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Eleanor Roosevelt is an American legend, and now you get a chance to own a piece of that history. That's because her Upper East Side townhouse, where she lived until she died in 1962, just hit the market for $16 million after undergoing extensive modern renovations.
The home, located at 55 East 74th Street, was initially designed by Buchman and Deisler in 1898 and was one of eight limestone townhouses built by the famous architects. Spanning 8,500 square feet, the palatial pad features six bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, 12-foot ceilings, and views of The Carlyle Hotel and Central Park.
While it was built at the turn of the century and features original details, the historic townhouse was completely modernized. Inside there's a grand entertaining space with a Louis XIV chandelier, marble fireplaces, formal dining room, antique Swarovski chandelier, and a sleek white kitchen for casual dining. There's also a media room, elevator, sprawling master suite that takes up the entire third floor with an ensuite soaking tub and a rooftop garden. In fact, there's outdoor space available on nearly all five floors, and the facade has been reappointed to retain its original grandeur.
It was designed and redesigned to be a comfortable and elegant home and has plenty of entertaining capabilities. There's a rear service kitchen and back stairwells to ensure staff can seamlessly put on a party. And that party could be up to 500 people, according to the listing.
Of course, beyond the incredible design, you get to own history as well. The home is famous for hosting notable figures, including John F. Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Prince Edward, and Nikita Khrushchev. Then there's Mrs. Roosevelt herself. She lived on the home's bottom floors and was known to write her syndicated newspaper column from her deck overlooking the street.