161 East 63rd Street

New York, NY, 10065


 - For Sale
6 Beds
8 Baths
Built 1920
Surrounded by picturesque gardens, a roof top terrace and blossoming pear trees, this superb 20’ wide, 6 story townhouse has approximately 6,000 sq. ft., 1,798 sq. ft. of outdoor space, 6 bedrooms, 5 baths, 3 powder rooms, fitness room and wine cellar, and is in excellent condition. Built in 1870 in the neo-Greco Italianate style and located on one of the Upper East Side’s celebrity filled, tree-lined blocks, the townhouse is next to the John Hay Whitney mansion, once host to royal guests Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden and their dark green Phantom 5 Rolls Royce. The townhouse has beautifully scaled interiors with all major rooms the full width of the townhouse, and original architectural details including 6 fireplaces, herringbone floors, crown moldings, and 11’ ceilings in the living room and library. Extraordinary outdoor space is a distinguishing feature of the townhouse and includes a large landscaped garden, 37’ x 20’, with limestone floor for al fresco dining, beautiful plantings, tall trees, and surrounded by picturesque townhouses and gardens, a 40’ x 20’ roof deck with glorious views to midtown and of the Upper East Side, and a planted terrace off the master bedroom the full width of the townhouse and overlooking the garden. Entry is at the garden level through a lovely landscaped gated entry opening into a striking windowed entrance gallery with black and white marble floor, adjacent powder room, walk-in coat closet and staircase. The charming dining room overlooks the garden and has large double doors opening to the garden. The state of the art kitchen with marble countertops and backsplash, top of the line appliances including a Viking stove, SubZero refrigerator, and Miele dishwasher, opens to the dining room. The parlor floor is an expansive entertaining floor with a grand living room, 28’ x 18’, offering a fireplace, herringbone floor, soaring 11’ coffered ceiling, and a floor to ceiling casement window overlooking the garden and allowing beautiful light into the room. Entertaining continues to the library across from the living room, which has a fireplace, 11’ ceiling, bookshelves, crown moldings and two windows overlooking the tree lined street. Off the library is a small windowed reading room or game room with bookshelves and overlooks the street. A powder room is off the library. The entire third floor is occupied by the master bedroom suite, which includes a master bedroom the full width of the townhouse, with fireplace, moldings and double doors leading to a terrace overlooking the garden. A huge dressing room/walk-in closet is off the master bedroom. The room size spa-like master bath, with free standing soaking tub dramatically placed in front of the fireplace, has a large walk-in shower, windowed water closet, and faces south with two windows overlooking the tree-lined street. The fourth floor consists of two large bedrooms, one with fireplace and overlooking the garden, and the second bedroom overlooks the tree-lined street. Both bedrooms have baths en-suite. A laundry is on this floor. The fifth floor can be guest quarters, staff quarters or children’s bedrooms with playroom or family media room and consists of a fourth large bedroom with fireplace, and bath en-suite. Two further bedrooms are accompanied by a kitchenette and en-suite bath. The spectacular large roof top deck, 20’ x 40’, offers seating and dining areas, glorious midtown views and sweeping views of the Upper East Side. The lower level houses a fitness room with bath en-suite, recreation room, a fully outfitted thermostatically controlled wine room, and storage room. The townhouse also offers central heating/cooling systems. In the midst of world class cultural institutions and events, shopping, restaurants and private schools, this distinguished townhouse offers the best in Upper East Side living.
Sotheby’s International Realty®
The Stein Team

Interior Features

Kitchen Features
Gourmet Kitchen, Granite Countertops
Total Bedrooms
Full Bathrooms
Half Bathrooms
Interior Features
High Tech Cabling, Wine Cellar
Floor Description
4 Fireplaces
Central A/C, A/C

Exterior/Building Features

Exterior Features
Guest House, BBQ, Gardens, Balcony / Lanai, Deck, Terrace, Patio
Architectural Style

Other Property Details


Courtesy of Louise Beit

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