English manor style 1158 Fifth Ave New York penthouse apartment for sale at $14.5m

Duplex New york penthouse apartment 1158 Fifth Ave, apartment 16/17B located on 97th and 5th on Museum Mile in Carnegie Hill has been on the market since May initially at $17m reduced to $14.5m. Apparently the unit was put on the market in 2007 for $12.9m and then taken off. The original owners have owned this unit since 1975 when they bought it as a honeymoon present to themselves…ahh must be nice.  Apparently, the penthouse used to be maid’s quarters from the time the building was built in 1927 until sometime in the 1940s when they converted them into this manhattan penthouse apartment…later in the ’50s further modifications were made to open up the Central Park views.

 

The highlight of this 11 room 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom and Maid’s room NYC penthouse is most definitely the english conservatory or as we know it sunroom. This conservatory is just off the master bedroom making for an magical indoor / outdoor space that flows seamlessly.

 

The views of Central Park from the conservatory and 47′ english gardened terrace are what New York penthouse dreams are made of! There is a water fountain, dining and leisure area on the terrace. The owner actually grows lemons in the Conservatory…lemons growing in New York..while looking out to Central Park?

 

The owners of this Duplex Penthouse, Pamela and Richard Scurry, were recently quoted in the New York Times as saying “they fell in love with this apartment at first sight … it was like a home on top of a building”.

 

This penthouse has been widely covered in the media from the NYTimes to TV show like Open House NYC. let’s look at the basics:

 

  • Address: 1158 Fifth Avenue, apt 16/17B
  • Asking: $14,500,000
  • Monthly Maintenance: $7,844
  • Square footage? Could not find that anywhere in the listing or media..on a video about the building it was noted to be approx 4,000 square feet with 2,000 square feet of outdoor space.
  • Apartment type: COOP
  • 11 rooms
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 4 full baths
  • Maid’s Quarters

 

1158 Fifth Avenue, designed in the French Renaissance-style. Built as a cooperative in 1924, when the apartment house boom was in full swing, the building has one of the most impressive and elegant lobbies in New York. 1158 is a white glove building with doorman and concierge 58 units, 16 stories.

Drumrollll..the photos:

All images copyright Sothebys 

Jawdropping views of Central Park, the reservoir and New York City past the lush planters on the private terrace of this Manhattan Penthouse for Sale

Jawdropping views of Central Park, the reservoir and New York City past the lush planters on the private terrace of this Manhattan Penthouse for Sale

 

 

The seating area off the Glass conservatory on the private rooftop of this NYC Penthouse

The seating area off the Glass conservatory on the private rooftop of this NYC Penthouse. Notice the lush plantings all along the edges

 

Night view of Central Park and the reservoir from this Manhattan Penthouse for Sale

Night view of Central Park, the reservoir and mid town New York City from this Manhattan Penthouse for Sale

 

Look at that view of Central Park from the 47' terrace of this Penthouse in New York

Look at that view of Central Park and Jackie O reservoir from the 47′ terrace of this Penthouse in New York

 

The glass Conservatory on top of this Manhattan new York Penthouse

The glass Conservatory on top of this Manhattan new York Penthouse..the view is just breath taking

 

OK, that was the terrace and the conservatory area…let’s go in. I did say the penthouse is in English manor style so expect to see lots of floral prints and english style furniture. I personally think this would be a $18m penthouse if gut renovated for $1m and turned into a modern Manhattan Penthouse while retaining the conservatory, terrace, staircase and perhaps dining room as is..think outdoor showers, lot’s of high end fittings, white clean furniture, dark floors, modern and luxurious kitchens and baths..you can’t get this location (of 10 blocks doth this would be $20+m…space and views)

 

Here’s the inside..

 

Here's the master bedroom that opens up onto the conservatory creating a beautiful indoor outdoor space. The bedroom needs updating even by period standards

Here’s the master bedroom that opens up onto the conservatory creating a beautiful indoor outdoor space. The bedroom needs updating even by period standards

 

The den is spacious and bright..notice the old track lighting.

The den is spacious and bright..but notice the old track lighting…

 

Spacious, airy and bright..love this room

Spacious, airy and bright..love this room besides the stenciling on the walls

 

Love this view of the fireplace..looking out to the planted terrace. Feels like you could be in Connecticut!

Love this view of the fireplace..looking out to the planted terrace. Feels like you could be in Connecticut!

 

Here's the beautiful staircase. Notice the classic rails

Here’s the beautiful staircase. Notice the beautiful original wood grain, glazed brick flooring  and classic wood and wrought iron rails

 

I like the dining room walls..

I like the dining room walls..besides the wall sconces

 

Spacious but country looking kitchen

Spacious country looking kitchen with updated high end stainless steel appliances and attractive glazed tile flooring

 

Here's more of the kitchen

Here’s more of the kitchen..the wine cage and the updated appliances are a highlight

 

Ok, this has to go..

Ok, this area has to go..everything besides the original flooring starting with the floral wall accents

 

Stained glass goes with the period look..the grand staircase is timeless

Stained glass goes with the period look..the grand staircase is timeless..the brick floor too. Can be retained as an original feature

 

Lots of floral prints and circa 19th century furniture

well sized living area..Lots of floral prints and circa 19th century furniture. Dark hardwood flooring is in great shape. Love the multitude of windows.

 

More floral prints and circa 19th century furniture

More floral prints and circa 19th century furniture

 

Looks like Brown Harris Stevens had the listing until the Sep price drop and then the listing was moved late Oct to Sothebys.

Here’s a video focussed on the building

 

Here’s a video segment covering this Manhattan Penthouse on Open House NYC:

 

 

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