There’s a Secret Garden Atop This 19th-Century Brick Townhouse

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Location: Manhattan, New York 

Price: $19.5 million 

This neo-Georgian townhouse was built in 1872 by notable architect John G. Prague. 

Prague was one of Manhattan’s more prolific architects in the later part of the 19th century, “claiming over 300 buildings on the Upper West Side, plus many in Midtown and Upper East Side,” said co-listing agent Elizabeth B. Bowden. “Today Prague’s designs are prized for their refined design. Many are landmarked, both individually, and as part of larger historic districts.”

The home has a limestone and red-brick facade.

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This particular townhouse spans 8,000 square feet and boasts 14-foot high ceilings and incredibly voluminous rooms. 

The home is “oozing with classical essence and charm,” Ms. Bowden said, adding that the current resident has preserved its heritage. Many period features and architectural details from the 1872 construction have been expertly maintained. 

The property comes with an opportunity for expansion, carrying 1,325 square feet of additional air rights, which would allow for the addition of a fifth floor topped with a roof deck. 

“This dreamy home could be even more sensational,” co-listing agent Jessica C. Campbell said. 

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The 8,000-square-foot townhouse has five bedrooms, with five full and three half bathrooms.

This beautiful bedroom features antique furniture and generous sash windows.

Evan Josef photography


The roof garden is the star feature of this property, Ms. Campbell said. “It’s an absolute magical private oasis which exudes bold yet sweet European charm, irreverent beauty and peacefulness.” 

The home also includes a private first-floor garden off the kitchen, a full-height windowed basement with a temperature-controlled wine room, a gym and a back-up generator, as well as integrated AV systems. 

There is an elevator servicing all levels of the house, a tailor-made bar with a unique Lalique ceiling, and eight working fireplaces throughout. A formal staff staircase leads to the bar and dining room, “creating a discrete and convenient atmosphere for entertaining and hosting guests,” Ms. Bowden said. 

Neighborhood Notes  

The Upper East Side property is located on East 64th Street and Lexington Avenue, on a particularly well-kept and coveted block, which established its own member-funded Block Association in 1999, which is responsible for the maintenance and ongoing aesthetic improvement of the block, Ms. Bowden said.

The block is beautifully landscaped—lined with mature trees, planted with flower beds 

and lit with historically inspired metal Halide Luminaires and Bishop Crook Lampposts, said Ms. Campbell, who describes the block as “incomparably beautiful.” 

Notable local dining includes Jean-Georges JOJO just across the street, and boutique shopping destinations await within a stone’s throw, while Central Park lies just a few blocks west of the residence. “The location is, simply stated, perfection,” Ms. Campbell said. 

Agent: Elizabeth B. Bowden and Jessica C. Campbell, Nestseekers International

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