The astronomically priced townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side is on the market, and even comes gift-wrapped for the holidays — the façade has been adorned with a bright red bow.
The interiors are fit for royalty: They feature astounding rooms inspired by the French palace, Italian castles, and even Queens (not Marie Antoinette, but the actual New York City borough; more on that in a moment).website also touts the building's "Central Park views, soaring 12-32 foot ceilings, palatial entertaining space," and "the finest European-imported materials."
"The price is totally justified," listing agent Gabriella Dufwa told Yahoo in a phone interview. She pointed to the unusually large size of the building and the complete renovation, with no detail overlooked.
"Between the pizza oven and the pool, the phenomenal roof deck, and views of Central Park, there's no reason to leave the house," she added. "It's fabulous in every way."
The dining room that seats 20 is inspired by a similar room in the Palace of Versailles, according to the New York Times, and includes a carved fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows, and lots of gold leaf.
The town house's price tag — the most expensive in New York real estate, according to the Real Deal — will get you a completely renovated home with no expense spared. That includes seven bedrooms, six full baths and three powder rooms, a bar, an indoor pool, a fitness room, a game room, and a panic room.
Owners Teresa and Vincent Viola bought the place in 2005 for $20 million, with a "gut renovation" in mind, according to the Real Deal.
The luxe living begins outside the residence on 12 East 69th Street, which was originally built in the 1880s, with heated exterior steps and sidewalk — no snow shoveling required.
The property boasts a total of 19 extravagantly designed rooms, but you may never leave the gloriously indulgent master bath; the elevated soaking tub and toilet are built from slabs of Italian onyx, reports the New York Times.
The home theater, complete with a 12-foot screen, plush seating, and a balcony, was built to resemble a movie theater in Queens that Teresa Viola remembered from her childhood, according to the Times.
The kitchen, which looks bigger than most Manhattan apartments, is a foodie's dream, outfitted with a brick pizza oven, warming drawers, and large windows overlooking the street.
If you're worried about a draft, fear not — radiant heating keeps you toasty. And if six floors sounds like too many stairs to climb, the building also has a fast and quiet elevator to get you from cellar to roof, according to Dufwa.
One thing you won't get for the eye-popping price tag: a garage. For that, the new tenants will be forced to search for parking like everyone else. Or take the bus.
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