What you're smelling as you step off the elevator on the sixth floor at 521 Park Avenue is the scent of fresh gold leaf. This recently remodeled condo is being marketed as the "Return of the Gilded Age" to New York City, and it's difficult to argue when picturing oil barons and industrial titans enjoying cigars in the wood-paneled billiards room after dinner. The residence at 521 Park was the recipient of a gut renovation in 2010, so it's got all of the modern amenities mixed in with its Edith Wharton-world charms—as it should for the $23.5 million it's currently asking. The 4,500 square foot 3/4 BR residence takes up all of the sixth floor and the bedrooms are in a separate wing of the apartment, apart from the entertaining rooms.
The elevator opens onto a private windowed landing, which leads to the thirty-five foot long gallery lined with full limestone-paneled walls, Stalattile limestone inlaid panels and marble flooring, and a decorative fireplace with an antique marble mantel. This central gallery gives access to all public rooms and to the separate bedroom wing. Three sets of French-polished Mahogany and beveled-glass-paned double doors open into the living room, which features a wood burning fireplace with an antique mantel and five large windows overlooking Park Avenue. On the opposite side of the gallery, another pair of walnut and glass double doors frame the entrance to the spacious dining room which has three large windows and wainscot paneling. A special feature of the apartment is the spectacular walnut-paneled game room, off the living room and overlooking the Avenue, with a walnut-carved ceiling complete with a wood-burning antique fireplace. The living room, dining room, and game room each has custom parquet floors constructed from antique oak planking.
521 Park Avenue was built in 1911 by William Boring, two years after he designed 540 Park Avenue up the street.
· 521 Park Avenue [BHS via StreetEasy]