Known for its Greek Revival homes and Manhattan’s largest concentration of Federal-style row houses, the Charlton-King-Vandam Historic District was carved from the grounds of the Richmond Hill estate, built in 1767 and known for years as one of the most beautiful mansions in the city. After serving as George Washington’s headquarters during the Revolutionary War and the official mansion for Vice President John Adams, the property was purchased by Aaron Burr, who divided the acreage into lots and laid out the grid of its streets at the end of the 18th century.
New York, New York | Jeremy V. Stein & Marc Fichera, Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage
On idyllic King Street, this stately residence dates to the early 1800s and is one of the district’s noteworthy Federal-style homes. A thorough, painstaking renovation rejuvenated its timeless façade with new ironwork, cornices, doors, and windows, and today its five glorious stories—serviced by an elevator as well as a wide white oak staircase—boast a collection of soothingly chic and sophisticated spaces where echoes of classical details meet smart home technology. A collection of outdoor areas—among them a fabulous tiered garden—allows for stylish alfresco relaxation and entertaining. Occupying the uppermost level is a media room with custom built-ins, a convenient powder room, and two enviable rooftop terraces—one with a smart, environmentally conscious fireplace that helps maintain ideal conditions year-round.
On the main entertaining level are a spacious south-facing dining room; a butler’s pantry with a wet bar, a warming drawer, a wine chiller, and a dumbwaiter; and a light-flooded living room with a wall of windows, built-in bookshelves, a wet bar, a marble fireplace, and a balcony and stairway affording access to the backyard garden. The serene cook’s kitchen is located on the garden level below and features oak cabinetry in a soothing organic hue, stone countertops, counter seating at the oversized island, and Gaggenau appliances. A wall of glass folds back and “disappears” to offer access to the multilevel garden terrace and its lounging and dining areas as well as an outdoor kitchen with a grill and a refrigerator.
Of the home’s six bedrooms, one is a staff or in-law suite on the garden level that benefits from its own street-side entrance, while another is the primary suite, which commands an entire level, creating a setting of consummate peace and seclusion. A self-sufficient oasis, it includes a dry bar, a spa-inspired marble bath with a rain shower and a soaking tub, plentiful closets, and its own terrace gazing out over the gardens toward the skyline of the home’s rarefied, historic setting.