Townhouse Report Created: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - Listings Shown: 4
146 East 65th Street   (Click address for more details)
Listing #: 641900
Price: $27,000,000
Floors: 4
Approx Sq Ft: 9,777
Sect: Upper East Side
A most extraordinary house has come on the market: the home for 69 years of Peggy and David Rockefeller.

David Rockefeller's life and legacy extended from banking and business to philanthropy, education and art on both a national and an international scale. Educated at Harvard, the London School of Economics and the University of Chicago, where he earned his PhD in Economics, he married Margaret "Peggy" McGrath in 1940, and they raised their six children in this townhouse. As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Chase Manhattan Corporation, he modernized bank operations and led its international expansion. A statesman who never held public office, he travelled widely and often, meeting leaders around the world and 12 American presidents. Mr. and Mrs. Rockefeller entertained many of the world's most respected and influential artists, businessmen and political figures at their home.

David Rockefeller was a lifelong philanthropist who provided visionary leadership to and support for numerous organizations including Rockefeller University, The Council on Foreign Relations, Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the Museum of Modern Art which his mother helped to found in 1929. Peggy Rockefeller was an activist who was a founding Board member of the American Farmland Trust and Founder of Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Mr. Rockefeller and his children created The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in her memory in 2003.

The Rockefellers were passionate collectors. Works by Cezanne, Gauguin, Matisse, and Picasso as well as modern works graced the walls of their townhouse, complementing their superb assemblage of 18th century furniture and magnificent collection of Chinese and European porcelains.

Throughout his life, he was deeply immersed in the civic affairs of New York City and the world, leading what he called in his own words, "an interesting life."

Originally constructed in 1924, this double-wide house was purchased by the Rockefellers in 1948. The house was cited at the time by the New York Times as "One of the finest townhouses on the East Side". Its facade is in the Colonial Revival style, with a stately and elegant presence on the street. It was included in the Upper East Side Historic District Extension of March 23, 2010.

The house spans a superb 40 feet in width, with a rear planted garden also of 40 feet overlooking the gardens of other townhouses. With silver birch trees, mature rhododendrons and trimmed moss between the stones, it provides an oasis of greenery that can be seen the moment one steps in the entry hall.

In seeking the architect to renovate the interior, Mott Schmidt was their first choice. Schmidt had designed houses for Vincent Astor, J.P Morgan's daughter, Anne Morgan, and Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt, but he executed his most exquisite work over several decades for the Rockefeller Family. Mott Schmidt was the master designer of the understated, exquisitely proportioned, Adam-inspired interior. David Rockefeller wrote to him in 1970 after other Schmidt projects had been completed for the family: "I know of no one in the country who can design Georgian houses with the style, warmth, and quality that you do." The interiors that Schmidt created speak clearer than ever today - proportion so perfect that every room is a pleasure, every door opening at just the right height, intimate sitting rooms opening into sweeping formal spaces, and banks of windows overlooking the superbly planted south garden.

This house comprises approximately 9,777 square feet above grade on four levels, with an additional basement level of approximately 2,465 square feet with an entrance to the garden. The total outdoor space is approximately 2,958 square feet. The facade elevation features four windows on the first four levels. While the window configuration varies on the rear facade, both the living room and master bedroom feature east-facing windows in addition to the southern windows. The dining room overlooks the garden, as does a sitting room, with access to the rear garden. Also overlooking the garden, the living room spans the full width of the house with an additional east window and a fireplace. There are 8 bedrooms, a library, as well as 6 staff rooms. There are 8 full baths and 3 half baths, a total of 8 fireplaces and a large temperature controlled wine vault. The entry to the house is particularly appealing as the greenery of the garden is immediately visible. The staircase ascends to the fourth floor and is capped by a large skylight designed to permit light to pour into the building. There is also an elevator that serves all floors, including the basement. There is an exceptional calm and beauty to the interior.

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16 East 78th Street   (Click address for more details)
Listing #: 134743
Price: $19,500,000
Floors: 6
Approx Sq Ft: 6,300
Sect: Upper East Side
Grand scale five story townhouse with a prestigious address. Part of a landmark row of historic turn-of-the-century townhouses, this grand residence offers a truly exceptional chance to acquire an extraordinarily large property in New York's most privileged park side enclave. An inspirational sense of space pervades every element of this superb property that spans over five stories of living space and a roof terrace, each connected by an internal elevator. A major highlight is the expansive rooftop garden terrace which offers a peaceful space to relax or entertain against inspiring city views of Central Park and the Empire State Building. The bright interior layout is generously proportioned and beautifully finished the highest quality materials. There are four bedrooms in all including a full-floor master retreat with fireplaces, ample closet space and its own private sundeck and outdoor seating area. In addition, there is a full basement level, separate gym and office space, a flexible media room/fifth bedroom, a formal dining room with attached butler's pantry, as well as a master bathroom with large Jacuzzi tub. This beautifully presented home effortlessly balances its enchanting character appeal with a modern-day family design to deliver a remarkable property which offers elegance and quality.
154 West 11th Street   (Click address for more details)
Listing #: 183211
Price: $7,795,000
Floors: 4
Approx Sq Ft: 2,400
Nghbd: Central Village
Exquisitely renovated 20 ft. wide single-family townhouse exceptionally situated in Greenwich Village Historic District. This gorgeous home originally built in 1845 has been expertly restored and designed, offering 3 floors plus a finished cellar, 2,400 square feet of graceful interiors and a quaint garden. A perfect layout for quintessential townhouse living with stunning tree-lined views and sunny north and south exposures, walnut stained oak wood floors, nearly 10ft ceilings throughout, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 4 wood burning fireplaces, expansive living room and gourmet kitchen.

Located in the beloved Greenwich Village, the area offers the best that New York City has to offer including the iconic Washington Square Park. "The Village" is at the heart of cultural history and some of the most famous bars and bookstores are landmarks. With deep roots of cultural history mixed with trendy hot spots and elegant boutiques, it is the place to live!

The cellar level houses a magnificently designed gourmet kitchen featuring custom cabinetry, original wood ceiling beams, wood burning fireplace top-of-the-line appliances including Viking range and oven, SubZero refrigerator and integrated wine refrigerator, basin farmhouse sink, movable marble top island and a large space for large scale entertaining or cozy dining. This level also includes an expansive laundry room with full size washer and dryer and ample storage space.

Located off one of the most beautiful blocks in the Village, a fully restored exterior leads to the main entrance of the house with a gracious vestibule and gorgeous staircase. The great room is perfect for lavish entertaining or a quiet night with the family. Complete with wood burning fireplace, antique marble mantle, custom millwork, A/V Crestron system and state of the art speakers. Perfectly situated off the living space is a powder room and an elegant garden complete with lush greenery.

This floor offers two handsomely proportioned bedrooms both with beautiful light and views, another wood burning fireplace, and built-in speakers. These two bedrooms share a south-facing windowed bathroom complete with soaking tub.

Dedicated solely to the master suite, this sanctuary has soaring 10'5" ceilings, a wood burning fireplace, stunning dressing area with an abundance of storage, and a classic light-filled marble bathroom with soaking tub and separate glass enclosed shower. A perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
353 East 19th Street   (Click address for more details)
Listing #: 178677
Price: $4,295,000
Floors: 4
Approx Sq Ft: 4,000
Nghbd: Gramercy Park
Delivered with approved plans from the Department of Buildings, 353 East 19th Street presents an immediate opportunity to create a thoughtfully laid out single-family home just East of Gramercy Park and Irving Place.Designed by Buck Projects architecture for modern and practical living, the new plans offer transformed elevations to maximize ceiling heights, rebuilt front and rear facades to improve natural sunlight , a large garden in rear, a fully functioning cellar, and an open view roof terrace.353 East 19th Street is an existing 3 unit vacant townhouse configured a garden floor through, a 3-bedroom middle duplex with terrace and garden access, and a top floor floor through. The property benefits from an already excavated cellar with 8' height clearance.Located on a tree-lined, townhouse block outside of the Historic District, this 20 x 92 lot can be built to approximately 5,030 square feet of fully usable space.
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