On the hilltop corner of 75th Street and Riverside Drive is a rare single-family manor house with three sides of exterior exposure and sweeping river and palisades views. The palatial Beaux-Arts mansion was designed by noted New York architect Charles P. Gilbert for Herbert Horace Vail, chairman of the American Book Company. Completed in 1905, it had a meticulous renovation, which was completed in early 2022. A home of this scale, detail, and size is rarely available in NYC. Now it is for sale for $65 million.
With eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms and two half baths, the home encompasses over 12,000 square feet. It has an above-grade basement and measures 30 feet in width.
Rooms feature soaring 12 to 14-foot high ceilings. When constructed, materials were sourced worldwide for woodwork to complete the luxurious decor of the house. The principal rooms are retrofitted with exotic woods. The baths are onyx slab, marble and tile, and all showers are steam. There is a mahogany theater that seats 20 with a woodburning fireplace, a unique Mueller pottery fireplace and a library wrapped in chestnut wood. The home includes three kitchens, six fireplaces and an elevator to all seven floors. The flooring is centuries old and imported from Parisian palaces. Modern fixtures and detail create a grand home with a forward-thinking fashion edge.
The staff quarters include a kitchen, bath with a separate entrance, a gym, wine cellar, office and storage rooms ideal for a variety of recreational equipment.
Outdoor terraces adjoining bedroom suites on four floors overlook sunset views from Riverside Park. The entertaining floor has original coffered cork-lined ceilings, and includes a chef’s kitchen with two ovens, two copper sinks, two dishwashers and two refrigerators. The fourth floor study has precious and beautiful Tiffany and LeFarge stained-glass doors.
The piece de resistance on the 6th floor landing includes a glass conservatory with sweeping 180-degree views and a terrace large enough to seat 100.
A Reis family trust has owned the home since the 1990s. Dina Reis, a world class art and furniture design collector, is an advisor to the trust who recently redesigned the home. Nearly 20 years after a notorious felony conviction, she now devotes her time to helping create and advise on restorative justice programs.