A regal corner duplex home of massive proportions, with gorgeous exterior exposures from every room flooding the home with sun at The Studio Building, a handsome and historic full-service luxury prewar cooperative on the prime Upper East Side. Residence 8/9B at 131 East 66th Street is a rare blend of grandeur and charm, masterfully envisioned by preeminent architect of the American Renaissance, Charles A. Platt who himself had resided in the building after its completion in 1906.
Commanding the building's prime southwest corner, the grand entertaining space is a dream come true for those who enjoy entertaining at scale. A palatial corner living room stretches over 30 feet. It is anchored by a central decorative fireplace with stately beams overhead and enveloped by four pairs of oversized six-over-six windows which bathe the room in sunlight and showcase a medley of quintessential New York City sceneries. To the West, the red-brick turrets of the Park Avenue Armory rise from the treetops along East 66th Street, capturing a glimpse of Central Park foliage in the background. To the South, the illustrious high-rises of Billionaire's Row meet open blue sky, sitting in contrast to the Late Gothic Revival architecture of St. Vincent Ferrer across the street. The southern exposure is shared by a dignified wood-paneled library, opened to the living room through an enormous pair of original solid-core wooden pocket doors.
Basking in the same sunny western exposure as the living room, an oversized double-windowed dining room can accommodate even the most extravagant of dinner parties or family gatherings, serviced by a huge exterior-facing windowed eat-in kitchen with butler's pantry. There is an integrated French door-style refrigerator and freezer by Subzero, a stainless steel Rangemaster 6-burner range with twin ovens by Dynasty and full-sized Miele stainless steel dishwasher. Completing the kitchen area, there is a sizeable breakfast room with built-in banquette for casual meals, lounging or homework. The entertaining level is served by a powder room discretely located off of the entry gallery.
The second level of this home is comprised of four bedrooms, each of gracious proportions and all bathed in southwestern sunlight echoing that of the entertaining level. The existing primary suite is massive with a sizable en-suite windowed bathroom appointed with double vanity and bathtub as well as a large dedicated study. Should you desire and subject to approval of plans, you can alternatively convert the study into a decadent exterior-facing windowed primary bathroom. Doing so would revert the existing primary bathroom to its original hall access for use as another full bathroom serving the ancillary bedrooms on this level (see the proposed alternate floor plan on this listing). In addition to the current primary suite there are three additional bedrooms, the largest of which offers a corner exposure and a decorative fireplace, as well as another full bathroom and extensive closet space including a huge walk-in and a laundry closet with washer/dryer.
Also included in this sale is private storage as well as a separate windowed service room on the building's 12th floor, flexibly usable as a service room, guest accommodation, private gym or home office.
The Studio Building at 131 East 66th Street was completed in 1906 and was the renowned Charles A. Platt's first major urban commission. A New York City landmark, The Studio Building is touted as an exquisite specimen of the glorious Italianate palazzo-style architecture that gained popularity at the height of the "American Renaissance" (1876 to 1917). Characterized by its stunning limestone elevations, rhythmic grouping of windows and columned entrance, The Studio Building today continues as a luxury white-glove cooperative with a polished full-time staff that includes doormen, elevator attendants and a live-in resident manager. There is private storage, bicycle storage and an additional laundry room. Pets are welcome, pieds-a-terre are permitted on a case-by-case basis, and financing is allowed up to 50%. There is a 3% flip tax payable by the purchaser.