About this property
TIMELESS RELEVANCE – ENDURING QUALITY
Built in 1891 by architects, Ogden & Sons, the formidable “Richter Mansion” has been standing proudly on its glorious block for parts of three centuries. This grand, Renaissance Revival home enjoys a bright, trophy position between Fifth & Madison Avenues — close to Central Park. Brighter still is the beauty on the inside.
Beyond the front garden unfolds nearly 5600 square feet of space, comfort, elegance, history, & good living. Soaring ceilings, restored woodwork & original fireplace mantels compliment the renovation & upgrades that bring 21st Century sensibility to this townhouse. With a new roof; new plumbing, electrical, gas, hot water, security, & private generator systems; new oversized, Landmarks-approved windows; new central ac; new copper gutters; & an entirely renovated garden, surrounding garden wall, & garden level — all of the “heavy-lifting” has been done. Move-in ready, this rare residence — mindfully designed by architect Charlotte Worthy & crafted by Rusk Renovations — is stunning & practical.
The magic of the garden-level is that it lives so easily. The foyer opens to a gallery by the building’s stunning front stairs. Arched pocket doors lead to the breakfast room, which opens to a den, which opens to the fully renovated, marble capped chef’s kitchen, which spills onto the fully renovated backyard garden. This lofted-out level offers a one-level simplicity to serve a big NYC life. With custom built-ins, vast closets/storage, a bonus service entrance (w/seating area), laundry, & a drool-worthy, garden-view kitchen (w/ample custom cabinets, a dining bar, & top-shelf appliances by Wolf, Subzero, & Miele), this floor is a stretch-out showstopper. Flowing right out to the newly done, bluestone-clad garden — with new brick perimeter & plantings — this level enjoys multiple seating areas & an indoor/outdoor lifestyle that makes entertaining breezy.
Overlooking the backyard is a sweet veranda off of the formal dining room. With freshly restored ironwork, this pretty perch beautifully compliments the gorgeous dining room behind it. With wonderfully restored inlaid floors & ceilings soaring to nearly 12-feet, the dining room opens to a reception area & the dramatic living room to the front of the house. With its signature millwork & original plasterwork, this floor is an impressive mix of history & scale. Served by a lovely back stairway down to the designer kitchen, & the magnificent main stairs in the front, the parlor level enjoys a comfortable elegance that makes this easy-to-live home so easy to love.
The primary bedroom is a floor-through suite with a garden view bedroom. Served by a delightful dual-sinked, windowed marble bath w/soaking tub & shower, this abode enjoys nearly 11-foot high ceilings, original detail, generous custom closets, & two dressing areas. The front half of this floor offers a bonus living room w/a South-facing bay window. This copious space makes for an ideal office & den (big enough to become yet another bedroom).
Two huge bedroom suites are on the fourth floor. They, too, enjoy ceilings nearly 11-feet high, woodwork original to the house, ample closets & storage, & are served by a lovely windowed bath & a high-walled terrace w/new decking. The top floor of this sprawling townhouse offers two (possibly three) guest bedroom spaces. With a big new hall skylight, a new bonus kitchenette w/its own skylight, & another laundry area, this flexible floor is the ultimate work & play space.
Elegant wallpapers, & rugs by Stark are just a couple of the tasteful style touches that make this terrific townhouse a timeless treasure throughout. Immensely livable & completely lovable, this enviable, convenient address has only been called home by a handful of lucky households over the years. Renovated & restored, this important & heartwarming residence is ready for its next lucky owners.
Listing Courtesy of Brian Lewis