It’s Free to Look: 163 East 64th Street

It may be rash to claim that this Upper East Side townhouse is the New York City version of Louis XIV's palace. But that's just what we intend to do.

Let's start with the parlor level. The Louis XIV-style living room sets the tone for the dining room, which features a Rouge Royal Louis XIV fireplace and, of course, a parquet de Versailles floor. In both master bedrooms, Louis XIV lanterns hang from the ceilings. Light in the library comes from an 18th-century French chandelier. And the elevator has a trompe d'oeil ceiling, which also sounds French.

That's a lot of Versailles in not much space. Measuring in at a modest 20 feet wide, the townhouse is compact. We're skeptical of the building's Web site, though, when it says the house is "not too overwhelming for one" inhabitant. To command five bedrooms, eight fireplaces, a wine cellar and $35 million in pocket change, you'd have to be nobody less than the Sun King himself. —William Alden

All images Stephen & Gil Amiaga

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It may be rash to claim that this Upper East Side townhouse is the New York City version of Louis XIV’s palace. But that’s just what we intend to do.

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