On the main floor of the home, granite flooring, brick walls and living room furniture surround an eight-feet deep, 15-by-30-foot pool.
Hanging artwork on the brick wall above the pool was no easy task. Evelyn rowed out to a 25-foot ladder in the middle of the pool in a small raft.
"Improvisation is very important when you have a house like this,"she said. "The good news is that if you fall off, you fall into the pool."
Despite the ongoing pool maintenance, Evelyn says the home, with its pool, sauna and gym, makes her feel like she’s “on permanent holiday.” Still, she’s ready to downsize locally — living in Manhattan only part-time — and move back to Europe.
The five-storey Chelsea townhouse has been divided into a triplex, with two apartments on the top floors currently renting for $4,000 and $5,000 US. In total, the townhouse has six bedrooms, five bathrooms, five fireplaces and a garden with a small turtle-friendly pool.
For a little over $10 million US, year-round pool parties in Manhattan are possible.