225 East 48th Street is a meticulously renovated, luxurious 5 story townhouse with elevator on a quiet residential block. This 5 bedroom home has approximately 4,500 sf of interior living space* and over 1,000 sf of exterior space, comprised of a magnificent garden, two terraces, and a beautifully landscaped roof deck that was recently featured in the New York Times. This open, well-lit home features carefully-selected, hand-crafted materials and finishes, including white oak flooring, walnut cabinetry and millwork, bespoke eat-in kitchen and media room by Henrybuilt, marble bathrooms and counters, a Savant Pro home automation system, and motorized Lutron window treatments.
Originally built in 1867, this Italianate style home was thoroughly renovated in 2014. The house enjoys tranquil views of the adjacent historic Turtle Bay Gardens. Numerous Victorian-era period details were preserved and restored, including two arched marble fireplace mantels, restored brownstone facade, and ironwork. The nearly 11' ceiling height on the parlor floor is complemented with a painstakingly-restored gilded pier mirror that is original to the house. An oversized skylight and large rear windows bring ample natural light into the home, while Zola triple-paned windows and frontage on a low-traffic street maintain a quiet, serene environment.
The house was expertly designed to be an ideal home for both large scale living and entertaining. The generously-proportioned floor plan features multiple rooms for entertaining, with an elegant wet bar centrally placed on the Parlor Floor and a service kitchen on the Ground Floor, to facilitate large dinner or cocktail parties. The bedrooms all include ample closet spaces with custom-made maple interiors, along with separate linen and pantry closets. The home features two separate laundry areas, on the Ground Floor and 4th floor.
If your lifestyle is one without the time for planning and supervising a complex, two-year renovation, then look no further than this move-in ready home - which brings together the best of townhouse living and luxuriously-featured new developments - in a convenient and tranquil Turtle Bay location.
Parlor Floor: Enter the home through an arched mahogany double entry door and immediately you'll notice the scale of this room with 10'7' ceilings. A restored and re-gilded pier mirror original to the house is the centerpiece of the front parlor currently used as a reception and seating area. One's sight is then drawn to the Bakalowits and Sohne crystal chandelier above and the custom made walnut paneling and doors ahead. Hidden seamlessly behind these panels is a large entry closet, then a stunning wet bar trimmed in Italian Carrara marble with Franke sink, Dornbracht hot/cold filtered water tap, Miele dishwasher and Marvel beverage refrigerator. Behind yet another panel is a powder room adorned with Jonathan Adler sconces, wallpaper by Osborne and Little and finished in Hansgrohe Axor fixtures, a Toto wall mounted toilet with washlet and Bianco Dolomiti vanity with mitered waterfall edge. Beyond is a 28' long rear parlor that hosts a formal living room with Victorian era fireplace. A custom made plaster arch separates living room from a formal dining room where a 1970s era Kinkeldey crystal chandelier is gracefully hung. Floor to ceiling rear doors lead to a private terrace and stairway with access to the rear garden.
Third Floor: On this level, a chef's kitchen was custom designed and crafted by Henrybuilt and is finished in walnut and white Italian Carrara marble with Franke sink, Dornbracht Tara fixtures, induction cooktop with vented hood by Miele, a double oven by Miele, a 30' built-in refrigerator and 24' built-in freezer by Subzero. Enjoy indoor/outdoor living between the custom built banquette also by Henrybuilt with floor to ceiling double doors that open to a larger terrace overlooking Turtle Bay Gardens. Another powder room also finished in Hansgrohe Axor fixtures and Toto wall mounted toilet is decorated with travertine floor tiling and Donghia wallpaper. At the front of the home is a sizable media room with surround sound in-ceiling speakers, built-in subwoofer and custom shelving and storage by Henrybuilt. An alternate use for this room could be as a separate dining room.
Fourth Floor: Two sizable bedrooms separated by a full bathroom, laundry room and linen closet occupy this floor. The full bathroom is finished in Hangrohe Axor fixtures, a Kohler bathtub, radiant heated floors and towel warmer with Bianco Linear marble countertops and a 48' walnut wall mounted vanity. The laundry room features LG full sized high efficiency steam washer and dryer with a utility sink and wall-mounted drying rack. There are five total oversized closets on this floor alone.
Fifth Floor: The primary bedroom suite and primary bathroom occupy the entire fifth floor and are separated by an immense dressing area with an entire wall dedicated to custom built closets. Light floods into this floor from a large skylight above. The centerpiece of the primary bathroom is a freestanding Victoria + Albert Barcelona bathtub. The bathroom is finished in floor to ceiling Turkish white marble, a Mr Steam aromatherapy steam shower, radiant heat floor and towel warmer. A 96' walnut vanity is coupled with Hansgrohe Axor fixtures and topped by a 72' electric mirror with 15' integrated TV. The primary bedroom features a 1960s vintage Gaetano Sciolari chandelier, a second Victorian-era marble fireplace, 1960s vintage Carl Fagerlund sconces and Robert Abbey bedside swing arm lamps. The oversized window is accompanied by motorized blackout lined drapery in a Calvin Klein fabric.
Roof: This is a great space for outdoor entertaining. The roof is fully landscaped and irrigated with built-in seating storage, has Corten planters and a vegetable garden, a gardening station as well as outdoor speakers and fire pit. The trellis and outdoor seating are all built from Ipe wood.
Basement: The finished basement features a built in office space, cedar-lined closet, a powder room, and additional storage. The custom made desk is finished in maple, a cedar-lined walk in closet is perfect for the seasonal storage of clothing, and there is a great area at the rear which can be used for treadmill and other fitness machines or free weights. Beyond is a massive storage closet that is great for skis, luggage, bicycles, etc.
Garden Floor: The fourth and fifth bedrooms along with an additional laundry, full bathroom and fully equipped service kitchen occupy this floor. An entryway and vestibule under the stoop is finished with Artistic Tile porcelain and is great as a mud room entry to the home. The full bathroom is trimmed in Bianco Linear marble with Hansgrohe fixtures and includes a Kohler bathtub, radiant heat floors and a 36' walnut vanity. The service kitchen includes a 30' Bosch induction range, 24' Liebherr refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher and maple cabinetry in white. Other possible uses for this floor are as a guest apartment, live-in space for extended family or staff, or as a completely separate income-generating investment unit.
Rear Garden: This 29' long garden is professionally landscaped with automated and programmable drip irrigation, is fenced and decked in cedar, has outdoor wi-fi and Episode landscape speakers. The space is complemented with a cypress table, Big Green Egg BBQ and Homdoor tandoor grill.
Additional features of this home are the seamless incorporation of numerous smart home technologies, including motorized Lutron window shades and drape tracks, built-in speakers in 15 rooms and outdoor areas, and a Savant Pro home control system with Sonos and Autonomic music servers. The home automation system gives the homeowner complete app-based control over audio, video, lighting, window shades, climate control, security cameras and 24-zone alarm system, and door locks. The outdoor areas are equipped with timed landscape lighting and programmable, automated drip irrigation systems.
The home was renovated using passive house methods and practices, resulting in a highly environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient building. It is one of only two Energy Star rated residences in New York City. A Zehnder ventilation system provides constantly circulating, filtered fresh air, and a whisper-quiet Mitsubishi City Multi system provides cooling and heating.