Rental pick of the week

This Upper East Side mansion is renting for more per month than a typical New York family makes in a year

By Jennifer White Karp | February 13, 2018 - 9:00AM 

Double wrought iron doors lead into a 35-foot entrance gallery at this mansion at 15 East 80th St.


This townhouse at 15 East 80th St. is plenty grand, and it's in a rarified part of the Upper East Side just off Fifth Avenue, a half a block from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park. Still, for $65,000 a month, we'd have hoped it would come with not just a helicopter landing pad but a loaner chopper to tool around in.

Nevertheless, the brokers at Stribling are the pros, and they seem optimistic that someone will take the house at more than the city's median annual household income of $55,000 without any deal sweeteners. There's even a broker's fee (or at least no big banner being waved saying, "NO FEE")! Still, the price is down from the $115,000 a month the house listed for a few years back, so this is... basically a deal?

The Beaux Arts mansion is five stories tall, with five bedrooms and 8,800 square feet of living space, plus a garden and two terraces. The house has been renovated with an eye toward preserving its period details and adding modern conveniences. "Like diamonds flowing out of the faucets?" you might be asking yourself. Not that we can tell, sadly.

The living room features French doors and a Juliet balcony that faces south onto East 80th Street.

The second-floor dining room has bowed stained-glass windows. Downstairs is the large kitchen.

The 25-foot eat-in chef's kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances and offers access to the garden.

The third-floor master suite has two bathrooms and spacious dressing areas.

On the fourth and fifth floors are additional bedrooms that have en-suite bathrooms and generous closet space. Both floors have terraces.

The basement den is outfitted with a large flat-screen TV, and it has access to the backyard garden.

The house has home office areas on the second and fourth floors and a laundry room on the fifth floor with two washing machines and two dryers. There are a total of eight full bathrooms and two half baths.



Jennifer White Karp

Managing Editor

Jennifer White Karp steers Brick Underground’s editorial coverage of New York City residential real estate and writes articles on market trends and strategies for buyers, sellers, and renters. Jennifer’s 15-year career in NYC real estate journalism includes stints as a writer and editor at The Real Deal and its spinoff publication, Luxury Listings NYC. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an MFA in nonfiction writing from the New School.

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