Unattainable Upper West Side Apartment Of The Week

Monday, May 30th, 2011


This week’s unattainable apartment is a townhouse located at 141 West 81st. The Observer calls it the “It’s-Not-What-You-Think-West-Side-Townhouse,” noting “With a neighbor covered in ivy and a grand Queen Anne facade, it looks like it would be all crown molding and original details all the time on the inside. But instead we get exposed brick, an unusual double-height living room and a kitchen straight out of Star Trek.”

Custom renovated in 2006, this Queen Anne townhouse offers five stories of contemporary luxury. Bold lines, a striking black and white palette, and plenty of natural light excite the eye. The elegant structure of this historic home is used to architectural advantage — bow windows, cathedral ceilings, original beams and exposed brick are found throughout. Natural light and arresting geometry add interest to every room.

The completely round kitchen is like nothing else in New York. The dramatic second floor includes a floating walkway open to the floor below. The outdoor spaces are as generous and modern as the rest of the property. The upper unit benefits from a duplex terrace/roof deck, while the lower unit’s custom landscaped garden includes not only a dining area and built-in barbecue but also an adorable miniature garden cottage. A keyed, windowed elevator makes each unit accessible.

Despite being set-up as two units, prospective buyers can easily reconfigure this townhouse into their dream single-family home. Indeed, the current owner designed this luxury renovation to accommodate a seamless transition to a single-family. However, buyers may also prefer to live in the owner’s garden triplex/quadruplex and receive top-dollar rental income from the upper luxury duplex.

You can click here for an even more detailed, floor-by-floor description.

This townhouse is being offered by Vandenberg for $7,950,000.


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