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175-177 East 78th Street

Upper East Side, Manhattan | Lexington Ave & Third Ave

14 Rooms8 Beds8.5 Baths6,000 Square FeetSingle Family

floors / apts4 / 1
Lot Size55'x204'2"
Built Size55'x80'
Building TypeTownhouse
RE Taxes$124,872
Price Per SF

Listing Features

  • WBFP

Outdoor space and views

  • Backyard

Building Amenities

  • Voice Intercom
  • Laundry Room

Property Description for 175-177 East 78th Street

Unprecedented Townhouse Opportunity. For the first time in history, these magnificent twin townhouses located at 175 and 177 East 78 Street are both available for sale. Rich in history and built circa 1870, these two colonial-style red brick sister houses are contiguous, providing the rare opportunity to purchase individually or to seamlessly combine into an incredible 37-foot-wide show-stopping property. Each home is delivered vacant and transfers with unused air rights, thus allowing for 6 stories to be built from the ground up in this non-landmarked district. Located on a beautiful tree-lined block, 177 East 78 Street was first inhabited in 1871 by hardware merchant Augustus T Chur at the end of the Civil War. The wealthy widow Mrs. Mary Sheehan lived in the single house for a number of years until the real estate firm Lowenfeld & Prager purchased both 177 and 175 East 78 Street in 1902. Miraculously, the two homes have remained bonded under single ownership ever since. In the early 20th Century, C.S. Falker purchased the homes and housed several burgeoning artists, including Rudolph Dirks and Henri de Mance. By 1918 the sister townhouses became home to John R MacArthur, the renowned "Millionaire Treasurer" and one of the largest general contracting firms in the world. Most notably, in September of 1946, the two buildings became home to the great American writer and Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, author of Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, to name a few. Together with his wife, they lived and owned both homes until 1948. The homes have been enjoyed by the current owners for the past fifty-five years. Elegantly set off the street, each of these stately homes stands 4 stories high and both have been tastefully renovated to provide 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, each with idyllic landscaped back yards, hardwood floors, finished basements, and one elevator located in 177 East 78th. With top-of-the-line Bosch and SubZero stainless-steel appliances, these homes offer the convenience of modern finishes while also highlighting their exquisite pre-war charm and details, such as imported European tiles, wood-burning fireplaces and multiple skylights emanating light throughout. The first floors feature large eat-in kitchens and a huge family room/ dining room with oversized bay windows that lead outside to a beautiful backyard with over 2,000 sqft of combined outdoor space. The Parlor floors in both homes offer an expansive formal living room and library with light streaming in from both North and South through the floor-to-ceiling French doors with cast-iron balconies opening onto 78th Street. The top two floors feature a total of 4 gracious bedrooms, each with its own tastefully renovated bathrooms and large closets. The huge master suites are outfitted with an enormous dressing room and marble master bathrooms. The finished basements include a powder room, brand new media room/gym, storage rooms, cedar closet, as well as 2 full laundry rooms complete with large sinks and brand-new Electrolux washer and dryers. For your convenience, there is a full-service garage directly across the street. These houses are located in the ideal upper eastside location with easy access to public transportation and the best markets and shops. There are approximately 8,411 of additional unused Air Rights between the two properties.

Listing History for 175-177 East 78th Street

Back on the Market by Elizabeth Sahlman
Expired by Elizabeth Sahlman

Building Details for 175-177 East 78th Street

OwnershipSingle Family
Building TypeTownhouse
Service LevelVoice Intercom
Year Built1870
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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: 90656TH