New York, NY, USA
52 East 66th Street
Handsome and refined, this impeccably renovated 20-foot wide brownstone with stoop and elevator has been gutted to its shell then rebuilt and meticulously crafted to create a modern classic that's bright and imbued with good energy. Originally built in 1877 by architect J. H. Valentine for developer Ira E. Doying, it is one of a row of ten originally neo-Grec residences. No. 52, however, is one of only a handful that retains its historical front façade that features enframements with incised carving at openings, cornice slab lintels and stylized bracketed cornice at the roof.The current owner presents a fresh update to the rear façade with a neoteric combination of beautiful limestone, steel, and glass that allows southern light to permeate the dwelling. Collaborating with renowned architect, Jose L. Ramirez, the owner has invested much time and energy into creating the ultimate amalgamation of all things timeless and timely.The stoop leads to an elegant marble vestibule. An adjacent sitting parlour with gas fireplace is the first stop in the lofty entertaining floor. It is proceeded by the voluminous great room anchored by a a gas fireplace with an impressive mantle. A custom marble and wood bar acts both as a sophisticated visual divide and, functionally, a brilliant service area catering to the formal living and dining spaces. The rear rooms enjoy a beautiful view of the garden. Overall, the home consists of six spacious bedrooms, six sumptuous marble baths plus three powder rooms, a family room, a gym, a delightful large open gourmet kitchen featuring top of the line appliances and large breakfast area, and a full cellar. Comfort and efficiency in mind the whole house is wired and ready for the latest technological tools, and also enjoys multi-zone central heating and air conditioning. The elevator services all floors.The house is also available for rent at $75,000 per month.