This stunning townhome is located in the heart of Manhattan's "Upper West Side", on West 87th Street, 1 ½ blocks from New York's famed Central Park. This area attracts many due to the abundance of great shopping venues, fabulous restaurants, multiple arts and cultural institutions as well as the natural beauty of the quiet tree lined streets of the neighborhood.
The street is known for its creative individuals, Bob Belden a noted saxophonist, arranger, composer, bandleader and producer. Rachel Elkind-Tourre a classical musician, producer and composer. Alan White composer & musician known for his hit musical "Pops Place Uptown" and his hit song "After the Lights Go Down Low" and author John Berendt of "Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil". As well as the luxury of having one of the world's greatest public parks one block away as well as a small private garden ½ block on W. 87 St
139 W 87 St. is built in an elegant Queen Ann style. This masterpiece built in 1884 by Charles Guilleaume distinguished by the wonderful high roof fenestration. The grand appearance of the house as one approaches belies the offering of a comfortable home beyond the door. With a potential for a home office on the parlor floor as well as a full floor of offices or recreation area or additional 2 bedrooms on the 6th floor. Currently it is a single beautiful residence.
The current configuration of the 6 floor house consists of 4 Bedrooms, 4 & 2 half bathrooms residence that offers the grace and grandeur of a bygone era. With a beautiful romantic rear garden, front patio & parlor floor terrace & the sixth floor open flex space with 6 sky lights making this home a sanctuary to enjoy in all seasons causing one reluctant to leave. While featuring abundant outdoor areas to enjoy in all seasons. The grand livingroom has 11' ceilings, beautiful hardwood floors and French doors opening out to a northern terrace. Fresh breezes, lovely street views, and seasonal plantings highlight what a unique treasure this is.
One the first floor is the open family room adjacent to a Chef's kitchen with top -of -the-line appliances, featuring custom wood cabinetry an open dining area. A wall of windowslook out to the beautiful large landscaped garden. On this floor is a ½ bath as well as a coat closet, great additional closets, a separate entrance from the patio and the entrance to full basement with high ceilings a washer /dryer area, a ½ bath as well as the mechanicals and an abundance of storage.
On the parlor floor there is the formal entrance with foyer and center hall leading to the handsome wood paneled Library with its marble mantled wood burning fireplace & original stained glass transom above the window with the original shutters. Across the wonderful wood floor entrance hall is closets and ½ bath is the grand living room with wood burning fireplace overlooking the enchanting garden with a lovely terrace. One is embraced in a sense of warmth and comfort.
The original sweeping wooden stair leads up to the 4th, 5th & 6th floors. On the 4th & 5th floors one finds large 2 bedrooms on each floor with a bath in between and generous closets. On the 6th floor is the open space currently used as artist studio with a ½ bath. It is flooded with light as there is exposure from the south, north and overhead with the 6 skylights. This floor can be used as it currently is configured or set up for an additional 2 bedrooms with baths or for offices.
There is central air-condition, a security system and there are 4 fireplaces throughout the house which 2 are still wood burning, a parlor terrace and a lovely garden. This house has been featured in various movies and TV shows as well as has hosted many charming weddings and cocktail events featuring its lovely garden. It currently is a one family but can easily become a 2 family.
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