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, this historic gem was originally built in 1869 by developer Abraham B. Embury and architects D. & J. Jardine as a Second Empire-style brownstone, replete with stunning details. The facade was altered in 1919 by the popular Ziegfeld actress Ida Adams, who starred in 'The Pink Lady' and then restored again by art publisher Arnett Brimberg, who added a rounded oak front door that once graced the door of a Detroit mansion.
In 1997, the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association gave the house a preservation award and landmark designation. 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.
No detail has been overlooked, both in the modern layout by NYC Architect Future Made and an Anglo-American collaboration of two design teams -- Weston Design (London) and Adena Conway Design (NYC) -- who have perfectly blended a British sense of sophistication and chic 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; perfect for indoor-outdoor entertaining. 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 throughout, Armani Casa wallpaper and Metropolitan 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 handmade kitchen with 11ft ceilings and 2"-thick Danby marble countertops, is both modern and classic, with its 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. If you choose not to eat at the spacious island with its own wine refrigerator, the separate formal dining area, replete with a David Weeks chandelier, is flooded with natural light and will seat many guests in style. The entertaining continues in the sky-lit lower level family room with state-of-the-art electronics, 65" smart TV, surround sound system and a separate games area, while akitchenette, dedicated laundry room, bathroom and under-street vaults with mechanical room and wine cellar provide 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 so