A $13.5 Million Townhouse Fit For The First Lady


Over on the Upper East Side, in the Lenox Hill neighborhood, lies a six story townhouse that has fluctuated in terms of market availability, at 211 East 62nd Street. But even with its on and off appearances on the market, there’s still so much to unpack about this building. Firstly, there’s the overall history of the building.

Built in 1873, the townhouse was once an apartment building before being converted into a single family house. While many residents have lived here over the years, none were quite as notable as Eleanor Roosevelt, who resided here from 1953 to 1958. Aside from publishing her popular column “My Day” from the house, the former First Lady also made it as a sort of base for pursuing the many social and political causes she would take on for the rest of her life. Sixty years later, this Lenox Hill townhouse is still a sight to behold. Recently restored by interior designer Maria Masi, this 5,200 square foot home offers 12 rooms (Five bathrooms, four bedrooms, dining room, drawing room, and an English basement) across six floors, all of which are accessible by elevator. While the bedrooms are on the third and fourth floors, the first and fifth floors are spacious entertainment spaces, lending themselves perfectly for gatherings of family and friends. The basement, complete with its separate bath and laundry area, can easily be repurposed into a gym, media room, etc.

As far as outdoor space goes, there is an additional 1,770 feet of outdoor space included with the townhouse. The drawing room exits into an luxuriously landscaped garden, while the dining room leads out into a spacious terrace. On the roof is a patio, perfect for those few and far between days of perfect NYC weather. There’s even a dog run included in the patio, making the townhouse a perfect fit for those looking for a pet friendly abode. In terms of transit options, the closest subway stop is the Lexington Ave/63rd Street stop on the F and Q trains, but a little bit of walking further downwards will lead to the 4, 5, 6, N, R, and W trains on Lexington/59th Street. Fortunately for anyone that’s active, Central Park is fairly close by to the townhouse, providing all the space one could need to do all the jogging/biking in Manhattan. If a building that combines a rich history with easy accessibility is on your mind, 211 East 62nd Street is definitely worth looking into.

Barbara Evans-Butler & Cian Connor at Stribling & Associates are the Listing Agents.

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