Nestled gracefully within the quiet embrace of a tree-lined Street in the heart of the Upper East Side Historic District, 156 East 78th Street emerges as a very special home of European quiet refinement. This stately five-story single-family residence, boasts approximately 5900 square feet of interior space, plus an additional 1700 SF enchanting garden and planted terrace.
Approached via a secured, gated patio, the entrance unveils itself with an invitation steeped in elegance. A marbled vestibule leads to a central hall, flanked by a superb curved wrought-iron staircase that ascends with grace, while an elevator stands poised to serve the upper floors.
The main hall ushers occupants into a capacious loft-like realm featuring the Dining Room and Lounge/Family Room. Here, a WBFP presides, and beyond, a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows beckons, revealing a south-facing Zen-like garden: This sun-kissed haven seamlessly extends the already generous lounge, forming an ideal space for harmonious indoor/outdoor gatherings.
Completing this floor is a fully equipped kitchen with its separate service entrance.
A gracefully curved staircase ascends to the parlor floor, graced by a south-facing, awe-inspiring Living Room. At its heart, a resplendent WBFP radiates warmth, while a well-positioned walk-in bar area elevates the art of hospitality. A very generous south-facing window bathes the room in ethereal light, framing the tranquil garden below and neighboring manicured landscapes.
The Living Room, with its generous proportions, invites versatile seating arrangements amidst striking architectural intricacies, such as intricate moldings, ceilings soaring over 10 feet, and a grand arched entrance that resonates in harmony with the archway leading to the library. The library, cocooned in warm wood paneling, hosts built-in bookshelves, a tastefully appointed powder room, and a decorative fireplace. A discreet ceiling-mounted projector screen comes as an additional amenity. Through its three windows, the library offers picturesque views of the historic 1870s red brick row houses, further enhancing the allure of this historical block.
The third floor unfolds as an exclusive sanctuary, dedicated entirely to the Master Bedroom. An exceptionally spacious retreat, graced by a WBFP, gazes through three south-facing windows upon the lush gardens below. This peaceful haven seamlessly connects to a front-facing, custom-fitted Dressing Room/Office, accessible via a hallway or an opulent marbled Master Bathroom. The bathroom features double sinks, a Jacuzzi-equipped soaking tub, a separate shower, and abundant custom storage.
The fourth and fifth floors unveil three additional generously proportioned and sunlit Bedrooms, each graced with its ensuite bath. A staff room with a bath and a private office further enhance these upper floor.
The lower level of this regal abode encompasses a laundry room, a powder room, expansive storage spaces, and meticulously maintained mechanicals.
156 East 78th Street is offered either for Sale or for rent
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