Storied and Rare Upper East Side Carriage House Wants $18M

In the lowest of the 70s in the Upper East Side, one of New York City’s most captivating remaining carriage houses is on the market. Sitting on one of the neighborhood’s loveliest blocks, 163 East 70th Street has lived three lives and is primed for its fourth. Originally a carriage house, then the Rockefeller’s car garage, and finally an elegant private residence, the property is asking $17.95 million.

Designed by CPH Gilbert and built in 1902 for banker Jules Bache, the carriage house is especially large by today’s standards. It’s 25 feet wide and extraordinarily deep—built out to 90 of the lot’s allotted 100 feet on the main levels—the home spans a stunning 7,500-square-feet of interior space. Such spaciousness caught the eye of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who lived nearby at 740 Park Avenue and in 1944 purchased the house, converting it into his family’s private automobile garage and chauffer’s quarters.

The Rockefeller family sold the property to dermatologist Jay Barnett in the 1970s, who transformed it into the sprawling private residence that stands today. Currently a single-family home with a ground floor medical office, the floor plan includes four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and four half-bathrooms. A single garage port harkening to its storied past remains.

Joshua Wesoky of Compass has the listing.