Townhouse pick of the week

This opulent Yorkville townhouse has interiors worthy of 'Gossip Girl'

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While Brooklyn's townhouses tend to garner most of the attention in today's real estate market, we've still got quite a bit of love left over for their ultra-fancy counterparts that still exist on the Upper East Side. Consider this 25-foot-wide, six-bedroom townhouse in Yorkville, which is gilded with modern conveniences, but decorated to look like the home of a 19th-century titan of industry.

First up, there's an imposing foyer with marble floors and a marble fireplace, one of several 18th-century French fireplaces to be found on the ground level.

Even the kitchen has its own fireplace, in addition to up-to-the-minute appliances and radiant heat floors. The imposing dining room (again, with its own fireplace) also opens onto an outdoor terrace that overlooks the house's private garden for meals al fresco. (The garden itself is also set up with a timed irrigation system).

The master bedroom is decorated with "Scalamadre silk wall coverings" and plenty of closet space, and adjoins a master bathroom that features a jacuzzi, yet another marble fireplace, a separate shower, onyx floors, and radiant heat floors. (Note: All the bathrooms in the home feature radiant heat and marble floors, as well.)

The fourth floor of the house includes more living space, while the fifth floor is fully set up for entertaining; there's a screening room with projector and surround sound, a half-basketball court, a game room, and a kitchen so you don't have to run down to the main level every time you want a refill on popcorn or your cocktail. (Though even if you did want to get down to the first floor, making your way down wouldn't require much exertion; a commercial elevator services every floor in the building.)

The home is very much set up to accommodate an owner with staff; there are various service entrances and staircases throughout, and the listing describes the sixth-floor suite as "ideal for company or live-in staff."

Ready to shell out $21 million to live out your very fanciest of Old New York fantasies? The only thing that's missing is a carriage.


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