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!
TURTLE BAY GARDENS:
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."