The 1891 Gilbert A. Schellinger-designed townhouse at 41 West 70th Street was purchased in 1999 for $1.5 million by a couple that proceeded to gut its interior and rebuild it with a plethora of cool new features. Without further ado, the house now includes: "an elevator, six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, two full floors of entertaining space, a north and south windowed cellar ... Seven huge 7' x 7' steel casement fixed and operable windows ... Four wood-burning fireplaces ... original ironwork front door ... Parlor floor loggia with custom wrought iron hand hewn railings ... Fourth floor terrace with irrigation system [and a] Landscaped garden with irrigation, drainage, specimen Japanese maple, 50' Chinese elm tree," as well as "similar materials to those chosen by Olmstead & Vaux in their construction of Central Park" and "original 120 year old structural beams [that] were planed and woven back into the architecture." The owners put the house back on the market in 2013 for $22.75 million, but it failed to sell and has now returned asking $17.9 million.
· Listing: 41 West 70th Street [Leslie Garfield, via Streeteasy]
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