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Sublime NYC townhouse with river views: $48.8M

Learn the New Luxury Playbook at Luxury Connect | October 18-19 at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Click here to view the full photogallery. Location: New York, N.Y. Price: $48,750,000 The Skinny: "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. In 1925, following a split with her playwright husband, she had the house completely revamped by architects Butler & Corse. In 1946, she sold the property, and the intervening six decades were not too kind to her legacy. In 2001, a Florida businessman, William Rupp, purchased the townho...