740 Park Avenue - Terraced Penthouse With Park Views This magnificent penthouse occupies the top three floors of the western wing of 740 Park Avenue, and has exceptional views of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park. The building is an architectural masterpiece designed by Rosario Candela in 1929 and converted to a cooperative by John D. Rockefeller Jr., who resided in the building for many years. The penthouse underwent a two year renovation overseen by architect Oscar Shamamian and world-renowned designer Michael Smith.
A private elevator landing opens into an elegant 28-foot windowed gallery with 12-foot ceilings. The center piece of this sweeping space is the original elliptical staircase and an oversized south window pouring in natural light throughout the day. To the east of the gallery is an inviting custom designed library by Paris Feau with a wood burning fireplace and floor-to-ceiling French doors opening onto a south facing terrace. At the western end of the gallery is a 200 square foot terrace, which is also accessible from the living room through floor-to-ceiling French doors. This southwest facing terrace has breathtaking views, new stone pavers and original wrought iron railings. Flowing off the gallery is the grand 26' x 22' corner living room with soaring ceilings, beautiful original plaster moldings, Parquet de Versailles floors, and a wood-burning fireplace. In addition to the floor-to-ceiling French doors to the south, this stunning room has two large picture windows on either side of the fireplace capturing views west of Central Park.
Adjacent to the living room, through a doublewide doorway, is the northwest corner formal dining room, which can easily seat 20 guests and it also has sweeping open Park and city views from both exposures. Directly off dining room is a windowed butler's pantry with two dishwashers, ample counter-space and storage. Adjacent to the pantry is the oversized chef's windowed eat-in kitchen, which has been completely renovated. Top-of-the-line appliances include a 6-burner and griddle Wolf range, Subzero refrigerator and freezer, Miele dishwasher, two 155-bottle wine refrigerators, and a double sink. This sunny space also includes a center island with seating, as well as a separate breakfast area.
The north wing of the first level includes a guest room, full bathroom, and home office all with open city views. Completing this lower level is an oversized powder room, laundry room, and coat closet. At the top of the elliptical staircase is a 19' x 12' sundrenched upper gallery with another private elevator landing and access to the 700 square foot midlevel wraparound terrace with amazing views. The private master bedroom wing of the second floor includes a wonderful northwest corner bedroom with breathtaking views, a wood-burning fireplace, and double floor-to-ceiling French doors leading to the western terrace.
The master suite includes a windowed marble bathroom with stall shower, soaking tub and vanity. Adjacent to the master bedroom is a second bedroom/study with a walk-in closet and another en-suite windowed marble bathroom. A staircase leads up to the top floor landscaped roof terrace, which includes teak decking, landmarked approved trellis walls, and ample seating areas.
The apartment features a Creston system, all new air conditioning systems, security system, and every terrace is wired for lighting and has an irrigation system. The apartment has use of a large basement storage area, as well as a completely new wine room that is temperature controlled. Residents of the exceptional white glove full service cooperative enjoy the highest level of service and security, as well as a fitness center. Financing is not permitted and there is a 3% flip tax paid by purchaser.