Country House in the City – Yoga & Breakfast in the Garden
Escape the city without leaving home! Kick back in your 3BR/4BR, 3-bath rear-facing country-style triplex, with fireplaces, bay window, French doors, central air and a hot tub in your magnificent 750 sf private garden – even a dog door!
The perfect family residence, this gorgeous 1,650 sf apartment is fully above grade, on the garden level, parlor and third floor of an established, well-maintained, professionally managed 20-foot-wide Queen Anne-style elevator townhouse cooperative in the heart of the Upper West Side.
The private back yard is a quiet, peaceful retreat that features a Brazilian teak deck, secluded hot tub, flower beds for planting, wisteria-wrapped trellis, accent lighting and a lovely mature red maple and dogwood trees, with multiple seating and al fresco dining options, and ideal for yoga. Access the garden through a spacious French door in the first-floor family room or via a steel staircase to a second-floor balcony, again fitted with a French door to the brownstone bedroom.
On the garden floor, a spacious family/TV room with wet bar, dishwasher, half fridge, wine fridge, Hearth Cabinet fireplace, garden access and top-rated Noble Fidelity recessed ceiling speakers. The brownstone room, windowed on two sides, is suitable for an office or fourth bedroom. A red oak staircase leads to upper apartment floors.
On the second floor, 12-foot parlor-floor ceilings, kitchen and living room/dining room, another Hearth Cabinet fireplace and a back room with balcony, yard access and windowed loft space. The kitchen includes a Sub-Zero fridge, Viking stove, Bosch dishwasher and maple butcher-block counter top. The parlor sports a large Andersen bay window overlooking the garden. A separate library loft above the kitchen – with a classic Putnam rolling ladder – gives access to capacious storage space. Another red oak stair, custom craftsman-built, leads to the sleeping floor above, and rear balcony and steel staircase leading to the garden.
On the third floor, an office/study foyer leads to the spacious main bedroom that has ample closet and storage space. The back bedroom, perfect for kids, includes a loft/playroom. There’s a full bath on the second and third floors alike and a bath with custom shower stall on the first floor.
The entire home features remote-controlled, multi-zone Daiken central heating/air conditioning (newly installed in 2017), with exterior compressors tucked away behind a wooden fence in the yard; noise-suppressing ceiling insulation; exposed brick walls; recessed lighting; ledges for mounting photos and art; and built-in shelving. There’s excellent closet and storage space throughout and storage in the basement (Fee).
Adding to its secluded country feel, the apartment is fully back-facing, so insulated from street noise. Buildings at the rear are a senior residence and a Verizon switching station, again affording a uniquely quiet, peaceful retreat.
The beautiful, 25-unit cooperative consists of three originally separate Queen Anne-style townhouses at #140, #142 and #144 W. 74th Street, constructed in 1888-9, combined as a single unit in 1969-70 with a central stair and elevator in the middle townhouse. It was established as a co-op in 1978.
The home was constructed from three separate apartments, 1E, 2E and 3E, comprising 30 percent of the original townhouse at #140. Removal of the original townhouse stairway during the 1969-70 renovation maximizes the triplex’s internal space. Original entry doors were retained on each floor.
Come home to the country in this unique and exceptional residence – without leaving New York City.