Eleanor Roosevelt’s Charming Manhattan Townhouse Is Selling For $13.5 Million

published Feb 19, 2019
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After a long hiatus, Eleanor Roosevelt’s stately townhouse in New York City‘s Upper East Side, where the former First Lady resided is back on the market—for a cool $13.5 million.

The townhouse is a historic fixture and almost 150 years old. It spans five floors and is topped by a spacious rooftop deck boasting stellar city views. Winding wooden staircases connect the floors, Architectural Digest detailed, and there’s also an elevator for more convenient access. During her short five-year tenure at the property, Roosevelt hosted the likes of Indira Gandhi, Adlai Stevenson, and John F. Kennedy.

As you’d probably expect, the house is beautiful, full of refined details and special gems. The 5,225 square-foot home has a red brick facade and classic stone columns. Decorative medallions and moldings dot the spacious residence with four bedrooms (each in their own suite) and six wood-burning fireplaces.

The first two floors are for entertaining guests, with a lavish reception gallery decked out with marble floors, a restored Victorian ceiling, and—as if that weren’t enough—stained glass arched French doors that let out into a serene garden, complete with a stone fountain. On the parlor level, there’s a formal dining room, an eat-in kitchen, and another living room that leads to a terrace.

The third and fourth floors are each dominated with a full-floor master suite, each with their own wet bar, fireplace, and bathrooms with clawfoot tubs. The other two bedrooms can be found on the fifth floor.

Listing agent Barbara Evans Butler told Mansion Global that the house has an “outstanding provenance that really resonates at the moment, given what’s happening in the world.” Evans Butler added that Roosevelt’s “legacy as a feminist and in human rights, I think, resonates much more now.”