Gloria Vanderbilt’s Charming Former Upper East Side Brownstone Seeks $12M

Just blocks away from Central Park in Carnegie Hill stands a row of townhomes, one of which belonged to the late Gloria Vanderbilt. The circa-1892 home is wrapped in ivy, exuding Old World glamour and grandeur. Asking nearly $11.995 million, the five-story home is ready to fall into new hands.

Gloria Vanderbilt, a New York City socialite and fashion designer as well as the mother of CNN reporter Anderson Cooper, stayed in the city for most of her life. Living at numerous addresses, including her last residence, a Beekman Place apartment sold early this year by her son.

It was in the 1980s/1990s that the late Vanderbilt called this Upper East Side townhouse home and, at 6,400 square feet, it’s an elegant Manhattan oasis. Writer Priscilla Rattazzi is the townhouse’s current owner, who made slight changes to the original spaces. The newly-renovated kitchen comes complete with marble countertops from Vermont and custom cabinetry from Eppley Building & Design, but the home’s original charm still stands tall. Unique fixtures gracing the rooms include substantial wood moldings, stately fireplaces, and a spiral staircase that spans all five floors.

Perhaps the home’s greatest talking point, on the first floor sits a greenhouse. Vanderbilt used it as her painting studio. Current owner Rattazzi converted the space into an entertainment area as well as an art gallery. Off of one of the six bedrooms sits a modern solarium as well, ushering in warm light.

Tania Isacoff Friedland of Compass holds the listing.