Interior designer Geoffrey Bradfield specializes in "daring, elegant, and luxurious residences and offices" and describes his aesthetic as "functional opulence." That sort of applies to his own townhouse at 116 East 61st Street?except that the daring thing is the price tag, not so much the interiors. The ask for the new listing is $18 million, and, well, we'll let the brokerbabble describe the 3BR, 4.5BA interior:
Enter into a gracious entrance foyer with French limestone floors and Venetian plaster walls to the large Dining Room with gas fireplace and custom Hyde Park plaster mantel with accents in palladium. Three French doors lead out to the stone and trellised garden. Upstairs there is a formal Drawing Room with soaring ceilings, neoclassical mouldings and in-line gas fireplace as well as a Library with built-in banquettes, gas fireplace and wet bar. A fabulous master bedroom retreat encompasses a whole floor and includes another gas fireplace, a large dressing room and an expansive master bathroom with white Thassos marble, separate tub and shower. Two additional bedrooms with en-suite Carrera marble bathrooms as well as a finished rooftop terrace with retractable awning, a full-height basement with large auxiliary kitchen/laundry room, newly installed custom artisan finished elevator servicing all floors, custom plaster mouldings from Hyde Park Mouldings, and Crestron home automation system throughout complete this special offering. Bradfield paid only a jealousy-inducing $4,150 for the townhouse in 2004, according to the sales record on StreetEasy. (Even if that's a typo, not a bad deal!) There's a bit of backstory to that: the townhouse was part of Ausnit family's collection on 61st Street. Originally, the family planned to sell its four townhouses on the block to a developer who had plans for one large redevelopment. But a rezoning in 1985 made such a redevelopment impossible, and the Ausnits began to sell off the townhouses one by one. By the time Bradfield came along, 116 was the only house still belonging to the family, and maybe they just wanted to get rid of it already. If anyone else has a townhouse they're just itching to get rid of for a similar price, we might know an interested party or two.
Here's the floorplan:
· Listing: 116 East 61st Street [Elliman via StreetEasy]
· Official site: Geoffrey Bradfield [Curbed]
· Geoffrey Bradfield coverage [Curbed]