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Opulent Upper East Side duplex with decor from Versailles wants $8.5M

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It’s been renovated by renowned interior designer Robert Couturier

The listing calls out this four-bedroom Fifth Avenue apartment for its "flair," and it does indeed boast some fanciful details. First off, it’s plenty spacious, spanning 3,500 square feet over two floors. The interior designer Robert Couturier was given the go-ahead to renovate it, and he came up with a nice balance between the old-world details of the apartment and fancy modern finishes. Bold modern artwork decorates the classically-appointed living room; a curved staircase with zebra print carpet meets the historic detailing of the hardwood floors.

Given the $8.5 million price tag, there are a lot of perks that come with the space. You enter the apartment through a private landing and have views of Central Park from the living room. The living room is decorated with crown moldings and a gas fireplace with a marble mantle, but the library is the real stunner. Besides a gas fireplace, there are 18th-century chestnut panels from Versailles lining the walls and the ceiling. (Talk about flair.)

The formal dining room, located on the first floor with the kitchen, library and living room, can fit up to 10 guests. The kitchen, separated from the dining room by a service entrance, holds a six-burner griddle, dual oven Wolfe stove, dishwasher and convection oven. The butler's pantry has a second dishwasher, not to mention two wine coolers with separated temperature controls.

The second floor holds the master bedroom, three large bedrooms and a nursery space. Attached to the bedroom is a "marble and tile haven," as the listing calls it—otherwise known as the master bathroom—as well as a customized walk-in closet with wood details. There are no 18th century, sourced-from-Versailles finishes up here, but we’ll take what we can get.

Maintenance for this apartment is a whopping $11,702 a month. 953 5th Avenue, as you may suspect, is a white-glove cooperative that even boasts its own 24/7 elevator operator. So, yes: this apartment is fancy through and through.