130 East 38th Street is a spectacular 4-story townhouse with a finished lower level suite and fabulous roof terrace, located off Park Avenue on a quiet, tree-lined street, in desirable Murray Hill, just 4 blocks from Grand Central Station.
Built in 1869 by developer Abraham B. Embury and architects D. & J. Jardine as a Second Empire-style brownstone, this historic gem was given a preservation award and landmark designation in 1997. The current owner worked with Landmarks and the Department of Buildings for over 4 years, completely gutting and rebuilding the interior; re-imagining every floor for today's living, while preserving the traditional exterior. The unique row of front windows were retained and refurbished, while entirely new oversized windows were cut into the rear. The modern open-tread staircase, fabricated from white oak and steel and an all-glass bulkhead, allow tremendous light to flow through the entire residence.
An Anglo-American collaboration of two design teams - Weston Design (London) and Adena Conway Design (NYC) have perfectly blended a chic British sense of sophistication with a modern aesthetic of luxury, livability and warmth. Clean lines, elegant living spaces with high ceilings, marble bathrooms, custom chef's kitchen, full smart-home automation and entertainment with a multi-zone Sonos sound system, supply a gracious mix of formal and relaxed areas. The Lutron lighting system, thermostats and electronic shades can all be controlled remotely. A high-tech security system and video entry provide peace of mind and automated irrigation ensures worry-free maintenance of the landscaped outdoor entertaining areas.
Highlights of this 3-4 bedroom, 4 bath beauty include sophisticated Farrow and Ball wall colors, Armani Casa wallpaper and Allascala marble in the inviting front hall; wide-plank white oak floors, a modern remote-controlled linear gas fireplace and a glamorous mid-century modern mirrored walnut bar in the formal living room. The chic Statuary and Temple Gray marble powder room with Altfield of London 'Hammered Glamour' silver walls and waterfall faucet showcase a Carlo Scarpa for Venini 1950's pendant. The sparkling bespoke kitchen with 11ft ceilings and 2"-thick Danby marble countertops, is both modern and classic, with custom Buster and Punch light switches and cabinet pulls and vintage Danish 1960's Jo Hammerborg 'Nova' pendants. Appliances are top-of-the-line; by Wolf, Sub-Zero and Bosch. Eat at the spacious island with its own wine refrigerator, or in the separate spacious formal dining area, replete with a David Weeks chandelier that is flooded with natural light. The comfortable sky-lit lower level family room with a 65" smart TV and surround sound system has a separate games area, kitchenette, dedicated laundry room, bathroom and under-street vaults with mechanicals and a wine cellar, providing suburban-scale amenities rarely found in Midtown Manhattan.
The spacious, quiet and private full-floor primary bedroom suite boasts no less than two large custom closets, electric shades and a spa-like Waterworks bathroom, with a sleek double vanity and Japanese toilet, set against a zen, black and white palette of sparkling white Italian tile, nero marquina marble and a glamorous Casablanca Mosaic floor. Two light-filled secondary bedrooms and a lovely modern marble bathroom with a soaking tub lead the way to the highlight of the house; a wonderfully lush, furnished and landscaped roof terrace for lounging and dining, while savoring amazing views of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings.
From its luxurious and sophisticated interior design, to its vintage light fixtures and cutting-edge technology, 130 East 38th Street provides its future owner with the unique opportunity to enjoy fully-furnished, 21st century living in a charming 19th century residence. Just bring your toothbrush.