“Unattainable” UWS Apartment: 122 Year-Old Townhouse On West 87th For $17.5 Million

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

WARNING: If you’re single and feeling lonely on this Valentine’s Day, you may just fall in love with this 19th century townhouse at 38 W. 87th (between Columbus & Central Park West).

The 6 BR, 6 BA (plus 3 more half-BA) single-family home stretching over nearly 9,000 square feet recently hit the market for $17.5 million.

Here’s the listing detail:

The opportunity is here to own a 20 foot wide, turnkey residence on a majestic, town house lined Central Park block. This Queen Anne/Renaissance Rival townhouse which was originally built in 1891 by architect Gilbert A. Schellenger is receiving a completely rebuilt interior.  The facade and turn stoop will be restored to its former 1891 beauty while the interior will have state of the art modern conveniences.  Projected delivery date is summer of 2013.

This single family home offers over 8,400 square feet of interior space between the five floors, each in grand proportion and connected by a stunning sweeping staircase. Additionally there is an elevator with access on every level from the roof solarium with deck all the way down to the full footprint sized finished basement with egress to the back garden.

Throughout the home is beautifully laid hardwood floors, radiant heat flooring and every modern amenity, partnered with the finest of natural woods, stone, and finishes to create the most peaceful and elegant residence.  Additionally, the basement has laundry, exercise room, half bath, wine cellar and egress that lead out to the upper garden.

The main entertaining areas of this home are found on the parlor, garden and fifth floor levels. The parlor level holds the grand salon, formal dining room with coffered ceilings, two fireplaces, balcony and full butler’s pantry with dumbwaiter. On the garden level is a large salon/sitting area, chef’s kitchen, breakfast room and a large outdoor garden.

Six bedrooms are found throughout this magnificent home.  The first of the guest rooms is on the garden level with its own private entrance.  The master bedroom is located on the third floor with two stunning bathrooms, fire place, a sitting room and an abundance of closets throughout. There are two more bedrooms on the fourth floor each with their own on en suite bath and customized closet, one of these bedrooms includes the addition of a large terrace.  A second washer and dryer are found in the hall on the fourth floor for added convenience.  The final two bedrooms are found on the fifth floor off the great room with a full bath.

The finale of this spectacular home unveils on the roof level.  Enter into a unique ~500 square foot solarium with full wet bar and powder room. Outside the solarium, the fully planted and irrigated roof has two outdoor spaces, one facing north (~400 sq.ft.) with barbecue and the other facing south (~120 sq.ft.)

It is very rare to own a part of New York City’s history in a home that maintains the integrity of its heritage while having all the latest modern conveniences of new construction.

This home is offered by Blu Realty Group for $17.5 million. You can also find details at 38W87.com.



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  • adam

    they paid 5.1M for this just one year ago. the price is absurd and its listed by a broker who doesnt know the UWS townhouse market. what’s “rare” is to have a listing so out of touch with the market.