#SotW: The Enduring Allure of East End Avenue

Written By Serena Horrigan | January 19, 2016 | Published in Elegran Insider, Neighborhood News
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The strip of Yorkville along the East River known as East End Avenue is quiet, unassuming, and only 13 blocks long; with its cul-de-sac streets encompassing the Carl Schurz Park and the splendor of Gracie Mansion, East End Avenue feels sublimely suburban. While the street has traditionally had a remote feeling from the rest of the Upper East Side, the introduction of the Second Avenue subway promises to finally garner easy access to this hidden riverside gem.

East End Avenue is most typically associated with Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor of the City of New York. The mansion was originally commissioned on another site by George Washington during the Revolutionary War to overlook Hell Gate, the portion of the East River where British troops were known to frequent. After the British destroyed that location, Archibald Gracie built the current mansion – first as his country home and later as a meeting place of the New York Federalists. It was owned privately until 1896, when it was made part of the official grounds of Carl Schurz Park. In the early twentieth century it had stints as the Museum of the City of New York and a historical house before being commandeered by Robert Moses in 1942 as the mayor’s residence.

Though Gracie Mansion may be the most well-known luxury residence on East End Avenue, it’s certainly not the only one, and you can find some of the city’s most exclusive properties have infiltrating this quaint stretch of land.

20 East End Avenue is the vision of renowned starchitect Robert A. M. Stern, who designed the luxury condo building to evoke classic New York elegance and sophistication while embracing the most modern and state-of-the-art luxuries. The breathtaking facade features Cunningham grey brick and limestone, a cobblestone-paved port-cochere and motor court with fully-private entry, dramatic center fountain, and a series of lattice-work trellises.

The crown jewel of 20 East End Avenue is Penthouse A, a 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath with a sweeping wraparound rooftop terrace. The penthouse offers 6,050 sqft of interior space and 4,542 sqft of outdoor terrace space that features panoramic Manhattan and East River views. This palatial home features three interior wood-burning fireplaces and one outdoors, soaring 12’ ceilings, custom moldings, and Appalachian herringbone oak flooring. The chef’s kitchen features shaker millwork cabinetry, Brazilian quartzite countertops, Lefroy Brooks fixtures and Gaggenau appliances. The master bedroom suite offers breathtaking north and east facing views, while the master bath comes equipped with Caldia Classico marble and dramatic double doors opening onto a secluded terrace.

Two palatial entryways at 20 East End Avenue open to a grand lobby with a winding staircase leading to three floors of unparalleled amenities, including a 3,000 sqft fitness center complete with private spa, wine cellar and tasting room, library, and billiards room.

One East End Avenue is a charmingly classic pre-war co-op building offering spectacular waterfront residences. Apartment 12A is a 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath duplex offering stunning East River views. The grand foyer features dramatic glass French doors and open to a living room and library, both featuring wood-burning fireplaces. The windowed, open kitchen features rustic-chic white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. The second floor features the master suite and four additional bedrooms and baths, fitness room, and staff’s quarters.

Amenities in this luxury white-glove co-op include full-service doorman and concierge, and in-house laundry. 

We're eagerly anticipating the what awaits East End Avenue in this pivotal year!


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