Another one for the ongoing best private pool competition: 45 East 74th Street, a new-to-market townhouse that gets the full Journal treatment today. Its claim to fame? It has not one but two pools, one in the basement and one on the roof. The developer, film producer Valerio Morabito, gutted the former five-unit rental (which he purchased for $10 million in 2008) to give the place a makeover with the help of architect Joseph Pell Lombardi. The pool room "is designed to maintain a constant humidity and to be free of pool smells." And the pool is almost the least of it.
The listing explains:
In a style reminiscent of Renaissance architecture, the home draws inspiration from classic Italian icons, perfectly integrated with warm and rich contemporary interior design.?from hand-crafted bronze and leather banisters, Italian marble facade imported from Italy, and honed mill work panels, to the precisely-refined coffered ceilings?.While the façade and portico are classic neo-Roman – ornamental Doric columns and pediments cut from solid blocks of cream-colored limestone – the interiors are incredibly modern and no less stunning. Grand and distinct, the interiors feature a bisazza mosaic tile-lined swimming pool and spa, wine cellar, state-of-the-art kitchen, ten-foot ceilings, and a striking amount of space for entertaining guests – all bathed in an abundance of natural light. Wood-burning fireplaces and rich, cerused oak floors finish the warm the interiors?Four open-air terraces reveal distinctive views of the chic Upper East Side, while the penthouse floor’s terrace spa offers a tranquil refuge for a midnight starlit soak. A midnight soak: a great way to get the most out of the $33 million a buyer's being asked to pay for the property.
Warning: the floorplans are hard to read: