It’s Free to Look: 351 Riverside Drive

Some properties come with free giveaways, but rarely does one come with a pithy quote by architect Robert Stern, who said this Riverside Drive mansion is "unsurpassed in refinement in the West End." That's right. We recommend that the new owners engrave that above each of the "numerous fireplaces."

But, of course, they won't have to. The Brown Harris Stevens listing calls this $24.9 million mansion an "exquisite French Renaissance jewel box executed in pristine white marble." Consider the jewels: five levels of "other grand public rooms" and "an extraordinary amount of original detail." Consider the box: "deep green roof tiles," "bronze grills" and "luminescent sunlit" windows made from "glass." According to a handy little history of the place courtesy of BHS, the original owner cared so much about the "whiteness of the facades" that he rigged up a system of pumps to clean "every part of the exterior."

The architect, by the way, was "the master of the chateau style." That's important in the city, where "chateau style" is the closest you can get to an actual "chateau." Deceiving the mansion's inhabitants is a clever network of "mirrors and views" that, according to the brief history, "add to the impression of spaciousness." - William Alden

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Some properties come with free giveaways, but rarely does one come with a pithy quote by architect Robert Stern, who said this Riverside Drive mansion is “unsurpassed in refinement in the West End.” That’s right. We recommend that the new owners engrave that above each of the “numerous fireplaces.”

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