In 1881, the developer John D. Crimmins built the row of brownstones from 222 to 252 East 68th Street, and as the Real Estate Record and Guide said, “No monotony will spoil the aspect of this new row of homes.” Over several decades this charming beautiful block has continued to evolve as a picturesque postcard of a classic Manhattan thoroughfare. Welcome to 248 East 68th street, a wonderful federal styled single-family townhouse that has been modernized while staying true to its historic character and charm. Originally constructed in 1899, this classic residence with its welcoming steps and iron work balustrade includes 4 floors of living space, and features 4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms and1 half-bath. Renovated in 2006, and in keeping with the previous owner’s love of the theatre and joy of living, this lovely residence has hosted numerous parties and personalities. The depth of the residence was expanded by adding a two-story south-facing glass façade and den with custom millwork which fills the home with abundant light complete with remote shades and custom curtains. When the curtains open on the ground level it reveals a tranquil and artfully set slate Zen garden perfect for dining alfresco or an evening cocktail. The adjacent open chef’s kitchen off the family room on the ground level features a Dynasty six- burner oven, warming drawers, Subzero refrigerator freezer, two Miele dishwashers, hot and cold filtered water, garbage disposal, wall to wall custom cabinetry, and anchored with a large serving island with a honed granite counter and large catering sink. A flair of drama resides in the adjacent red and black glass tiled powder room located conveniently to the adjacent private dining room with double door glass entry, wet bar and ample seating room for twelve. A separate entrance is located on the ground level for easy movement of guests, caterers, and staff. An adjacent staircase leading to the parlor floor and basement is located off of the dining room. The parlor floor is befitting for entertaining or relaxing with family and friends, featuring an architectural balance of classic and new with its original exposed brick wood burning fireplace anchored with a dramatic oak mantle and surround, high ceilings, an elegant winding staircase with gleaming mahogany banister, custom wide plank floors and lighting. The dramatic scale of the parlor floor is highlighted with the fabulous view of the south facing two story glass façade which brings light and additional depth to the parlor floor. Located at the end of the parlor floor is a modern steel balustrade with an open view to the family room below and gardens. From the parlor floor a graceful curved staircase, leads one up to the third-floor landing which features a lovely bright south facing master bedroom with high ceilings, custom lighting en-suite bathroom, a wood burning fireplace with original marble mantles and a set of French doors opening to a lovely large private rear terraced garden with a retractable awning perfect for morning coffee. A second north facing bedroom and or office is located opposite with an en-suite bathroom which features original period wood architectural details throughout, and a wood burning fireplace with original marble mantel and surround. The fourth floor features two sunny large north and south facing double windowed bedrooms complete with en-suite marble baths, recessed lighting, ample closets, custom wood flooring, zone heating and air conditioning. The basement level features a 6-person sauna, wine cellar, large walk in cedar closet, washer/dryers along with additional storage. Located conveniently to the Second Avenue subway, fine dining, markets and on one of New York City’s most charming blocks, 248 East 68th Street is beautifully presented and lovingly preserved as a timeless classic.