It's Free to Look: 138 East 65th Street

  • 138bedroom2 0 It's Free to Look: 138 East 65th Street Don’t be fooled by the sophisticated facade. With electric-blue shag carpeting, hunting-themed wallpaper and a seriously solid oak library, this 120-year-old townhouse is the eternal bachelor.

  • Don't be fooled by the sophisticated facade. With electric-blue shag carpeting, hunting-themed wallpaper and a seriously solid oak library, this 120-year-old townhouse is the eternal bachelor. 

    One architecture guide describes 138 East 65th Street as “prominence without posturing.” Indeed, that's one way to describe this spunky townhouse on one of the Upper East Side’s more storied blocks. Richard Nixon resided next door, after being rejected by a nearby co-op board. Judge Learned Hand and Warhol’s “Baby Jane” Holzer also lived close by – making this one of the more interesting block parties to never happen.

    Today, you’ll just have to lure your own cast of notorious characters, which should be easily done with the combination of a wine cellar and a stunning fifth-floor terrace.

    For $14.5 million, the Stribling listing suggests this could be either “an ideal venue for entertaining or family life.” Given the six bedrooms and five full bathrooms, we suppose you and your townhouse could settle down and have a family. Just don’t let them convince you to get rid of that carpet. --Laura Kusisto