Eleanor Roosevelt’s Upper East Side Townhouse Asks $20M

A certified landmark with a gracious past has landed on the market. Once owned by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, this Upper East Side Historic District townhouse was actually her last residence as she lived here from 1959 until her passing in 1962. In her years at the 1898-built abode, she added to its legacy greatly. It’s even been said she hosted numerous election night watch parties here.

Now listed for just under $20 million, the home is truly more than a luxury listing, but a historic treasure. New homeowners will pass through the same character-filled spaces that the First Lady did. Mrs. Roosevelt lived on the bottom floors while her friends, the Gurewitsch family, lived on the top floors. With five levels, six bedrooms, five full baths, and one powder room, the townhouse is perfect for a set-up like this or for hosting visitors.

Each room has its own unique, lavish touches. The living room and dining room each feature marble fireplaces and there is marble flooring throughout the numerous levels. A skylight on the fifth floor allows light to stream in while the roof deck provides an ideal perch for soaking in the city.

During the First Lady’s stay, she became the first US delegate to the UN and wrote a newspaper column. Perhaps this home, and other NYC properties she owned, will inspire people to pursue greatness in a similar way. It is listed with Lisa Simonsen, Charles McDonald, and Gabrielle Corrao of Douglas Elliman.