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One of the settings for the Inez and Vinoodh portfolio "NY, NY 10021" in W's April issue is a townhouse on East 70th Street owned by Georges and Lois de Menil. Like everything else in the shoot, the house is for sale. We recently took a closer look at the property with Louise Beit, of Sotheby's International Realty, to find out just what $28 million buys you on one of Manhattan's most prized blocks on the Upper East Side, between Park and Lexington Avenues, where Paul Mellon once lived.

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The 20-foot wide house also boasts 16 rooms, 9 bedrooms, 9 baths ("all en suite, that's very important," notes Ms. Beit), 8 fireplaces and an elevator in its 10,000 square feet of space. An elegant oval staircase winds its way up to the top and there's also a drawing room with Louis XV paneling, a Georgian library, and of course, a basement wine cellar. And although there's another house right next door, there are no shared walls, giving the house "a life-giving silence," says Ms. Beit, "not a dead silence."

See the listing at Sotheby's International Realty.

House photos: Denis Vlasov

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