TO LIVE ON MANHATTAN'S UPPER EAST SIDE IS TO ENJOY ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST prestigious addresses. Long considered a flagship neighborhood of New York City, the area, which is usually considered from 59th to 96th Street between Fifth Avenue and the East River, is home to countless notable residents enticed by the history, glamor and prestige of the Upper East Side. Perfectly situated in the heart of it all, this five story home on East 71st Street delivers all of the advantages of the district, but the current owner wasn't just looking for exclusivity. Coming from a chic Tribeca penthouse, the family wanted an uptown locale where they could bring a bit of downtown flair. When they purchased the home in 2008, they were drawn to its charm and, though it was certainly in need of work, with the right designer they were confident that its potential could be realized. That's where Architectural Digest AD100 designer Jeffrey Bilhuber came in. An internationally renowned firm, Bilhuber and Associates proved to have just the eye that the family was looking for, and after a year-long refurbishment overseen by Mr. Bilhuber, the mint residence brings together the classic forms of Upper East Side living with a new-age touch that's unquestionably in vogue. The floorplan remains largely the same as it was pre-renovation. Other than that, it was a top-to-bottom facelift. With close proximity to the most desirable sections of Lexington and Third Avenues, it's located on one of Manhattan's most picturesque townhouse blocks, and even so, the home stands out with a distinguished, new fagade and oversized windows that look onto the tree-lined street. A separate garden-level entrance opens to a pristine, white eat-in kitchen, indicative of the airy feel exhibited throughout, with beautiful walnut floorboards secured by the owner, whose family is conveniently in the timber business. In the dining room, beamed ceilings and a wood burning fireplace make a cozy spot for family meals in the winter, while a glass wall in the connected family room can be opened to access the garden in warmer months. Lush and spacious, this much-desired outdoor area was frequently used by the owner's son, a budding artist, to paint in the natural light. The solarium, too, benefits from plentiful light that pours through the glass ceiling, with a dramatic U-shaped couch that allows it to function as a sunroom by day and intimate seating area by night. Connected by elevator, each floor maintains a specific function, such as the designated master level, an expansive suite that includes a private library and elegantly appointed bathroom. On the top two floors are three en suite bedrooms with tree top exposures, a gym and an additional room that can serve as an office or staff room. A city home that boasts modern style and conveniences in an unmatched Manhattan setting, this five story residence epitomizes turnkey on the Upper East Side. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS MAGNIFICENT NEW YORK CITY DWELLING, visit luxuryportfolio.com and search Web ID: HSLB88
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