East End Avenue is the kind of place that even diehard New Yorkers might never stumble upon. Perched at the easternmost point of the Upper East Side, East End Avenue is a jewel-like boulevard that hugs the Hudson River for barely a mile. Lined with solid, red-brick and terra-cotta apartment buildings — and anchored by the urban oasis known as Carl Schurz Park — East End Avenue is rarefied, refined, and extremely family-friendly.
As the home of Gracie Mansion, aka the official residence of the Mayor of New York, East End Avenue is a bastion of traditional architectural styles. But a handful of entirely new developments have made their mark recently. There’s 170 East End Avenue, a contemporary glass-, granite- and limestone-fronted tower designed by super-architect Peter Marino. Next is 20 East End Avenue, which was completed more recently by Robert AM Stern and features telltale Stern aesthetic flourishes, such as a pre-war facade clad in limestone. And, most strikingly, 40 East End Avenue, a 28-condominium newcomer envisioned by Debra Berke, a modernist best known as the dean of the Yale School of Architecture.
Fronted by cream-grey brickwork, 40 East End is a decidedly modern addition to the area’s grand antebellum-style cooperative buildings. Like many recently completed luxury developments, 40 East End Avenue includes not only its 27 oversized condominium residences, but its very own townhouse – a private-access triplex maisonette offering all the benefits of living in a full-service building with the seclusion and privacy of a self-contained residence and priced at $9.945 million.
“You have a private entrance on East 81st Street…plus direct and discreet access to all of the building’s amenities – a lounge, library, game room, fitness center and gourmet catering kitchen “, says Scott J. Avram, senior vice president of Lightstone, which developed 40 East End Avenue.
The maisonette spans a total of nearly 5,000 square feet spread over three floors, with an additional 608 square feet of outdoor courtyard space. There are four bedrooms and three bathrooms (plus a pair of powder rooms) – plus a private, dedicated elevator carriage porch and ceilings that rise more than 11 feet from the ground. Most intriguing of all, the entire home was designed by Maison Gerard, Lower Manhattan’s beloved home furnishings gallery, which has partnered with 40 East End Avenue to design key residences throughout building.
Founded nearly 50 years ago, the warm and eclectic interiors of Maison Gerard form a soothing counterpart to Berke’s fresher, more avant-garde exteriors. “They really brought the house to life,” says Avram of Maison Gerard’s design program, whose individual pieces are available for an additional fee. “The partnership with Maison Gerard allows buyers to imagine how they could live and use the space.
The maisonette is anchored by a grand triplex staircase that connects up and down. At its lowest level, just beyond a formal foyer, is a massive living room and formal dining room, both of which overlook the leafy private garden. Meanwhile, in the garden itself are outdoor amenities including an automated irrigation system and an outdoor kitchen with a gas grill. The garden is the only one of its kind at 40 East End Avenue, a kind of urban oasis nestled in the largest luxury development.
Inside the house itself is a main kitchen, the rest of the lower level lacquer painted Italian cabinetry, accented by Italian Arabescato Cervaiole marble and centered by a large kitchen island ideal for entertaining. All appliances are from The Gaggenau, including a double oven, dishwasher and full-height wine fridge. “Marble comes from the Alpuan Alps in Tuscany…[and is among many] other design elements selected by Berke,” says Avram.
Upstairs, the oversized second-floor master suite opens directly onto the garden and features a pair of walk-in closets, as well as an en-suite master bathroom laden with additional Arabescato Cervaiole marble. Fluted mirrored glass panels, a custom Italian vanity finished in polished nickel, and a six-foot basement complete the sanctuary feel of the bathroom. Beyond the master suite and second floor library, a butler’s pantry with its own wine fridge, ice maker and Gaggenau dishwasher is connected via a dumbwaiter to the kitchen downstairs. the lower floor.
Although the house is close to Gotham’s major cultural sites, its high sense of comfort and homeliness makes it the kind of place many may never want to leave. “We set out to create a luxurious building that felt intimate while providing the much sought-after amenities that enhanced the lives of our residents,” says Avram. “The result is a stately combination of classic elegance with the luxury and modern conveniences we crave.”
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