Little beats the charm and tranquility of the side-streets of the Upper East and West Sides. East 82nd is one such thoroughfare. With the grand front-entrance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on one end and the East River esplanade bookending the other, the street’s tree-lined gentility is composed primarily of brownstones, walk-ups and a few high-rise towers along its avenue intersections. Midblock between First and Second avenues is a bespoke residential conversion in progress at 320 East 82nd Street. The dignified red-brick building was formerly home to the non-profit Inwood House and was sold to Mitchell Holdings for $23.2 million via Mermelstein Development in 2015 according to the New York Observer.
The six-story building is being transformed into six family-sized residences and will be called the Park Mansion. The understated building was designed in 1900 by the firm Janes & Leo who in addition to being the designers of several exuberantly-styled mansions, were the architects of the Dorilton and the Alimar Apartments on the Upper West Side. Jeffrey Cole Architects is handling the conversion and the building’s most remarkable feature, a neoclassical portico topped by a broken pediment, will be restored. Jeffrey Cole's most notable project is a conversion called The Whitman which attracted celebrity buyers such as Chelsea Clinton, Jeff Gordon and Jennifer Lopez.
According to DOB filings, there will be five full-floor units, one being a duplex maisonette, and a smaller ground-level apartment. The cellar will hold a fitness center, bicycle parking and a recreational space for the two units above. Other amenities will include a full-time doorman, private storage, key-lock elevator and 1 year of free parking.
Yesterday, the building’s first listing debuted –a 4-bedroom/ 4-bath home on the fourth floor stretching 2,710 square feet with a large balcony overlooking its rear yard. Priced at $6.75 million, the unit provides dramatic ceiling heights, detailed moldings, and bespoke millwork throughout. Per the listing, the Arclinea-designed kitchen offers custom lighting, Italian custom kitchen cabinetry, Dreamscape fixtures and integrated Miele appliances. The five-fixture master bathroom features floor-to-ceiling Calacatta polished marble walls and Bardiglio white marble flooring with striking grey veining accents
New Developments Editor Ondel Hylton Ondel is a lifelong New Yorker and comprehensive assessor of the city's dynamic urban landscape.
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