About this property
This is your chance to own a piece of history. Welcome to 241 E 52nd Street, the former residence of 12- time Grammy award-winning artist Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. A short distance from United Nations Plaza, this elegant, turnkey Turtle Bay townhouse offers an oasis of calm amid the hustle and bustle of New York City. This home, constructed in 1899, evokes the best artisanry of its time, including a breathtaking wrought-iron spiral staircase connecting floor after floor of splendid architecture and millwork. Featuring a private garden and terrace, spacious sun-filled rooms, tall ceilings, six fireplaces and a beautiful French country kitchen, this five-level home is the epitome of Midtown luxury.
Enter this stately townhouse through a gated, stone-tiled front yard into a gracious formal foyer. The garden level features a chef’s kitchen, separated from the main space by pocket doors, that boasts a six- burner, double-oven Viking range and hood, Miele dishwasher, and SubZero refrigerator. To the rear of the first level is a spacious formal dining room with a fireplace and wall of glass doors opening to the private outdoor space. Pass through those doors into a 50-foot garden that captures the simple splendor of turn-of-the-century New York: a lovely terra cotta patio, a long, elegant, stone-paved terrazzo and a cabana that serves as an outdoor living room. All this and four fully mature Sycamore trees are surrounded by tall stucco walls that offer privacy in the garden and will make you forget that this inspired and natural family and entertaining space is set in the heart of Midtown.
The south-facing living room on the second floor has a large stone fireplace and towering French doors that open to two precious Juliette balconies overlooking 52nd Street. Pass through an arched doorway to the rear to find a media room with its own fireplace, custom shelving, and French doors that open out onto an exquisite space for a morning coffee with the daily newspaper: a terra cotta veranda overlooking the garden.
The third-floor master suite includes a sun-filled front bedroom, two fireplaces, a dressing area with breathtaking built-in closets, drawers and shelving, a separate WC with bidet, and large Jacuzzi tub. All windows are double-paned, keeping your personal sanctuary quiet from the street below.
The top of the wrap-around staircase is filled with sunlight from an oversized skylight above, creating a warm invitation to retreat to the two peaceful bedrooms on the top floor. Each bedroom has two large, double-paned windows, lots of closet space, and full-size en-suite baths.
When Babyface owned the house, the cellar became a recording studio, with separate temperature and humidity control. The cellar still houses a central sound system (which utilizes the spectacular speakers installed by Babyface) as well as a custom-built wine cellar with space for 700 bottles. A washer and dryer, additional storage, and utility closet round out the space.
Listing Courtesy of Kirsten Jordan, Nicholas Lounsbury