Versailles-Like Townhouse on the Upper East Side Wants $55M

Buyers drawn to the splendor of Versailles will be delighted to see that the closest thing you can find to the French palace in New York City has come onto the market. Listed for a steep $55 million, the landmarked limestone townhouse on the Upper East Side is as ornate as they come.

Designed by Breen & Nason in 1879 and built in 1910, the Beaux-arts mansion is part of the “row of Eight” on East 62nd street. Since that prestigious beginning, it has undergone a complete restoration and renovation and actually comes as three units now. There is a triplex, duplex, and top floor penthouse. All are currently being rented, so the townhouse would be a wonderful investment property at the moment.

If owning it without living there puts a new owner in too much agony, converting the property back into a single-family home would create a true Manhattan palace. The home has ballroom-like spaces, 10 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, and four half baths, so space to entertain on a grand scale will not be an issue. Cathedral ceilings, hand-painted murals, and 24-carat gilded gold panels and moldings bring all who enter the home right back in time to an era of carriages and corsets. The Vanderbilts would even be jealous of this splendid spectacle.

Once the site of well-renowned girls’ school Fleming School, the storied Upper East Side townhouse has quite a history, too. Be the next to write a chapter in its book by contacting listing agent Silvette Julian of Compass.