It was only a week or two ago that we published a photo of a new rooftop addition to a townhouse built in 1900 on West 71st street, and our readers gasped. The comments were almost unanimously negative toward the two-story addition, which stands out in the line of townhouses on 71st between West End Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue. Said one reader: “Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.”
Well, all that construction apparently had a purpose. The townhouse at 226 West 71st street is on the market, with a very hefty increase in its price tag since the last time it was sold. As Curbed first reported on Sunday, the owners (an LLC) are asking for $15.9 million after buying it in 2011 for $5.175 million. Based on the photos with the listing, it appears the modern white exterior extends to the ground floor in the back of the building. The buyers will be living pretty extravagantly, based on this description on the Corcoran website.
“This special residence presents an elevator that services 6 floors with a layout of up to 7 bedrooms, 6 full baths and 3 half baths of living quarters, and two floors of formal space plus a fully renovated basement. The exquisite full-floor master suite includes a white marble bath with grand steam shower, free-standing Agape tub and a 21-ft custom closet and dressing room. Superb natural light floods each floor through top quality floor-to-ceiling Optima steel windows and a dramatic skylight at the peak. Originally built at the turn-of-the-century, the interior of the house was gut-renovated and elegantly conceived with a modern interpretation of historic elements. Every square inch of this home has been masterfully conceived and beautifully executed with the finest finishes, innovative systems and luxurious, sustainable amenities.”
So, has your opinion changed on the building after seeing the lovely roof deck? Let us know in the comments below.