Seeing as how we're total obsessives for a good townhouse reno, Curbed swung by 116 West 71st Street this weekend, where the sales team had an all-day open house marketing the $16.4 million brownstone. We got there around mid-day and about 150 people had already signed in. The place, now LEED certified, has an interesting backstory: the buyer bought the place 7 years ago when it was a down-and-out SRO and began the lengthy process of renovating it into the traditionally-styled (with super modern bones) townhouse it is now. They even excavated the basement so the ceiling height is decent. Of course, all that work and time is reflected in the asking price.
The renovation was a future-looking one, which explains the five miles of fiber optic wires going through the building, making it ready for the Jetsons to move in. Otherwise, it boasts the typical high-end reno details, all spread out over 8,200 square feet. 2,000 per square foot isn't totally unreasonable, but it's going to take a well-heeled buyer who's foregoing the park facing buildings to snatch this place up.
After a meticulous renovation this magnificent LEED certified 20' wide single-family residence with 6 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and 10 wood burning fireplaces is now being offered for sale. The 11'6" ceiling on the parlor level is complimented by herringbone patterned White Oak flooring with a walnut trim....Enormous windows showcase a magnificent Bluestone garden with a Blazing Maple Tree. Down a floating open riser staircase a Smallbone of Devizes chef's kitchen is revealed. Countertops and a blacksplash of white Carrera marble compliment the walnut center island. The kitchen is expertly appointed with 40" Wolf gas range, 48" Subzero Refrigerator, 2 Miele dishwashers, and 2 Franke Oceania stainless steel sinks among other appliances. From the garden level one can descend by stairs or by elevator to a fully finished and excavated basement. This floor contains a tour-de-force of amenities, including: a screening room, 6-person cedar sauna and adjacent Steamist steam shower. For the connoisseur, the 500-bottle African Bloodwood wine cellar is not to be missed. The second floor features a master bedroom with Juliet balcony and an en-suite bathroom that sets a new standard for luxury living....The overwhelming splendor of 116 West 71st culminates in a two-tiered Brazilian Ipe wood roof deck. Spanish cedar planters and Italian rustic brick from the original facade outline a tremendous entertaining and leisure space. The opulence of this home is matched with its innovative technological advancements. With over 5 miles of newly installed cables, the home is Crestron ready, contains Lutron and Lightolier lighting, and is pre-wired with HDMI, Cat5e and fiber optics. With smart home technology, while away from this house, you still remain connected to it. · Listing: 116 West 71st Street [Rubicon]