Harry Winston, jeweler to the stars and previous owner of this rarely available apartment, was known to carry priceless jewels in his pocket, to the point where his insurance company would not allow him to show his face in public, and he therefore appreciated the very highest level of security and privacy offered by this glorious apartment and one of the most coveted white glove prewar buildings on Fifth Avenue, located at the epicenter of Fifth Avenue’s Gold Coast.
Mr. Winston entertained up to 100 guests at legendary parties in the apartment, taking full advantage of the magnificent spaciousness emanating from grand rooms with soaring ceilings, an enormous amount of wall space, exquisite moldings, 4 fireplaces, huge oversized windows with extraordinary views of Central Park, and a 5,740 sq. ft. ambiance suited not only to traditional tastes, but also to the contemporary au courant style of today. This majestic full-floor 14 room apartment with 6 bedrooms and 55’ frontage on Central Park is a dazzling space centered just above the beautiful Conservatory Pond with charming views of tiny sailboats in spring and autumn.
Built in 1917, this well-constructed limestone boutique building with just 12 floor-through apartments and offers beautiful residences with fabulous architectural details and a masterfully configured floor plan allowing for separation of private and public rooms.
The apartment features four exposures, allowing for magnificent views of Central Park to the West Side skyline, the Central Park South skyline and long north views of the park fill the apartment through 27 wide, oversized windows. The apartment also offers peripheral Central Park views from the dining room, master bedroom, master bath and kitchen. Brilliant sunlight streams into all rooms over protected picturesque townhouses, making even the back rooms of the apartment extremely bright.
Public Rooms: Accessed from a private elevator landing, the entrance gallery captures exquisite views of the park through a wide doorway leading to one of the loveliest living rooms in New York. The corner 33’ x 18’ living room overlooks Fifth Avenue and is surrounded by vast views of the park. The room has grand architectural details including a wood burning fireplace, 10’6” ceiling, herringbone floor and lovely moldings. This stately space leads to an elegant dining room, 20’ x 23’, which has four windows on three sides, giving views of the park from anywhere in the room, and has views of the Central Park South skyline and views over townhouses to the east. All views are protected. The library, which is 19’ x 15’, is off the living room, and has lovely wood-paneling, bookshelves, a wood burning fireplace, and peripheral views of Central Park.
The sunny eat-in kitchen faces south offering peripheral views of Central Park and features a 6-burner Garland stove, two ovens, double sink, refrigerator/freezer, expansive counter space and floor-to-ceiling storage. The adjoining pantry also has a refrigerator/freezer, sink, dishwasher, linen and silver drawers, and floor-to-ceiling storage. The laundry room is off the kitchen.
Private Wing: A 64’ long gallery, 5’6” wide, with 10’6” ceiling and adjacent powder room, and perfect for furnishings and artwork, leads to the bedroom wing, including the double master bedroom, 24’ x 16’, with adjoining bedroom, peripheral views of the park, wood burning fireplace, oversized windows, large walk-in closets including a walk-in cedar closet, and en-suite marble bath. Five further bedrooms are off the gallery, followed by 2 large corner bedrooms (20’ x 17’ and 19’ x 19’), each with large windows and side views of the park. Both bedrooms have en-suite baths. The remaining 2 bedrooms face south with exceptional light. Storage room included with apartment. Co-Exclusive.