About this property
21ft. West 95th Street, between Columbus & Amsterdam, is among the most historically interesting blocks in all of the Upper West Side. It is lined with distinctive townhouses, eclectic in façade and style. Most of the houses in the block were built between 1885-1891 by two prominent developers, William J. Merritt & Charles Bouton. Merritt contributed the south side’s row of red brick Victorian homes. On the north side, Bouton built the row from 111-121 and 123-133. Of Bouton’s houses, the most well-known is No. 115, but not for architecture or the distinguished physician who once lived there. Dr. Philip O’Hanlon solved the sensational “Geldensuppe Murder Case,” that had all the captivating elements and intrigue of a silver screen crime drama. But famous as he was, Dr. O’Hanlon stands in the shadow of his daughter, Virginia, who posed the question: “Is there a Santa Claus?” His reply, “If you see it in The Sun it’s so.” Virginia’s letter to The New York Sun and the Editor’s response is a triumph in journalism. “They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see.” -NY Sun 1891
For most people, to see is to believe. No picture can possibly capture the whole story of No. 141. Lovingly reimagined by the owners, this new gut-renovated home with elevator exemplifies the poetic free spirit of the Virginias of the world, while reflecting the smooth amalgam of eclectic styles of the block itself. 21-feet wide, nestled in the middle of the treelined block, the house’s newly restored façade is resplendent. The reestablished unadorned stoop accentuates the beautiful new wooden entrance door of the main entry.
The PARLOUR floor is a sweeping, unobstructed entertaining space with 12 ft. ceilings. Exposed stained wooden beams in the ceilings, 7” wide plank floors, and exposed brick imbue character and warmth. The front houses an enclosed glass & iron entry vestibule. In the rear is a library, a guest powder room, and gas fireplace. A spiral staircase connects to the garden below. The new main staircase that connects all floors are finished in steel with mahogany risers and treads.
The THIRD floor master suite finds the sleeping chamber overlooking the garden joined by a reading room located in the extension. Connecting the rear to the front is an exquisite master bathroom adorned with basket weave tile floors and subway tile walls. Finishes and fixtures include separate double vanities, a soaking tub, a separate glass and steel enclosed shower stall and loo. Facing south is the boutique-reminiscent master dressing area and closets.
The FOURTH floor consists of a large front bedroom, a full bath with separate shower stall & tub, a homework room, and a rear garden-facing bedroom and solarium. The FIFTH floor, recreation/family room features a fully equipped bar with front folding doors to a terrace. A rear guest bedroom with balcony and bath can be opened fully to the space. A staircase leads directly to a roof deck with seating and mini golf practice area.
The bright and cheery kitchen is located on the garden floor with direct access to the garden. Finishes and appliances include marble-grained Corian countertops, custom millwork and cabinetry, island with sink, double refrigerators; six-burner plus griddle Miele stove with double oven, convection wall oven, built-in espresso station, and dishwasher. The dining room located in the extension has a picture window to the garden. The garden has an outdoor kitchen with grill, sink and refrigerator. Ipe wood, slate floors, seating areas, artistic mirrored wall and lighting create a welcoming outdoor entertaining space. A second guest powder room is located on this floor. Under the stoop entrance leads to the kitchen and a separate tenant-occupied studio. The cellar houses a gym/media room, laundry room, storage and mechanical rooms. Other amenities include individually room-controlled central air conditioning and sprinklers throughout.
Listing courtesy of Kenneth Moore