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This splendid 14-room, approximate 6,000 square-foot, duplex riverfront home is in one of New York's most distinguished buildings. With ceiling heights reaching ten-and-a-half feet and grand, well-proportioned rooms, the apartment is ideal for entertaining and comfortable living. Unique to 2/3F is the addition of a studio apartment with its own private entrance (on 53rd Street) connected to the main apartment via private elevator. The studio would be perfect as an office, guest room, private recording studio, media room, or staff quarters.
The 2/3F layout is graceful and practical. The central gallery leads one into the grand 17'6 by 36' corner living room with a bay window overlooking the East River. Connected by wide French doors, the generously sized dining room is enfilade to the living room. The square, formal library overlooking the river serves as an intimate setting in which to relax. Also, accessed from the gallery is a powder room and private elevator to the studio. All windows on the front are single-paned, making the 65+ feet of East River frontage immediate. There are three wood-burning fireplaces.
Adjacent to the dining room, there is a fully equipped kitchen, laundry room, servants' hall, three staff rooms, two of which have been combined into a large bedroom, along with two full baths.
Upstairs, a wide hallway leads to three spacious bedrooms with en-suite baths and ample closets. The master suite, on the river, includes a study or dressing room with a fireplace, a sizeable balcony and two bathrooms, one being unusually large. The views from the master bedroom are stunning.
River Club offers two types of membership, social and full. Every River House shareholder may elect to have social or full membership subject to a fee and club rules and regulations. Social membership includes use of the dining room, pool, and room service while full membership provides access to the sports facilities (e.g. gym, squash, and tennis courts) as well as the aforementioned.
Few buildings in New York offer a home owner as much comfort, service and beauty as River House. Built as a cooperative in 1931 on a cul-de-sac, one enters through a wrought-iron entrance gate into a private planted courtyard complete with an automobile turnaround. One can drive directly to the front of the building's lobby where the building's staff is ready to be of assistance.
The light-filled, windowed lobby opens onto a formal garden with a fountain overlooking the East River and beyond. Below there is another large and open garden where residents can relax and children play. The building and grounds offer a tranquil setting in a busy city.
Designed by William L. Bottomley, the building has a 27-story tower abutted by two 15-story wings on either side. There are 5 passenger elevators as well as 5 service elevators located conveniently to serve the apartments. Bottomley created large elegant apartments with river views ideal for entertaining and comfortable living.
The building has 76 apartments and 36 in staff and a handyman on duty 24 hours a day. In addition to a full-time concierge and two doormen in the front, the building has a fully-staffed back service entrance. The building is security conscious and there is an in-house camera and safety system. River House is self-managed for extraordinary care and the management office is within the building.
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