This is the Ellen Biddle Shipman Residence located at 21 Beekman Place in New York City, NY. Ellen was one of the most prominent landscape architects of her time and her husband was a playwright. They purchased the home in 1919 and then spent 7 years renovating it. They sold it in the 1940’s and after changing hands a few times, it was purchased in 2001 by Florida businessman William Rupp for $8.8 million. Rupp installed monogrammed gates and feuded with his neighbors, eventually constructing a two-story-tall “spite wall” to block their views of the East River. Those offenses and the offenses of the previous owners were corrected by the house’s current owner, Peter Novello, who bought it in 2008 for $10.6 million and restored it to a state largely similar to Shipman’s original renovation. He recently re-listed it for $48,500,000. It features approximately 7,226 square feet of living space spread over 6 floors with 6 bedrooms, and 5.5 bathrooms. The 1st floor (ground) features a front hall with curved staircase and wood burning fireplace, elevator leading to all floors, formal dining room with antique oak flooring and a gourmet kitchen with Jerusalem limestone flooring. The 2nd floor features a library with antique pine paneling with wood burning fireplace and a formal living room with 3 huge picturesque windows and fireplace. The 3rd floor features the master suite, a conservatory and a landscaped terrace. The 4th and 5th floors each boast two bedrooms suites. The basement features a wine cellar and a gym. There is also a rooftop garden.

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  • Daniel

    An interesting place but I don’t think I could stand the racket from FDR Drive (granted this is NYC, so if I wanted peace & quiet I’d look elsewhere). Personally I’d much rather have a townhouse on the Upper East Side.




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  • Chris

    Eh, nice history to it.




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  • Hugh

    Unique location. Very rare for a townhouse to have such a great view.




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  • Grrrowler

    I love this place. The history is interesting, but the house itself is beautiful. I even like the interior as-is. A friend used to live on 51st near 1st and the area is a great place to live. I’d actually prefer a townhouse in the Village, but I’d take this. As for the price, I can’t figure out what makes it worth more than four times what was paid for it only four year ago.




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    • george

      The reason it’s worth soooooooo much, is the fact that the owner is insane.




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  • DR.VEGAS

    The ask is psychotic…but then again they’re probably playing to new money Russian & Chinese buyers with it.The place is nice enough…but those herringbone floors get ripped out the minute I get the keys.(in theory) I wonder…is that spot where the street level columns are a parking garage? I do get private parking for my 48m…right?




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  • Jeff P.

    Gorgeous home and I love this neighborhood. It looks like there are some awesome patios with some breathtaking river views – too bad the listing didn’t feature those more prominently.




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