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Upper East Side townhouse L: Rendering posted at the site, R: Photo of townhouse prior to construction (via Urban Edge NY)
Construction is moving ahead on Michael Paul Enterprises' 5-residence condominium development that would combine two townhouses at 163 and 165 East 62nd Street in the Upper East Side. The developers bought the two four-story homes for a combined $14.05 million last year. The mansion at 165 E. 62nd comes with a bit of fame as it was once the home of actress Brooke Shields. The development will use the townhouses' structural bones and expand them to 6 stories, 60 feet to the roof. Two renderings of the project have been released: one showing a brick facade and an upper floor setback and another posted on the construction fence that shows a sheer limestone elevation that is in line with Department of Buildings' approvals. The latter rendering depicts the townhouse stoops will be removed for a street-level entrance, a handsome cornice line will top the building and four out of the five apartments.
Older rendering vs approved zoning diagram
Vail Associates Architects is the architect listed for the project. The five units will spread across 11,654 square feet of floor area, thus offering palatial, full-floor homes to buyers. The first apartment will be a duplex spanning the first and second floor, and the next four floors will all be floor-through homes. Residents will also have access to a common rooftop terrace.
Expected finishes of the interiors
The former site of the townhouse at 165 East 62nd Street has an interesting past, full of celebrity and socialite residents. Most notably, the two-time Oscar nominated composer, George Barrie occupied 165 East 62nd. He eventually sold the home to Brooke Shields in 1982 who reportedly resided there for 16 years. The project site is a few blocks away from Central Park and three subway lines, not including the MTA's East 69th Street entrance to the long-anticipated Second Avenue subway line slated to open early next year.
Construction progress as of earlier this week
Google Earth Views of 163-165 East 62nd Street
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