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Palatial Upper East Side mansion with roof deck asks $20M

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It has many posh details including wall and ceiling moldings and several fireplaces

A mansion with Juliet balconies, planters, and limestone facade. Photos: Courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

Rows of fancy townhouses line the streets of the Upper East Side, all with exorbitant price tags and lavish details (and though most of us can’t afford them, they’re always fun to look at). That’s certainly the case for this neoclassical mansion that has hit the market, asking $20 million. It’s also available for rent for the hefty sum of $85,000/month.

The massive, six-story home, located at 54 East 81st Street just steps from Central Park, was fully rebuilt in 2011. It has six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, a fully built roof deck with a hot tub, a large garden, and a recreation room in the basement.

The building’s facade is made of Indiana limestone, and inside, there are many posh interior touches including its wall and ceiling moldings, several fireplaces with mantels, chandeliers, marble countertops, a Juliet balcony, and arched casement windows. Most notably, though, the house features a spiral staircase with a cast iron filigree banister, walnut floors, and a circular skylight.

It’s listed with David E. Kornmeier and Maren Faiella of Brown Harris Stevens.

A bedroom with wall moldings, beige curtains, and a medium-sized bed.
A garden with an ivy-covered fence, a large table with several chairs, a fountain, and several planters.
A living area with wall and ceiling moldings, a round coffee table, a fireplace, and several couches.
A living area with a fireplace, hardwood floors, and wall moldings.
A five-story mansion with a limestone facade.
A spiral staircase with cast iron filigree banister.