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Historic Upper East Side townhouse with Astroturf playroom wants $35M

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The enormous abode spans eight levels, if you count the finished roof deck

Priced at $35 million, this historic townhouse at 12 East 80th Street is pretty much peak Upper East Side townhouse. With 10,000 square feet of interior space spread over seven levels, and 1,300 more, if you count the all the outdoor living spaces — three terraces, a garden, and a luxurious roof deck — it is difficult to outline all of the mansion’s many features, so let us focus on the most important: there is a playroom carpeted in Astroturf. Brilliant? Ridiculous? You decide.

Other highlights of this enormous 7-bedroom, 9.5 bath abode include herringbone oak floors; "deep" and "intricate" crown moldings; an ultra-deluxe kitchen, stocked with all the fancy appliances one might imagine, some in duplicate; and a smart home Savant system, which controls everything from the HVAC system to the window shades. Five of the seven bedrooms are palatial — the other two are only sizable — the majority of the bathrooms are "replete" with Calacatta marble, and, presumably because it can, the home has three separate laundry facilities.

Like all things Upper East Side, the place comes with a pedigree. Built in 1885-86, the residence is the only one remaining out of the five brownstones designed by Charles Graham & Sons for the real estate family B.A. and G.N. Williams. The home changed hands in 1917, at which point the new residents — Julia Appleton Newbold Cross and her banker/nature-enthusiast husband, William Redmond Cross — gave it an update, replacing the brownstone’s original design with the red brick facade and a whole host of "enchanting" Neo-Federal features.