An Upper East Side Townhouse Steeped in Entertainment History Looks for Its Next Act
What do Barbara Walters, Walter Cronkite, Roone Arledge, and Frank Gifford have in common? Aside from their histories in TV, these famous figures were all hosted at 248 East 68th Street, the longtime Upper East Side home of late Broadway producer Isobel Robins Konecky and her entertainment attorney husband Ronald Konecky. The couple bought the townhouse in the 1970s, making this listing the home’s first appearance on the market in decades. Ready for its next act, the Manhattan manse wants $6.5 million.
Constructed in 1899, the Federal-style home’s original iron balustrade and steps grace the city streets. Then inside, four floors hold four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and design twists. The late owners renovated the townhouse in 2006, bringing a new modern flair but keeping the home’s turn-of-the-century charm.
The renovation expanded the home by adding a two-story glass facade, now a dramatic homage to the entertainment-minded former owners. The windows look out onto a tranquil zen garden, mirrored beautifully inside by a den with custom millwork. In the chef’s kitchen with professional appliances and ample space, one can host a Manhattan party to the likes of the Koneckys themselves. As with good TV or Broadway productions, there are also more unexpected wow moments, just look at the bold red and black powder room.
More conventionally, the parlor floor highlights the home’s historic elements with its exposed brick fireplace, which continues downstairs to the basement. This lower level also houses luxurious amenities, including a six-person sauna and wine cellar.
Michelle E. Bourgeois and Gina M. Kuhlenkamp of Sotheby’s International Realty hold the snazzy Upper East Side listing.