With more people looking for a safe sanctuary amid the pandemic, townhouses have seen increasing interest in New York City due to the security, privacy, and multi-level space that they offer. And in the past few weeks, Meera Gandhi’s peaceful oasis—both architecturally impressive and filled with rich history—at 55 East 74th Street hit the market, listed with Lisa Simonsen of Douglas Elliman.
Gandhi—originally in search of a three-bedroom apartment—was immediately captivated when her broker introduced her to this townhouse. The home evokes positive energy and has unmatched grandeur with its marble fireplaces, sun-soaked rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, outdoor spaces on each floor, and remarkable architecture, including all limestone Beaux-Arts façade. “It is ambassadorial in every sense, [with its] high ceilings and a very special parlor floor,” said Gandhi. It should come as no surprise that this townhouse played host to renowned world leaders and was lived in by Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt until her passing. Gandhi has carried on Roosevelt’s tradition of party hosting and has paid homage to the history of the home with the decor.
Situated on a reputable block of townhouses all designed by Buchman and Deisler, the home is located just steps away from the Upper East Side’s best restaurants, shops, and Central Park, in between Madison and Park Avenues. Staples like the Frick Collection, The Carlyle, and The Met Breuer Art Museum can also be found nearby. Albeit located in an energetic and exciting part of the city, Gandhi’s townhouse is a uniquely private oasis that feels like an escape from the hustle and bustle. Townhouses have been seemingly overlooked and undervalued yet seem uniquely suited for the present circumstances and Gandhi’s home is truly best in class.