Past meets present in this glamorous and elegant mid 1800s brick townhouse, recently renovated by AD100/2022 designers Ashe & Leandro.
Behind an unassuming façade in the heart of quiet Kips Bay stands this turn of the century home, replete with a grand central staircase, original plaster crown moldings and ceiling medallions, soaring ceilings, and a charming secluded garden.
Enter through wide double doors to a proper foyer, adjacent to a library/reception room with decorative fireplace and custom closets, and a hallway with ceilings perfect for the display of art. There is also a full bathroom on this floor with Dornbracht fixtures. Beyond the sweeping staircase is the home’s kitchen, designed in a way to allow for easy entertaining, with several of the high end appliances tucked away in a separate area, including a Sub-Zero refrigerator with two separate freezer drawers, a Viking range, oven and microwave, and abundance of counter space. The main kitchen space includes appliances by Gaggenau, cabinetry by Bulthaup and features a decorative fireplace and large seating area. Through the kitchen is access to the private and quiet fully planted garden.
Ascending the stairs to the parlor floor allows one to take in the full width of the house. With a ceiling height of 12’, and near floor to ceiling windows, this floor is bright and welcoming. The gallery has been smartly designed, offering custom built-in seating and effortlessly joins the living and dining rooms for seamless entertaining. The living room has been expertly curated and features multiple seating arrangements around the focal point fireplace, while the formal dining room feels cozy with floor to ceiling bookshelves.
One floor up is the primary suite. The bedroom is on the rear of the home and is pin-drop quiet. Enter the stunning marble bathroom via a fully outfitted walk in closet. The spa-like bathroom features a 5-fixture soaking tub, separate steam shower, double vanity, and built-in marble shelving. Also on this floor is a more casual study or media room, with Citi Quiet windows allowing for the most quiet enjoyment.
The light streams in the top floor via a massive original skylight with plaster moldings. Two well-proportioned bedrooms enjoy the full width of the house and share a spacious bathroom. A large laundry room is conveniently situated on this floor with a wash sink and roomy cabinets.
The garden floor of this home is anchored by a multi-purpose recreational room, full bathroom and sauna. There is central air and a large mechanical room. For those requiring more space, there is additional FAR; please consult with your architect for more information.
139 Lexington has been meticulously maintained by only one other owner in the last 40 years; it has been thoughtfully renovated to be a creative and inspiring oasis in the middle of the city. Kips Bay is a quiet enclave near Gramercy Park and Flatiron, with easy access to the FDR to points beyond Manhattan.