Welcome to the home that has it all. 132 West 81st is a spectacularly renovated 5 story townhome in the heart of the Upper West Side. No detail has been overlooked in this masterly crafted and designed home. Originally built in 1887 by the architect Edward J. Webb, this home has just undergone a complete re-design and renovated by Alison Downey of Downey Interiors. It’s laid out over 5 stories this 19 foot wide home offers you 5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms and 4 powder rooms, a large eat-in chef’s kitchen, huge entertaining area on the parlor floor with a gas fireplace, two beautiful south-facing outdoor spaces, an elevator and so much more. Located steps from the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, and some of the best shops and restaurants in Manhattan.
As you enter, you are immediately welcomed into a gracious reception gallery with polished stone floors (complete with radiant heat) two large entry closets, and an area to sit down. Beyond, a brand new state-of-the-art eat-in kitchen has been installed and features custom, hand-crafted wood cabinetry with under-cabinet lighting, Soapstone countertops and custom tile backsplash, an oversized island with a breakfast bar, and an impressive appliance suite including a Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer, Viking 6 burner range and two ovens. A huge built-out pantry closet and a powder bath complete the inside of this floor. Outside, you will be wowed by a fully landscaped south facing garden with brick herringbone floors, a gorgeous fountain and plenty of space for an outdoor Bar-B-Q or relaxing outside.
The Parlor Floor boasts nearly 11-foot ceilings and offers a full entertainment floor that spans the entire width of the house. It features a gas fireplace and a beautiful built-in wet bar complete with refrigerator and ice maker. The south-facing dining room, closeable by pocket doors also has French doors that are ornamented by a balcony that overlooks the house garden which you can access that way as well. The living area on the front has lovely seating area adorned with stained glass windows and a cozy fireplace. A powder room is located off the floor landing.
Upstairs on the Third Floor are two large bedrooms or home office. The rear south-facing bedroom serves as a second primary suite or guest room with en suite bath. The front room currently serves as a home office could also be a bedroom. This floor has a wonderful library built in on the landing that functions as a sitting area to read and relax. There is also a powder room on this floor.
Upon entering the Fourth Floor there is an oversized landing that functions as a play space/library, which also includes a laundry closet with stackable washer and dryer. There are two additional bedrooms both with en suite marble and tile baths with custom vanities and custom closets.
The Fifth floor is a full primary suite complete with a huge bedroom and a large, customized dressing room, tastefully renovated bath with oversized double sink vanity, separate shower and tub, water closet enclosure and wet bar, equipped with an under-counter refrigerator and full ice maker.
There is a large bulkhead and roof deck with all new roof tiles, cedar fencing and the roof deck is complete with water and electric and has a sound system in place. A brand new roofing membrane was installed with a 20 yr warranty included.
The cellar level has a built-in home gym, generous storage space, powder room and a laundry room with washer/ dryer and built-in cabinetry
The home’s generous offering also includes a gorgeous custom circular staircase, beautiful oak flooring throughout, a private elevator, central heat and air and the home is fully automated with a Savant system which includes controls for the built-in speakers, automated lighting, and remote entry door system.
132 West 81st Street offers the best of luxury living on the Upper West Side.
Listing Courtesy of Sammy Benalloul, Beth Benalloul, Jules Caprio
Real Estate Taxes
19' x 102.7' (67' deep)
Washer / Dryer in Unit
Private Outdoor Space
Laundry in Building
Private Roof Deck
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