Ultra-luxe, in a tasteful ands sleek sort of way, this $15.99 million Upper West Side brownstone offers five stories of well-tailored decadence (seven, if you count the fully finished basement and roof deck) with an equally rich history. The Renaissance Revival-style townhouse was built in 1894-95 by Gilbert A. Schellenger, who is responsible for a large number of homes throughout the city.
Not that the place is lacking in modern conveniences: all seven levels are served by a commercial-grade elevator, a Savant smart-home system controls everything from the television to the heat, and the house has radiant floor heating throughout (there’s even a snow-melt system underneath the paved garden and front stoop). The roof deck overlooks the Central Park Reservoir, and there are also three fireplaces.
The layout features layer upon layer of thoughtfully planned living space. The basement is designed as an enormous rec room, with custom-built bookshelves and an inlaid entertainment unit; the garden floor features a sun-drenched chef’s kitchen; the parlor floor is decked out for entertaining, with a wet bar, a “discreet” powder room, and yet more wine storage; the third story holds the full-floor master suite; and the fourth floor houses two more bedroom suites.
The fifth floor, meanwhile, offers two more suites: one is a standard bedroom suite, while the other has a terrace, skylight, and wet bar (with more wine storage, obviously). Phew.
On top of all that is the elevator-accessible swanky roof deck, which has stunning city views, stainless steel cabinetry, a designated cocktail station, and an under-cabinet “beverage center,” though in a surprise twist, there is no designated wine storage.
- 31 West 89th Street [Brown Harris Stevens]