A Brand New Townhouse With Space for a Safe Room or Movie Theater

This uniquely configured townhouse includes with six floors of luxe details

The rooftop terrace of the townhouse.
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The fireplace is both gas and wood-burning.
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A formal living room on the second floor.
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The traditional kitchen is adjacent to a formal dining room.
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Perhaps the buyers will remove the mirrors.
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The master bedroom.
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The master suite takes up the full fourth floor.
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The custom staircase.
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There's a safe room downstairs.
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There are details like arched windows and coffered ceilings throughout.
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“This is a brand-new house—it’s built from scratch,” Brown Harris Stevens broker Liz Dworkin informed the Observer from the wood-paneled entry of 178 East 94th Street.

A commercial building formerly occupied the space, though it was taken down to create this 36-foot-wide home—thankfully, the red concrete exterior complements the neighboring Carnegie Hill buildings.

“It’s an unusual layout,” Dworkin admitted, passing by a bedroom with en-suite bath on the first floor. “Each floor has a long extension,” she said, leading us into the gym, which in turn opens to a patio.

“There’s a feel of craftsman architecture,” Dworkin said of her $18 million listing, walking up the mahogany staircase to the formal living room on the second floor, with its oak herringbone floors, 11-foot coffered ceilings and arched windows. “The fireplace is both wood and gas,” Dworkin said.

All culinary needs are met on the third level—a sliding pocket door opens to the eat-in kitchen, with stone floors, granite countertops and Thermador appliances, as well as cherry wood cabinets.

The formal dining room seats 16 and is ideal for “serious entertaining—you can close the kitchen off and have a dinner party without interference,” Dworkin explained.

The master suite takes up the fourth floor, with two walk-in closets, a dressing room, sitting room and two marble baths with steam showers and glass tiled floors.

Four additional bedrooms are located on the fifth floor—all with closets and two with en-suite white marble baths.

Passing by a second living room (with fireplace) on the sixth floor and heading all the way up to the roof, one finds a covered outdoor kitchen with granite countertops and a built-in fireplace.

Scurrying back inside due to the inclement weather conditions, we stepped into the elevator, making our way down to the basement. It’s currently prepped for configuration as a private movie theater, though there’s another option. “It’s set up as a safe room—it’s fully self-sufficient,” Dworkin informed us.

“It has its own ventilation system and heat system. You could barricade the door, and no one could get you,” she said. “It is important to some people,” she pointed out, pausing and taking another look around the room, before choosing to end on a cheerier prospect. “Or it could be a playroom or rec room!”

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