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121 E 79TH ST |Upper East Side
$18,500,000
Studio
Time on market: 496 days
Taxes/Maintenance: $0
Property type: Single-family
Courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens
THE BLOCK At a time when the Park Avenue railroad could still be seen racing by to pedestrians walking by, before the planted and sculpted median we are so fond of today, 19 townhouses were built along the north side of the double-wide crosstown street of East 79th between Park and Lexington Avenues. Two of these excelled from the onset: In 1907 two sisters engaged Foster, Gade, and Graham to build 123, a double-wide Georgian residence with a wonderfully broad and sunny garden. At the same time, one of their relatives, Eufrasia Tucker, hired Robins and Oakman to design the neighboring house at 121 East 79th Street characterized by two unique elements at the time: a studio in the rear of the house which is built full on the lot on the first floor with views of the wide gardens of 123, and a beautiful parlor level terrace-style garden overlooking the historic gardens of East 80th Street which include four landmarked 36. 67 foot wide mansions: The Lewis Spencer Morris Mansion at 116 East 80th Street, The George Whitney Mansion at 120 East 80th Street, the Clarence Dillon Mansion at 124 East 80th Street, and The Vincent and Helen Astor Mansion located 130 East 80th Street. The rear facades of all four are originally designed with great care to be seen from their gardens, and provide an elegant and exceptionally enchanting backdrop for the elevated garden of 121 East 79th Street. THE TOWNHOUSE From the gated forecourt off East 79th Street, there are two entries: the western door leads to the residence and the eastern door leads to a medical office. The elevator serves all floors and can be accessed from the marble entryway and grand stair of the residential entry hall. On the parlor floor a south-facing living room with powder room is flooded with light streaming through the arched floor-to-ceiling windows facing East 79th Street, one of the benefits of a wide street. The most extraordinary feature of 121 East 79th Street is the sun-splashed kitchen and dining room facing north onto the historic gardens of East 80th Street. The scene is typical of a Rizzoli book on gardens. Fitted for a professional chef, the center island is a focal point for the kitchen and opens to a large dining space. With an eastern wall of glass which becomes a skylight, wrapping the room in light, the 32-foot-deep garden terrace of 121 East 79th Street is brought into the house itself, creating one of the most uncommon and beautiful townhouse kitchens imaginable. On the third, fourth and fifth floors, there are six to seven bedrooms including a lavish master suite with stall shower, double-sinks, and Jacuzzi bathtub. In addition, a library/media room could be converted to a bedroom and the fifth floor rear has an artist's studio with terrific morning light from the east. Recently renovated and excavated, the basement level of this townhouse includes a half bath, abundant storage, a gym, laundry, and building mechanicals. It is accessible via the stair or elevator and completely private to the residence. The street is lined with well-proportioned trees of just the right height and perfectly scaled to frame the townhouses. The completely unique aspects of the interior of 121 East 79th Street combined with the glorious plantings and trees of the surrounding gardens make this a truly exceptional residence more
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