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Elegant & Dramatic Townhome

NEW YORK, New York


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    6 bed/5.1 bath


Rarely does an exceptional townhouse of such incomparable quality and condition come on the market. This home combines dramatic renovations with a thorough restoration of many of the original details yielding a house of immense character. With six bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, a library, media room, breakfast room, gym and plenty of outdoor space, 121 West 81 St which is ideally located in the heart of the Upper West Side with The Museum of Natural History, Central Park and terrific shopping all close by, is unparalleled and should not be missed. Garden Floor: This floor enjoys its own separate entrance under the stoop with a small foyer with storage for coats and gear. The front has a lovely guest bedroom and full bathroom en suite. Down the hall is the kitchen with a half bath and pantry closet in between. The chef's kitchen has plenty of room to spread out and features, stone countertops, a large center island with a zinc top and stools for informal dining, double sinks and dishwashers, Sub zero refrigerators and a professional grade 8 burner Viking stove that is vented out to the roof. From the kitchen one steps down into the breakfast room which has a built in banquette and storage, Italian porcelain tile floors and a wall of custom steel doors that open out to the elegantly planted garden beyond. Parlor Floor: The formal entrance to this townhouse is at the top of the stoop where you are greeted by handsome heavy wood doors. The entrance vestibule has lovely tile work and a second set of doors with glass inserts that lead into the formal reception gallery. This space showcases many original features such as a fireplace with carved original mantle and intricately carved door frames, newel post and bannisters as well as paneling running up the staircase and a small wood paneled home office in the front of the house. This reception gallery opens into a stunning living room with ceilings over 10 ft. and featuring an unusual and rare black travertine stone mantle and wall above it. At the far end of this space, dramatically framed out by a pair of simple columns and accessed by a set of three steps in honed white Imperial Danby marble from Vermont which also covers the floor, the dining room dramatically opens up to a soaring 20 ft. high space with a wall of glass looking out onto the garden below. This glass wall has 5 sets of custom steel and glass French doors which open onto Juliet balconies overlooking the garden and is sectioned into panes all the way to the ceiling where there are two matching paned skylights from the terrace above. Third Floor: The public space of the house continues on this floor. In the front of the house is an exquisite wood paneled library with work station, fireplace with an original carved black stone mantle, 10 ft. ceilings, original pocket doors which allow this space to be closed to the hall and a full bathroom. In the rear section of this floor is a media room which opens out onto the dining room below. This room has a built in work station for multiple computers, ample shelving surrounding the large screen TV and a wet bar where the Sonos system, which runs throughout the house, is housed. Fourth Floor: This floor is comprised of a master suite. The master bedroom is located at the rear of the house with French doors opening out onto a large planted out terrace which has electricity, sound and water available. A large and beautifully designed master closet connects the bedroom to the master bathroom at the front of the house which features a working fireplace with original carved mantle, a deep soaking tub, stall shower and a long and beautiful double stone topped sink with turned steel legs. Fifth Floor: The top floor of this house currently has four bedrooms, two in the front and two in the rear, each set sharing a bathroom. The center walls can easily be removed to create two large bedrooms with baths en suite if that is preferred. Additionally there is a stackable washer and dryer on this floor in addition to the full laundry room in the cellar. Cellar: The rear portion of the cellar has been set up as a recreation and media room, with ample shelving and storage for toys or gym equipment. The front portion of this floor is where the power, water, heating, phone and internet systems can be found. This floor also features a full laundry room and additional storage space.


Media room, recreation room.


Upper West statement piece

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    Nora Burden, Brown Harris Stevens

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    (212) 588-5617