Where to begin with this gracious Upper East Side co-op, now on the market for $5.65 million? For one, it is the former home of Wendy Vanderbilt Lehman—yes, of that Vanderbilt and those Lehmans—an artist who passed away this summer. Her abode was specifically designed by the building’s architect, Charles A. Platt, who was commissioned to design an apartment with units that evoked "the concept of a home without the responsibility and upkeep typically associated with a townhouse," according to the listing. It is also sprawling, with living spaces on three different floors.
Upon entering, you’re lead into the grand living room—known as "the studio"—which boasts 18-foot ceilings, a fireplace and one enormous north-facing window. The adjacent formal dining room, situated between the living room and kitchen, can fit 14.
Above, on the seventh floor, are three bedrooms. The master suite has its own dressing room (probably larger than your bedroom), as well as an ensuite bathroom. There’s an additional bedroom, while what was originally designed as the fourth bedroom has been converted into a den. Finally, above that, are two adjoining maids rooms on the top floor of the building included in the sale.
The listing hopes the apartment invokes "a most elegant bygone era," and we’ve gotta say that it does. That’s in no small part to the original details that have been preserved since the building opened in 1906, like the wood floors, built-in shelving and wainscoting. The kitchen is the only space with a thoroughly modern touch. This white-glove co-op doesn’t have much in the way of amenities (a laundry room, common storage area and full-time doorman) but the maintenance is a hefty $7,019 a month.
- Listing: 131 East 66th Street, Apt. 6-7C [Corcoran]