April 24, 2013  |  Design


What would you be willing to pay to live in the space that played host to Andy Warhol’s intensely private and enigmatic personal life during his most fertile and formative creative years? If $5,795,000 USD doesn’t stop your watch, 1342 Lexington Avenue might just be within reach. Originally purchased in 1959 for the then princely sum of $60,000 USD, Warhol spent the next 15 years alone in this Upper East Side townhouse with his reclusive mother Julia and ultimately 25 cats, all of whom were named Sam, where the ground floor also doubled as his painting studio and first official “Warhol Factory.” The five story Carnegie Hill area home—which has passed through two owners since Warhol’s departure—boasts four bedrooms (two with wood burning fireplaces), 4.5 baths, and has undergone a thorough restoration to update the interior finishes, fixtures, and add a garden-level kitchen, allowing residents to now eat in the space where Warhol once painted his original Campbell’s soup can series.

From the home’s official listing:
No detail was overlooked or expense spared in the stunning 2012 designer renovation of this Carnegie Hill townhouse. Originally designed by Henry Hardenbergh, this former home and studio of famed artist Andy Warhol tastefully blends pre-war charm with exquisite new interior finishes and 21st century technology. The parlor level offers both an entry foyer and a gracious gallery, perfect for displaying your art treasures. From the gallery one enters the lovely entertaining spaces: a wood-paneled library/dining room and a formal living room, both featuring wood-burning fireplaces. The garden level offers a gorgeous new kitchen with custom cabinetry and Caesar Stone counters. With dual Sub-Zero refrigerators, Sub-Zero wine storage, Wolf induction cooktop and dual Wolf wall ovens, double Miele dishwashers, as well as Miele coffee maker and microwave, even the most accomplished chef is sure to be impressed! There is also a den/play room, half bath and private patio/garden on this level. The top two floors offer quiet and private respite, with four spacious bedrooms (two have wood-burning fireplaces), four en-suite baths, and custom-built closets. There are two sets of washer/dryers-one on the top floor and one in the full-floor cellar (which also offers ample storage space). Updated mechanicals and home-conveniences include new zoned heating and cooling systems with touch-screen controls, a central vacuum, ADT Pulse alarm and video monitoring systems, Lutron Home Works lighting system and state-of the-art media/communication systems. This property is also zoned for live/work and offers two entrances. Currently configured as a single family residence, other possible uses include an art gallery, physician’s office or interior design firm. If you’ve been searching for a breathtakingly renovated, historically significant property located in a vibrant Upper East Side neighborhood, look no further!

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