Running along the western side of Manhattan, on the verge of its namesake park and the mighty Hudson, storied Riverside Drive has long been a coveted address, widely known for its luxurious rowhouses, grand 19th-century manors, the iconic Colosseum and Paterno apartment buildings, and the homes of such luminaries as Charles M. Schwab and George and Ira Gershwin. With its spectacular Beaux-Arts detailing—all carefully maintained throughout a meticulous recent renovation—this seven-floor residence merits the title of “mansion” and has earned its place among its eminent neighbors.
New York, New York | The SamplePowers Team, Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan
The majestic home’s position on the hilltop corner of 75th Street affords views unprecedented in a residence in one of the world’s most bustling metropolises. Fittingly, the seven stories have been fitted with 70 windows—many oversized and curved—while multiple bedrooms enjoy balconies. Many of these vantage points revel in views of the park’s treetops, the river, and dramatic sunsets. The sixth floor boasts a conservatory wrapped in glass and an enviable terrace perfect for grand alfresco gatherings with a breathtaking 180-degree backdrop.
The enchanting detailing that pervades the home includes coffered ceilings, decorative ironwork, Tiffany and La Farge stained glass, beautiful inlays in wood and tile flooring, graceful archways, ornate carved woodwork and millwork, elegant parquetry, elaborate chandeliers, intricate tiling, trompe l’oeil painting, and a host of other eye-catching one-of-a-kind details. Ceilings soar to 12 and 14 feet in height, and closet space is generous. Thanks to exposures on three sides, rooms throughout benefit from floods of natural light.
Among the magnificent spaces are eight bedrooms and baths, a library or study detailed with Jacobean-style paneling and a wood-burning fireplace clad in tiles from the Mueller Mosaic Company, a mahogany-paneled theater with a second kitchen nearby, a semicircular music room, a circular dining room with a dedicated china cabinet, and a living room that adjoins the dining room and a chef’s kitchen with pairs of ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, and copper sinks. The basement level, which has a private entrance, offers bedrooms ideal for staff or visitors as well as a third kitchen, a gym, a wine cellar, and office and storage space.
New York is a city with an existence both fabulous and fabled—from its earliest days, populated by the Iroquois and Algonquin; the arrival of the Italian and Dutch explorers; and the Gilded Age to the thriving, bustling early decades of the 21st century. This residence represents a rare opportunity to own a piece of that history.