52 East 69th is an extremely rare and elegant Manhattan townhouse. Built in 1881 as the residence accompanying 688 Park Avenue, this exquisite property contains the key architectural features only shared by houses of considerably larger size. It has both a private and a service entrance, foyer and stair. The formal staircase of the house is an elegant, sweeping architectural marvel, and beside it an elevator provides access to all five floors. Most significantly, this house has exposure on three sides, which makes it one of the most prized and unique houses on the Upper East Side.
The facade is of limestone and brick with proper entrances not requiring steps up or down. The windows on all three sides of the house are tall and elegant indicating the fine proportions of the gracious rooms within. Refined details and beautiful workmanship are evident in the remarkable plaster work and paneling of the public rooms and continue throughout the five bedrooms and four baths above.
The house is situated on one of the finest blocks of the Upper East Side between Madison and Park Avenue. This exceptional residence is an enduring testament to the finest architectural period in Manhattan’s history.