Originally built in 1899, 209 East 72nd Street is a magnificent 4-story townhouse with a garden level and multiple private outdoor spaces that was renovated by renowned architect Peter Pennoyer in 1996. The 20’ wide limestone home, built out 50’ with a 12’ extension in the rear.
Two large Kwanzan cherry trees frame the home’s entrance, creating a beautiful canopy that surrounds it in greenery. Inside, a welcoming foyer with fireplace, powder room and walk-in closet, while two built-in window benches offer a comfortable resting spot and street-level views. An elegant spiral staircase originates on this first level. The elevator services all floors including the basement.
Continuing on the first level is something rarely found in a private residence. Descending an imperial staircase, you arrive at a stunning double-height gallery with 15’ ceilings. It is an art collector’s dream. A floor-to-ceiling wall of glass windows and doors leads out to a gorgeous, landscaped garden designed by Madison Cox. The 40' back garden features Japanese maple trees surrounded by 25 year-old cascading climbing hydrangea.
On the second floor, a stately library/living room lined with custom built-in mahogany bookcases enjoys a second gas fireplace as well as a trio of French doors that overlook the private garden. Unusual in a townhouse, there are side windows providing east and west exposures. Facing south onto 72nd Street through three beautiful French doors with Juliette balconies, a superb formal dining and a fully equipped kitchen and bar. A powder room is located next to the library.
A large eat-in kitchen on the third level features three sunny, south-facing windows. It is fitted with high-end stainless-steel appliances including a dual Viking range with grill and vented hood, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher, and a Viking wine refrigerator. This level also consists of a third bedroom/den (featuring a third gas fireplace) which opens to a lovely 200-square-foot terrace overlooking the private garden’s treetops and is wired for sound. A full bathroom and spacious laundry room with full-sized washer/dryer and sink complete the third floor.
The fourth level offers two primary bedrooms with their own full bathrooms. The larger bedroom has a fourth gas fireplace, and two large custom mahogany walk-in closets. Skylights above the staircase, hallway, and larger bathroom drench the top floor with a bright, natural glow. The home is also equipped with central air and heat, and there are beautiful hardwood floors in various styles throughout.
209 East 72nd Street’s central Upper East Side location offers the very best of neighborhood shopping, dining, entertainment, cultural institutions, and transportation options.