Sublime NYC townhouse with river views: $48.8M

House of the Week: from Curbed.com

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"There is not in all New York another piece of property like it," the late landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman once said of this Manhattan townhouse, "for it has the seclusion of Beekman Place, southern exposure, beauty of architecture combined with the extended view of the East River."

Shipman would know, because she lived there for many years and used the ground floor as an office for her firm, which did lanscape design work for some of the country’s most prominent families, including the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Du Ponts, Mellons, Roosevelts, and Astors.