The Kleeberg Residence, a jaw-dropping French Renassiance Revival mansion at 3 Riverside Drive, has burst onto the market for $40 million. The 37-foot wide house is grandiose in every sense of the word, with an ornate carved limestone facade, copper trimmed roof, 18 rooms, and nine gaslit fireplaces. According to the Times, the current owners bought the home in 1995 for $10 million and have spent the last 18 years painstakingly restoring the building to its original grandeur. The building's "delirium of French Renaissance Revival details," including the "sunlit fourth-story loggia supported by Corinthian pillars carved in a floral pattern," were designed by architect Charles Pierrepont H. Gilbert when the home was built in the late 1890s.
The five-story home sits on a 95-foot deep lot, and it has six bedrooms, eight and a half bathrooms, a two-room staff suite, four terraces, and an elevator. The nearly 11,000-square-foot interior is covered with a mindboggling amount of intricately carved mahogany details, and the owners have turned the basement level into a gym with an indoor swimming pool and sauna. The basement also has the laundry room.
Earlier this year, the owners tried to rent the home for $60,000 a month, but they changed their minds and have put the mansion up for sale with Prudential Douglas Elliman.
· Gargoyles and Gaslight [NYT]
· 3 Riverside Drive [StreetEasy]