541 East 72nd St, 2/3 - Upper East Side, New York
This sprawling five bedroom, urban oasis is like a country home in the city. It has been the long-time residence of the world famous, witty, urbane journalist and publisher George Plimpton and his family, as well as the early office of The Paris Review. Rarely does a home so special come to market. The new owner will enjoy the square footage of a townhouse, yet have river views from almost every window and grand scale rooms usually only found in the finest prewar buildings. The double living and game rooms offer two wood-burning fireplaces and nearly sixty feet of entertaining space on the River, and it proved to be the perfect venue for some of Manhattan's most eclectic and iconic parties, with guests from every walk of life. On this floor was George's south-facing library or additional bedroom with a lovely renovated en-suite bathroom.The charming, windowed kitchen has a FiveStar, stainless stove with grill, new Caesarstone countertops and a lovely dining area. The butler's pantry has two beverage drawers and even more storage and counter space. As you walk up the sweeping staircase the drama continues with the comfortable central home office or study, massive den with yet another wood-burning fireplace and the lovely corner master bedroom, all of which are on the River. The en-suite master bathroom not only has a separate shower stall and soaking tub, but a river view too. There are two additional bedrooms, a staff and full laundry room as well as a total of six and a half bathrooms, all in great condition. With 40 windows, the sun just streams in all day long. There is central air, hardwood floors, ornate mantels and other charming original details. 541 East 72nd Street is located on a peaceful cul-de-sac with a charming park right outside the door that is paved with cobblestones and has wrought iron benches. It is one of four connected row houses, often referred to as "The Black and Whites" because of their distinctive, two-tone exterior and eye-popping, high-gloss red lacquer entry doors. This established co-op is pet friendly and has a live-in, resident manager and a full-time handyman, bike, laundry and storage rooms.
This listing courtesy of Douglas Elliman