This property is no longer available to rent or buy. This description is from August 01, 2013
Located on one of the most storied West Side blocks (both Goldman and Sachs of Wall Street owned homes here) this 5-story 20' wide Renaissance Revival single-family brownstone was built in 1891 by the prolific townhouse architect Gilbert A. Schellenger. Formerly the Perry Ellis house, 37 West 70th was redesigned in an airy European style by the famous Ward Bennett for the present owners . The house is filled with features, materials and well thought-out elements simply not available today. The bathrooms are outfitted with the Art Deco treasures of the London Savoy Hotel. The floor to ceiling French casement windows are a showstopper from the moment you approach this home. Original detailing and custom restoration abounds throughout the 13 rooms (7 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths). The light, location, history and detailing exclusively offered in this home are unparalleled and should not be missed. Garden floor: If you enter at the informal under the stoop entrance, you will pass through a mud room and on your left is a large bedroom with en suite baths; but the rear kitchen is the highlight of this floor. Spacious French country is achieved and enhanced with terra-cotta tile flooring, a 10' long center island/counter, a six burner Garland range with double ovens, all ringed with aged white Carrera marble countertops. Eat in the kitchen or wander into the extension where a bright breakfast room gives directly on to the magnificent garden. For the cook who wants everything, there is an intelligent pantry room filled floor to ceiling with cabinets, drawers and a sink. And what would a French country kitchen be without a wood burning fireplace!! The garden is meticulously landscaped. The herringbone patterned brick and 6' high brick garden walls are topped with rare arched cornice detailing. Absolutely amazing light in this north-facing garden! Parlor Floor: The home's formal entrance is at the top of the stoop. From the intact winter doors, the gorgeous mellowed patina of light woods greet you as you enter.The coffered ceiling entrance vestibule and foyer opens to a sitting room with original pocket doors. A wet bar and custom pocket doors neatly separate the dining room in the rear. Juliet balconies off front and rear windows afford great south and north facing light. A most handsome study in the extension has three sets of floor to ceiling French casement windows which allow the light and sounds of the magnificent garden to enter. And there is an unusual one-person elevator/dumbwaiter that services the garden and master bedroom floors. There are two wood burning fireplaces on this floor. Third Floor: This floor is used as a master bedroom suite. The bedroom overlooks the garden at the rear. A generous-sized bathroom with closets, tub and large shower is in the extension; all fixtures are Art Deco pieces from London's Savoy Hotel. The master has a dressing area with Edwardian marble sink, closets and cabinetry. In the front of the house on this floor is a large study with very impressive built-in lighted bookcases. There are two woodburning fireplaces on this floor with original mantels. Fourth Floor: There are 3 bedrooms on this floor. A large bedroom to rear of the floor has abundant light, and a lovely private terrace. The terrace has been expertly finished with herringbone-patterned brick and brick arched cornices on the parapet walls, similar in style to the garden below. Bathed in southern light, a similarly grand bedroom is located to the front. Both bedrooms are mini-suites, with a dressing area with Edwardian marble sink, closets and cabinetry. A smaller bedroom is also located at the front. Art Deco fixtures including a circular window and lighting from London's Savoy Hotel appoint this sizable full bath. There are two woodburning fireplaces on this floor with original mantels. Fifth Floor: On the top floor of this dazzling home, you'll find an 18' x 19' room which could function as a bedroom, recreation or media room located to rear. A handsome wood-paneled bedroom occupies the front half of this floor, complete with built-in cabinetry, as well as a wet bar. A spa bath with sauna connects the rooms and is a serene escape, finished with milk glass counters, sink and closets, and original Art Deco lighting fixtures. A large cedar closet is located in the hall. There is a woodburning fireplace on this floor with an original mantel. Cellar: Terra-cotta tile floor greets you at the landing at the bottom of stairs. This is a full-height cellar, no stooping. An impressive glass door at the front of the cellar leads to an expansive climate-controlled wine room. A mirrored glass door at the end of the wine room cleverly camouflages the access to mechanicals under the sidewalk. A substantial cedar closet, laundry room, and huge storage space (unfinished) complete the cellar floor. All wood floors on the Parlor, Second, Third and Fourth floor are original and restored. The marquetry inlays are museum quality. Ornate custom ironwork with finials on the garden and parlor floors, front and back of the home. The rear ironwork bi-folds. There are 9 fireplaces, 10 are woodburning and have their original mantels. Wood shutters throughout the home. Respectful restoration of the spindles and banisters on the staircase throughout the home. The house is multi-zoned for central air with thermostats on every floor. A security system on all doors and windows. Custom retractable terra-cotta-colored awnings over the large glass windows at the rear of the garden and parlor floors provide shade and privacy and cast a beautiful warm-colored light rarely seen indoors. Rear outlook from home is without equal: 5-story brownstones all around, all well-maintained and many single families.