It’s Free to Look: 178 East 64th Street

When it comes to luxury, the rule of thumb, in most cases, is the more ancient the better. But rarely does a living experience cross from the realm of historical fact into epic literary myth.

For an easy $15.25 million, this Upper East Side townhouse allows you to dine like a Classical hero of the Western canon. The "grand" marble foyer and "grand" living room seem luxurious enough, but just wait till you see the kitchen "of epic proportion." According to the Halstead listing, said kitchen comes with adjacent space for a "full-scale breakfast table." All you need are a bard, a lyre and a gaggle of sea nymphs, and soon you'll be greeting the rosy-fingered dawn in sumptuous Homeric style.

After breakfast, head downstairs to the 1,000-bottle wine cellar, equipped with a temperature control device that would've made Odysseus swoon. Or, saunter through a "wooden archway" to the wet bar with a 100-box humidor, where you can puff a cigar while gazing upon the "beautifully finished Italian garden" and contemplating the founding of Rome. — William Alden

 

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When it comes to luxury, the rule of thumb, in most cases, is the more ancient the better. But rarely does a living experience cross from the realm of historical fact into epic literary myth.

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