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Just off Park Avenue on a tree-lined street just four blocks from Grand Central Station, this landmarked townhouse at 130 East 38th Street is both historic and a modern design masterpiece. Built in 1869 as a Second Empire-style brownstone, the four-story home’s facade was altered in 1919 by the popular Ziegfeld actress Ida Adams. Its rounded oak front door originated in a Detroit mansion. More recently, the three-bedroom home, listed for $5,750,000, has been reimagined for the 21st century, from its finished lower-level suite to its landscaped roof terrace with panoramic skyline views.
This transformation becomes even more impressive when you see the home when it changed hands, pre-renovation, in 2014, when it was listed in its stripped-down state for $3.5 million. The considered layout and design of the home’s interiors reflect of-the-moment British chic and modern livability and comfort.
This is evident in the furnishings–which are included in the sale–and in the home’s clean lines, smart-home automation, and clever mix of formal and relaxed areas. Sonos sound, a Lutron lighting system, high-tech thermostats, and electronic shades can all be controlled remotely.
Visual highlights include subtle Farrow and Ball wall colors and wide-plank white oak floors. In the formal living room, a modern remote-controlled linear gas fireplace and a mid-century modern mirrored walnut bar are the focal points.
The home’s unique front windows were restored, while new, modern oversized windows grace the rear. A stunning contemporary open-tread staircase and an all-glass bulkhead at the home’s zenith allow light to flow freely through the space.
On the home’s lowest level is a sky-lit family room with state-of-the-art electronics including a 65-inch smart TV, and surround sound system. Also down here are a kitchenette, a dedicated laundry room, and a bathroom. Under-street vaults house a mechanicals room and a private wine cellar.
A clean, bright custom kitchen boasts 11-foot ceilings and Vermont Danby marble countertops. Details both modern and classic include Buster and Punch light switches and cabinet pulls and vintage Danish mid-century pendant lighting. Appliances are by Wolf, Sub-Zero, and Bosch. A large dining and prep island holds a wine refrigerator, and a larger formal dining room awaits nearby if your guest list grows.
The luxurious full-floor primary bedroom suite offers two capacious custom closets and electric shades on the windows. A Waterworks bathroom is done in black and white, with a double vanity and Japanese toilet. Two additional spacious bedrooms share a marble bathroom with a soaking tub.
The jewel atop this Manhattan dream house is a lush furnished and landscaped roof terrace with up-close views of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. Automated irrigation makes maintenance a breeze.
The Murray Hill residence is guarded from top to bottom by a high-tech security system and video entry for overall peace of mind. The home comes fully furnished, making turn-key occupancy more than just a sales pitch.
[Listing details: 130 East 38th Street at CityRealty]
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Photos courtesy of The Corcoran Group