Thursday, December 19, 2013

Luxurious $114m mansion inspired by the Palace of Versailles goes on sale in New York...and it even comes wrapped in a bow for Christmas

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Even for the Upper East Side, which is no stranger to luxury living, an opulent $114 million, 20,000 square foot mansion with sweeping views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline has set new standards.

Wrapped in a bow for Christmas, the six-level 69th Street house has seven bedrooms and its interior is inspired by the Palace of Versailles, the castles of Italy and even a media room based on the owner's favorite movie-theater in Queens, New York.

The decor throughout the 19 rooms features the 'finest European imported materials', atop is a three-tiered rooftop deck and in the basement a saltwater pool with spa, while the sidewalk outside and the stoop leading to the front door can be heated for the winter months.

Just when one thought the doors had closed on 2013 and its seemingly endless roster of nine-figure listings, here's a 19th-century Manhattan townhouse that just this weekend hit the market for a jaw-dropping $114,077,000
Just when one thought the doors had closed on 2013 and its seemingly endless roster of nine-figure listings, here's a 19th-century Manhattan townhouse that just this weekend hit the market for a jaw-dropping $114,077,000

Built in 1883, the property, which has an annual $178,246 property tax was bought by the NHL's Florida Panther's owner Vincent Viola and his wife Teresa in 2005 for $20 million.
They set about gutting and renovating the interior, which now boasts six bathrooms, three powder rooms, a brick pizza oven in the kitchen and a 'picnic room'.

Entrance to luxury: This is the staggeringly opulent entrance to the East 69th Street mansion on New York's Upper East Side which has gone on sale for $114 million
Entrance to luxury: This is the staggeringly opulent entrance to the East 69th Street mansion on New York's Upper East Side which has gone on sale for $114 million

Lit up for Christmas: This foyer and staircase revealed the level of detail that Teresa Viola went to in order to create such a luxuriant property in one of the world's most desirable neighborhoods
Lit up for Christmas: This foyer and staircase revealed the level of detail that Teresa Viola went to in order to create such a luxuriant property in one of the world's most desirable neighborhoods
Lit up for Christmas: This foyer and staircase revealed the level of detail that Teresa Viola went to in order to create such a luxuriant property in one of the world's most desirable neighborhoods

Waiting room: The decor througout the 19 rooms featues the 'finest European imported materials' that Viola spent eight years sourcing from the Old World
Waiting room: The decor througout the 19 rooms featues the 'finest European imported materials' that Viola spent eight years sourcing from the Old World

Old world glory: Across the home walls are decorated with gold-leaf and the poweder room has a fireplace made from Brazilian travertine and the third-floor banquet room has a black walnut heated floor
Old world glory: Across the home walls are decorated with gold-leaf and the poweder room has a fireplace made from Brazilian travertine and the third-floor banquet room has a black walnut heated floor

Collection of knowledge: The library on the home is based over two levels and visible in the center is a two story etching of Rudyard Kipling's poem 'If'
Collection of knowledge: The library on the home is based over two levels and visible in the center is a two story etching of Rudyard Kipling's poem 'If'
Collection of knowledge: The library on the home is based over two levels and visible in the center is a two story etching of Rudyard Kipling's poem 'If' 

Roaring fireplace for the winter: The furnishings across the property are inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France and also by the castles of medieval Italy
Roaring fireplace for the winter: The furnishings across the property are inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France and also by the castles of medieval Italy

Viola, the president of Maida Vale Designs lived in the Waldorf Astoria for the first three years of the renovation - but moved in five years ago as soon as the kitchen was able to be used.

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'I wanted it to feel welcoming, like your grandmother’s kitchen,' she said to the New York Times about the 40-feet wide space.
Boasting three stone sinks and four mahogany-framed windows that overlook 60th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue, Viola said that she supervised every aspect of the grand redesign.

The level of grandeur is staggering across the home. Viola traveled the world to find exact shades of Venetian onyx, and took inspiration from Versailles for her own 900-square-foot dining room.

In the two story library there is a wall embossed with the Rudyard Kipling poem 'If' - which was stenciled by an artist who designs the Christmas cards for the White House and Vatican.

Across the home walls are decorated with gold-leaf and the powder room has a fireplace made from Brazilian travertine and the third-floor banquet room has a black walnut heated floor.

On the fifth floor is the master suite which has his-and-hers dressing rooms while on the lower floors there is a family room, a recording studio, gym and a media room with red velvet seats which remind Viola of her favorite Queens theater.

Gabriella Dufwa, who is the listed broker with Corcoran said that entering the mansion is 'stepping back in time, finding yourself at Versailles and never wanting to leave.'
Paul Anand, who is also handling the sale said that, 'It’s a magnificent one-of-a-kind property with a level of craftsmanship that speaks for itself.
'We don’t think people who are looking for something of this size in this neighborhood are going to be afraid of the price.

Bathing time: Built in 1883, the property, which has an annual $178,246 property tax was bought by the NHL's Florida Panther's owner Vincent Viola and his wife Teresa in 2005 for $20 million
Bathing time: Built in 1883, the property, which has an annual $178,246 property tax was bought by the NHL's Florida Panther's owner Vincent Viola and his wife Teresa in 2005 for $20 million

Pizza and views: The 40-foot wide kitchen comes equipped with a brick oven for pizzas and mahogany windows that look out onto East 69th Street in Manhattan
Pizza and views: The 40-foot wide kitchen comes equipped with a brick oven for pizzas and mahogany windows that look out onto East 69th Street in Manhattan

Penguins and bedroom: Ornate penguins adorn the kitchen floor while the master suite takes up the majority of the top floor of the massive mansion
Penguins and bedroom: Ornate penguins adorn the kitchen floor while the master suite takes up the majority of the top floor of the massive mansion
Penguins and bedroom: Ornate penguins adorn the kitchen floor while the master suite takes up the majority of the top floor of the massive mansion 

Even for the Upper East Side, which is no stranger to luxury living, an oppulent $114 million, 20,000 square foot mansion with sweeping views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline has set new standards
Even for the Upper East Side, which is no stranger to luxury living, an oppulent $114 million, 20,000 square foot mansion with sweeping views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline has set new standards

Paul Anand, who is also handling the sale said that, 'It¿s a magnificent one-of-a-kind property with a level of craftsmanship that speaks for itself
Paul Anand, who is also handling the sale said that, 'It¿s a magnificent one-of-a-kind property with a level of craftsmanship that speaks for itself

Pool: The saltwater pool comes with a spa and a picnic room for guests and owners to enjoy the facilities
Pool: The saltwater pool comes with a spa and a picnic room for guests and owners to enjoy the facilities

The six-level property has 20,000 square feet of living space, in addition to 2,500 square feet of outdoor space, which includes a roof deck with sweeping views of Central Park and the city
The six-level property has 20,000 square feet of living space, in addition to 2,500 square feet of outdoor space, which includes a roof deck with sweeping views of Central Park and the city

Four seasons in one view: The amazing mansion has sweeping views across Central Park to the Upper West Side
Four seasons in one view: The amazing mansion has sweeping views across Central Park to the Upper West Side

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