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Ornate Upper East Side home with hidden panic room seeks $26.5M

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The townhouse is less than a block away from Central Park and dates back to the 1860s


An opulent Upper East Side townhouse that dates back to 1866 has made its way to the market and is looking to unload for $26.5 million. The red brick and limestone home is located along East 78th Street and is less than a block away from Central Park.

Per the listing description, the 25-foot wide townhouse has a storied past: It has served as home to a cotton dealer named Michael B. Fielding, was the home of the president of a handkerchief manufacturing firm in 1904, and according to the New York Post, it is now the home of filmmaker Pia Getty.

The four-story abode spans 8,760 square feet and consists of six bedrooms (five of which are en-suite) and more than seven bathrooms. The decorated home is serviced by an elevator and features a plethora of classic details that include elaborate moldings and millwork; ornate ceilings, inlaid floors, wood-framed windows, shutters, ceiling medallions, built-in bookshelves, mahogany doors, and eye-catching wallpaper. The garden level is home to a formal dining room with a wood-burning fireplace and the eat-in kitchen, which is equipped with custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, a large island, and a service pantry. This level also features a glass-enclosed sun room that leads to a serene garden.

Throughout the abode, you’ll also find a wood-paneled library with a wood-burning fireplace, a study room, a family room on the fifth floor, a laundry room, and endless storage space. The English basement has been lauded as the “most striking feature of the house” and includes a gym, and a wine cellar. and though the listing doesn’t make mention of it, there is a panic room located somewhere within the home.