 1918, the exclusive common garden enclave encompassed the gardens of 9 houses on East 48th and 11 houses on East 49th Street between Second and Third Avenues.Dubbed Turtle Bay Gardens, it was actually completed in 1920. Sorchan bought out 21 adjoining lots and from this grand landscape, engaged Edward C. Dean and William L. Bottomley to shave off the original facades of the buildings which were then replaced with lighter stucco facades in a variety of Flemish and Regency styles giving the rear facades a lovely aspect that embellished the impact of the gardens. The gardens themselves are now an oasis of mature trees and flowering shrubs that share a common path down the center, with a fountain copied from the Villa Medici and statues. It feels like a secret garden sanctuary dropped into the middle of Manhattan. A review from 1920 Architectural Record stated that "each owner has, visually speaking, surrendered a part and received back a beautiful whole."

Listing History

Initial Price by Marcos G. Cohen
Douglas Elliman

Building Details

OwnershipSingle Family
Building TypeTownhouse
Service LevelVideo Intercom
Year Built1899
Learn More About the Building

Transit and Citi Bike


51 St
0.2 miles
Lexington Av/53 St
0.24 miles
Grand Central-42 St
0.34 miles
5 Av/53 St
0.47 miles


Grand CentralLong Island Rail Road
0.26 miles
Grand CentralMetro-North Railroad
0.35 miles

Turtle Bay | Manhattan

Quick Profile

Turtle Bay is best known for hosting the world’s dignitaries at United Nations once a year as the world institution sits on the eastern edge of the neighborhood along the East River.

But this midtown location offers a lot more, a bustling neighborhood teeming with high-rise apartment buildings and an easy walk to the Midtown business district.

Over the past two decades, developers have assembled almost every corner development site along Second Avenue and have built straight up. Not much left to assemble.

Some of the more glamorous, and of course most expensive, addresses are in close proximity to the United Nations. Trump World Tower, which caused a big stir with area residents, in particular, Walter Cronkite, when it was built sits just north of the United Nations Grounds. 

In contrast to the proliferation of the residential highrise, Turtle Bay does have some lovely tree-lined streets between the avenues. In particular, Turtle Bay Gardens, which fronts both 48th Street and 49th Street between Third and Second Avenue has always been a haven for the rich and famous.

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OLR ID: 24218TH