The human stars of "Law & Order" are no strangers to New York City real estate. Now, an Upper West Side brownstone that has served as a backdrop for many of the long-running show's scenes (presumably involving only the wealthiest of murderers and rapists) has hit the market for the first time since it was built in 1888, asking $8.75 million. The landmarked, five story, 5,500-square-foot townhouse was purchased from the estate of the original owner in 1981 by actors Peter Maloney and Kristin Griffith, who spent $450,000 on the sale and another $2 million on an extensive, two-year renovation. Despite all the renovating, many of the house's original details, including an intricate hand-carved railing on the staircase, inlaid doors, various fireplaces, and more, have been maintained.
The ground level features an elegant formal dining room; a butler's pantry with copper sink and original woodwork; and a spacious kitchen with entry to a large, sunny south garden for enjoying the outdoors.
The parlor floor has a front entrance graced by stained glass and a grand wooden staircase. The front parlor has 12.5-foot ceilings and a wide casement window bringing in lots of light. The large and handsome library, which overlooks the garden, boasts a wood-burning fireplace, walls paneled with rich wood and exquisite built-in bookshelves.
The second floor has two large bedrooms, one in front which is full-width and has a gas fireplace, and one in back with a full bath. Between the bedrooms, pocket doors delineate his-and-hers dressing areas, with oak cupboards and closets and two charmingly hand-painted sinks--blue for him and pink for her, each with back mirror and set into a marble countertop.
Four more bedrooms, one with a gas fireplace, and two full baths provide comfortable sleeping quarters on the house's third story.
The top story of this house is magical, indeed. It is flooded with light thanks to its 18-foot ceiling and majestic skylight. There are two terraces here: a fabulous front terrace, perfect for dining al fresco, and a smaller one at the back which, with its south light, is great for gardening. The penthouse has a full kitchen, powder room and a loft bedroom with full bath, which makes it a great space for a home office, artist's studio or guest quarters.