451 W 54th St #TH, New York NY
For sale: $7.2 million

John D. Rockefeller was one of the richest men in the United States when he moved to Manhattan from Clevelend in 1883, buying an existing house at 4 West 54th St. Despite the Rockefellers’ immense wealth, the home was simple: a four-story brownstone built in 1865 that included a two-story carriage house and central garden. When Rockefeller died, the Manhattan home was demolished for the sculpture garden of the Museum of Modern Art.

Although Rockefeller’s first New York home is gone, remnants remain, including the carriage house, which is currently listed for sale.

The turn-of-the-century property has been dramatically transformed into a modern loft, says listing agent Tony Oakley of The Corcoran Group.

“The current owner bought it about 10 years ago,” Oakley said. “He renovated everything. He put in the central heat and A/C [and] reinforced the floors and ceilings. Everything you see there, he replaced.”

The owner also added on additional floors, reinforcing each level with steel.

While the Columbus Circle carriage house would make a fantastic single-family home, Oakley says the renovation allows for other uses.

“If someone wants to make it a restaurant, make it a bar, they can build up. It’s ready to build up; it can hold a lot of people.”

An open floor plan and 6,352 square feet of space make the property even more ideal.

But what really sets the home apart — especially in Manhattan — is the curb-cut access allowing for a first-floor garage that holds up to seven cars on its solid oak floors.

The rest of the home holds high-end finishes such as marble sinks and Viking appliances, as well as an enormous master suite with gas fireplace. Huge windows reach from the floor to the 16-foot ceiling in several of the rooms.

According to Zillow’s mortgage calculator, a monthly payment on the property would be $25,807, assuming a 20 percent down payment on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage.


About the Author

Erika Riggs, the Zillow Digs manager, covers home design and trends.

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