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French Style Comes to the Upper East Side

By Jean Nayar | March 30, 2018 | Home & Real Estate

A new boutique condominium designed by an acclaimed Parisian firm brings a touch of fin de siècle France to the Upper East Side.


Renowned in Europe for its luxurious designs of private residences for such lofty clients as the president of France and the royal families of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as the recently renovated interiors of the iconic Lanesborough Hotel near Buckingham Palace in London, Parisian design rm Cabinet Alberto Pinto is now making a mark in Manhattan, bringing its transcendent French style to a new boutique development on the Upper East Side.

Situated on a landmarked stretch between Fifth and Madison Avenues, the 15-story ground-up new building at 27 E. 79th Street aims not only to graciously align with its historic neighbors on this storied block, but also deliver state-of-the-art infrastructure, technology and services that will elevate the experience of its eight distinctive residences to an unmatched level. “Cabinet Alberto Pinto’s immaculate attention to detail and signature aesthetic, one deeply steeped in the European beaux arts tradition, was an ideal fit for this unique location,” says Matthew Adell, president of Adellco, the developer of the new property. “The structure is also a smart building that allows individuals to adapt their home’s internal elements to ideally suit their needs post purchase,” he adds. “The building’s high-level security with direct private elevator entry and 24-hour concierge/doorman service also set it apart.”

The real draw for prospective residents, however, will inevitably revolve around the building’s location near Central Park and many of the city’s most notable museums, restaurants and boutiques as well as its exquisite design, beginning with the neoclassical details and art nouveau-inspired ironwork that adorn its limestone facade. “It’s like a chic French private mansion inspired by Gustave Eiel, who used decorative ironwork to build the Tour d’Eiel,” says principal designer Linda Pinto. Inside, the luxe nishes and details of the amply proportioned residences, including white oak parquet de Versailles floors, marble counters, parchment-and lacquer- nished vanities and custom moldings, recall magnicent fin de siècle Parisian homes, while Miele and Sub-Zero appliances and La Cornue ranges bring up-to-the-minute, top-of-the-line function to the kitchens.

Another plus in a neighborhood known for its tough-to-get-into co-ops? “It’s the only ground-up condominium built on the East Side between 66th and 86th Streets in the last 20 years,” says Adell. Scheduled for completion in early 2019, the building includes three 1,475-square-foot two-bedroom full-oor homes, three 3,006-square-foot five-bedroom duplexes, a three-bedroom 2,950-squarefoot townhouse unit and a 4,346-square-foot penthouse with ve bedrooms and views of nearby Central Park, with prices ranging from $5.1 to $19 million.;