158 East 81st Street

158 E 81st St Upper East Side, Manhattan, NY 10028

1/2 Bath
4,500 Sq. Ft.
$1,989 / Sq. Ft.
Sq. Ft.
per Sq. Ft.

Property Details for 158 East 81st Street

Total Rooms12.0
Year Built1899
Compass TypeTownhouse
MLS Type-
Lot Size2,086 SF / 20' x 104'
Taxes$5,028 / month
Minimum Down Payment-
CountyNew York County


158 E 81st St

1 Units4 StoriesBuilt in 1899

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Quintessential New York City townhouse luxury awaits in this stunningly renovated six-bedroom, six-and-half-bathroom home on one of the Upper East Side's best blocks.

Masterfully designed by AD100’s Markham Roberts to accommodate gracious entertaining and peaceful daily life, this 20-foot-wide home features a flexible, modern layout where original details combine beautifully with contemporary updates. Wide-plank hardwood floors lie beneath soaring ceilings while tall art walls and windows boast lavish
... coverings. Stately wood-burning fireplaces and chic designer lighting provide soft illumination and drama.

Arrive through an inviting vestibule and foyer to take in lovely cerulean blue details that act as a consistent, whimsical design theme throughout the home. The sunny eat-in kitchen and large butler's pantry contribute to lively entertaining with glass-front cabinetry, marble counters and a full suite of stainless steel appliances, including a Bertazzoni range, triple ovens, dishwasher, wine refrigerator and built-in microwave. Enjoy casual dining at the kitchen window banquette, or head to the formal dining room to find delightful window seats and a marble fireplace. Just outside, the south-facing fairy tale 45-foot sun-filled garden makes outdoor lounging and al fresco entertaining irresistible.

On the second floor, a large living room with 11-foot ceilings is centered on an impressive fireplace while tall windows with original concealed shutters frame views of the peaceful street below. The master suite on this level invites the sweetest of dreams with its backyard vistas, handsome built-ins, and an additional fire place. A custom walk-in closet attends to wardrobe needs, and the en suite bath features a large shower and double vanity.

On the third floor are two more bedroom suites, each with a private bath. There is an additional bedroom/study, and rows of closets add extensive storage in the hallway. The fourth floor includes a beautiful office, a bedroom suite with an adjoining bathroom, and the final bedroom suite where concealed pocket doors reveal a large media room with a skylight and a private bath.

The newly installed HVAC system includes five independent zones for optimal year-round comfort, and the large basement level features a full bathroom and a huge laundry room with two sets of Miele washer-dryers. A well-maintained Neo-Grec brownstone façade and charming garden forecourt add abundant curb appeal to this enchanting townhouse residence, which is regularly photographed and recognized for its beautiful plantings.

This fine home is located on a gorgeous tree-lined block that delivers inconspicuous celebrity appeal and residential tranquility. There are only six houses on this side of the street, three of which are exceptionally large, creating a unique and remarkable series of gardens in the back. The trees, plantings and birds give the sense of having been transported to a bucolic haven. Neighbors are friendly and welcoming, and they take immense pride in maintaining the unrivaled Upper East Side streetscape. Uptown convenience surrounds the home with easy access to great shopping, dining and transportation. Enjoy world-famous works of art at nearby galleries, Museum Mile and world-class outdoor space in Central Park and the East River promenade, each just a few blocks away.

Positioned outside local historic districts, this home also offers significant available FAR and the ability to repurpose the property as desired. Recently renovated with tremendous attention to detail and charm, this house is not to be missed. Owner/Broker.


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Building Information for 158 East 81st Street

Stories4Residences1Year Built1899Lot Size2,086 SF / 20' x 104'Building AgePre-warBuilding TypeTownhouse

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$37,220 per month

30 year fixed, 3.51% Interest

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Property History for 158 East 81st Street

DateEvent & SourcePriceAppreciationLink
Jan 9, 2020Listed (Active)

Manual #50e3514e4a7875d4cdd82e2fffb255ae7ec71057

Jul 10, 2013Sold (Public Records)

ACRIS #2013071600151001

DateEvent & SourcePrice
Listed (Active)

Manual #50e3514e4a7875d4cdd82e2fffb255ae7ec71057

Sold (Public Records)

ACRIS #2013071600151001


For completeness, Compass often displays two records for one sale: the MLS record and the public record.

Schools near 158 East 81st Street

The Allen-Stevenson SchoolPrivateK-90.2 mi
Loyola SchoolPrivate9-120.2 mi
Ps 6 Lillie D BlakePublicPK-50.2 mi
Ramaz SchoolPrivatePK-120.2 mi

The Allen-Stevenson School

K-9, 0.2 mi, Private


Loyola School

9-12, 0.2 mi, Private


Ps 6 Lillie D Blake

PK-5, 0.2 mi, Public


Ramaz School

PK-12, 0.2 mi, Private


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158 East 81st Street is a townhouse for sale in Upper East Side, Manhattan, NY 10028. This property was listed for sale on January 9, 2020 by Compass at $8,950,000. It has been on the market for a total of 7 days and was last sold on July 10, 2013. Nearby schools include Manhattan Bridges High School, New Design High School and Nyc Lab Ms For Collaborative Studies. 158 East 81st Street is a 6-bed, 6.5-bath, 4,500 sqft townhouse built in 1899.

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