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NYC compound with a secret tunnel hitting the auction block

The Upper East Side housing estate is heading to the auction block, connected by an underground, illuminated tunnel.

minimum offer is $10.25 million.

Property houses a four-story tenement house, at 251 E. 61st St., with a tunnel resulting in an added two-story rear carriage house. Bidding closes May 31, says Misha Haghani of Paramount Realty USA, who’s putting it up for auction with Compass stockbroker Jaime Richichi.

Built in 1919 and thoroughly renovated in 2015 by TRA Studio Architecture, the brick tenement house with a limestone façade appeared and disappeared from the market.

He asked for $14.25 million in 2016 and $13.99 million last 12 months.

For its part, the tunnel has some sweet advantages. It has a 150-bottle wine cellar, elevator access, custom cork flooring, wardrobes, 3-meter high ceilings and skylights overlooking the courtyard.


The tunnel is not only functional, but also plenty of space to store wine.
The tunnel will not be only functional, but in addition loads of space to store wine.
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The tunnel also has custom cork flooring.
The tunnel also has custom cork flooring.
DD/TRA Studios representatives

Object from the outside.
Object from the skin.
DD/TRA Studios representatives

Outdoor space available.
Outdoor space available.
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In addition to the tunnel, the offer is also characterized by a great design.
In addition to the tunnel, the offer can be characterised by an awesome design.
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Elegant seating area.
Elegant seating area.
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Bedroom.
Bedroom.
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“The tunnel was dug by hand and is on top of 5-gallon buckets of earth,” said Haghani. “He runs along the outer courtyard.

The 6,047-square-foot five-bedroom, 6½-bath townhouse sits within the historic Treadwell district.

It features large floor-to-ceiling windows on the front and rear, a house theater system, multiple fireplaces, hardwood floors and a landscaped rooftop terrace with city views.

The 1,200-square-foot coach house includes a skylight and double-height grand hall, wood-burning fireplace, kitchen and dining room opening onto a courtyard, and a bedroom with a spa-like tub.

The property can be equipped with 10,000 square feet of obtainable air rights, a video security system, a sound system, and a backup generator.

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