It’s not everyday that a historic residence, located within an even more historic townhome, comes to market. But this duplex, one of many within the Amory S. Carhart Mansion, is a chance to own a rare piece of history. The mansion was commissioned in 1913 by Amory and Anthony Carhart, who enlisted architect Horace Trumbauer to design the home. It was designed in the then-popular style—Louis XVI—with distinct Parisian flair and French Classicism style.
Though the Carharts never lived in the home (Mrs. Carhart died in 1921), the home was eventually bought by someone else and finished around 1921. It went through a handful of owners and was the former Lycée Français de New York until it was converted into four luxury residential condos in the early aughts. The building, located at 3 East 95th Street, was landmarked in 1974 and the units still retain many original features of the building.
For example, the building has a limestone facade with a mansard roof, three arched dormers, and wrought-iron railings that remain today. The pre-war building also has an attended lobby with a doorman and concierge. Past neighbors include Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon.
If you want to own an iconic Upper East Side property, look no further than the $23.9 million Duplex 2, a 10,350-square-foot newly listed home with five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms. It feels like its own private estate with glamorous entertaining and living areas alongside traditional design paired with modern finishes. The condo is accessed via a private elevator or staircase that opens into a marble foyer and formal gallery.
The 1,100-square-foot living room, double or triple the size of the average New York apartment, has high ceilings, wood-paneled walls, a wood-burning fireplace, and three grand arched French doors that open onto a balcony that runs the length of the room. Here, you can see the gorgeous limestone facade up close and personal.
Across from the living room is a regal dining room, with 18.5-foot ceilings, classic herringbone hardwood floors, and a fireplace. It’s decidedly modern thanks to the furniture and decor. The bones of the home feel traditional and classic, but are juxtaposed with sleek, contemporary furnishings and tasteful pops of color and textures. For example, the eat-in kitchen features gorgeous marble counters and backsplashes with modern custom cabinetry and an eat-in breakfast nook with gorgeous moldings and vaulted ceilings.
The bedrooms feel exceptionally elegant and emulate a French chateau with high ceilings, herringbone hardwood floors, and large windows framed by draping curtains. The primary suite on the main floor is a sun-soaked bedroom adjacent to a private study and has a stunning bathroom with a cast-iron clawfoot soaking tub and dressing room. Upstairs houses the remaining four bedrooms, which can easily be converted into other rooms depending on needs or family size. They each feature casement windows, ample closet space, and plenty of room for creativity. Other features include two studies, a mudroom, gym, and laundry.
The prime location is steps from the city’s most prestigious and upscale attractions, like Central Park, museums, restaurants, and shopping. It’s the quintessential sophisticated New York luxury building that showcases the history of the area and architecture at that time.
The home is listed by Brown Harris Stevens.