Despite the outpouring of Curbed commenter love, no one rushed to purchase 45 East 74th Street when it hit the market for $33 million this April. That price tag is a commitment, and so are the home's two pools, Doric columns, and hand-crafted bronze and leather banisters. The developer, film producer Valerio Morabito, made the place over with an assist from Joseph Pell Lombardi after buying it in its former five-unit form for $10 million in 2008. The house has just had a visit from the PriceChopper, and it is now asking $30 million.
Morabito has followed in the footsteps of many an earlier townhouse seller by enlisting Paula Del Nunzio as the new broker on the property. That means fresh photos, collected in the gallery above (the old ones are here, for comparative purposes), and new brokerbabble. An excerpt:
The creator of this residence was more artist than mere builder, graced with an art director's eye, who constructed a modern classic, the epitome of form and function, with subtle improvements and surprises everywhere.
Every amenity is just where you would want it and works just the way you would want it to. Every door is massive, yet moves effortlessly and fits perfectly, open or closed. Everything you look at and touch has been brilliantly thought out and beautifully executed - the fusion of fine design and flawless engineering?.
Featuring a new Caliza Capri limestone facade with Doric columns and limestone sills imported from Italy, enter the house from either the front stoop or the garden level forecourt. The parlour floor entryway introduces the cerused oak flooring and paneling which characterizes the overall aesthetic of the townhouse. Flooded with light, the entry hall presents the rebuilt main stair of the house, two substantial coat closets, a powder room, and access to the elevator. Double-doors lead to the living room which features an oversized wood-burning fireplace (convertible to gas), soaring ceilings, and views of the rear garden which can be accessed via a circular stair.
The garden level includes a staff suite with full bath and kitchenette in front, a laundry room, powder room, elevator access and a magnificent chef's kitchen adorned with the finest modern fixtures such as SubZero, Viking, Miele, and a beautiful La Cornue range. The planted rear garden is decked in Brazilian ipe wood.
And the hard-to-read floorplans from the old listing: