As one of the 21st century’s most influential socialites and arbiters of style, Gloria Vanderbilt’s storied childhood has long been a point of interest – the earliest days of which were spent right within this grand Upper East Side townhouse.

The renovated seven-storey townhouse sits on Upper East Side’s historic 72nd street

Formerly owned by her father, Reginald Vanderbilt of the billionaire Vanderbilt shipping and railroad empire, this 18,408sqft, seven-storey coined the ‘Vanderbilt Mansion’ perched on one of Manhattan's most prestigious neighbourhoods was the childhood home of the late mother of CNN journalist Anderson Cooper, who moved in as a newborn in 1924 until her father’s death a few years later. 

Heiress and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt, who also designed a coveted collection of jeans, was among the century’s most feted style icons

Clad in sandstone and copper cornice, the architecture’s 27-foot wide facade constructed in materials sourced from around the world makes a stunning impression along the historic double-width 72nd Street. The original structure was built in 1891 by Robert B. Lynd, and subsequently altered by William Strom in 1905.

12-foot-tall ceilings and decidedly understated furnishings lend to a spacious, comfortable ambience

Now over a century later, the neo-Grec style home has recently been reimagined by New York City-based architecture and interior design firm CetraRuddy as a brand new concept: a sprawling townhouse with 12 bedrooms, 11 full bathrooms and some 1,500sqft of outdoor space that could be simultaneously reconfigured as separate guest and staff quarters or three rental units.

Cream-white interiors are punctuated with art-deco-inspired lighting fixtures and artworks

A simple yet clear vision anchored the developers and architects’ meticulous transformation of the property that began back in 2018: to create the perfect paradigm of Upper East Side modern luxury, while solidifying the legacy of the property.

An electic velvet blue couch adds a touch of flair to the family room

The result is that and more. A contemporary landmark that oozes the palpable glamour and decadence of its original iteration from the Gilded Age era, yet installed with modern luxuries where “everything about it is brand new and customised,” says John Giannone of Douglas Elliman.

The completely remodelled kitchen features a Calacatta marble slab counter marble tiled walls and backsplash, custom cabinetry with SA Baxter hardware and top-of-the-line appliances by Gaggenau, Viking Tuscany, and Miele

Majestic 12-foot-ceilinged interiors open up when you step foot inside the living and bedroom spaces, connected by a large central elevator plus individual private elevators from an old-world entrance. Bright, cream-white walls frame a distinctly elegant and cosy ambience adorned in subtle furnishings such as dark wooden coffee tables and taupe carpeting – enlivened by a few accent statement pieces that include the living room’s gilded chandelier, the kitchen’s art-deco style lighting, gold-framed art pieces and an electric blue velvet couch in the family room.

The sizeable master bedroom looks out to beautiful brownstones and lush greenery
The home boasts 11 bathrooms, featuring either Calacatta or Blue de Savoie marble floorsKalista fixtures, Toto lavatories, and Victoria and Albert free-standing tubs

Three contemporary style gas fireplaces lend to the home’s refined aesthetic, as do luxurious finishes that imbue the kitchen and bathrooms. Limestone floors, a Calacatta marble slab counter, marble tiled walls and eucalyptus accents complement newly installed state-of-the-art amenities such as custom cabinetry with SA Baxter and appliances from the likes of Gaggenau, Miele, Toto and Victoria and Albert.

12 bedrooms lend to plenty of accomodation spaces for a large family and visiting guests
Each of the carefully-appointed rooms exudes a subdued yet luxurious charm

Relive the fabled glamour of the dazzling Gilded era in the heart of modern Manhattan when looking out to vistas of the neighbouring brownstones or the city’s towering skyscrapers, on full display from the spacious rooftop or through the sun-drenched rooms; or stroll a block away to Central Park or Madison and Park avenues a stone’s throw away.

Picturesque views of neighbouring brownstones and the city's famous skyline are on view from the sprawling rooftop 

The property is listed at Douglas Elliman.

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