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A Custom-Designed Apartment at New York City’s Storied River House Lists for $5 Million

Back in the early 1980s—following the death of her husband Andrew Eu, managing director of Hong Kong Television Broadcasts—art and fashion enthusiast Sandra Eu picked up a duplex residence in Manhattan’s exclusive art deco-style River House building, which has long been favored by luminaries ranging from Henry Kissinger and Lady de Rothschild to Uma Thurman.

Sold on the apartment because of its wonderful light and tranquil views of the East River, per a 2006 Met Home article, Eu subsequently undertook an extensive renovation of the premises in collaboration with interior designer John Saladino. Several years later, she called in Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz of BNO Design to freshen up the interiors; and now the stylish digs have popped up for sale, asking a speck under $5 million—or substantially less than its nearly $6 million listing price in 2022.

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Tucked away on the sixth and seventh floors of the 1931 Bottomley, Wagner and White-designed structure, on a secluded cul-de-sac at the end of East 52nd Street—and described as a “rare opportunity to create something truly worthy of the legend that is River House” by listing agent Loy Carlos of NestSeekers International—the unit features four bedrooms and five baths in 5,000 square feet of living space accessible via elevators on both floors, plus bleached herringbone parquet floors, high ceilings, neoclassical baseboards and crown moldings, built-ins and sliding pocket doors throughout.

435 E 52nd Street New York
A light-filled living room is warmed by a wood-burning fireplace.

Main-level highlights include a columned entrance foyer that flows to a spacious corner living room boasting a wood-burning fireplace and bay window offering up unobstructed views of the East River. There’s also a dining room, library/den, an office, a powder room, and windowed kitchen sporting a small eat-in island, high-end stainless appliances, a breakfast nook and butler’s pantry, along with a laundry area and two staff rooms that share a full bath.

Upstairs, a primary bedroom suite is outfitted with a private office and balcony overlooking the picturesque vistas, as well as ample closet and dressing space, and a luxe bath equipped with a shower and veined-marble soaking tub; and elsewhere on this floor are two additional bedrooms with their own walk-in closets and baths, plus a rear staircase leading to the service area.

The unit also comes with a hefty $17,495 monthly maintenance fee, as well as a concierge, doorman, resident super and manager, and the privilege of paying for access to the adjacent members-only River Club offering an athletic club with a pool, tennis and squash courts, a gym and restaurant.

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