Take in exceptional prewar elegance and grandeur in this stunning half-floor, three-bedroom, three-bathroom home in a revered Upper East Side cooperative.Set on the ninth floor, this expansive home boasts northern, eastern and southern exposures as well as the perfect combination of original details and contemporary updates. Arrive via a private elevator landing into the grand gallery to discover soaring ceilings, herringbone hardwood floors and handsome millwork. To the right, the well-proportioned formal living room invites you to relax in front of the wood-burning fireplace while south-facing windows frame open-sky views and a glimpse of Central Park. To the left of the foyer, the kitchen boasts a north-facing window, abundant marble-topped cabinetry, a service entrance and stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher, wine refrigerator and a vented gas range. A convenient butler's pantry outfitted with a washer-dryer leads to the dining room finished with decadent red lacquer walls.The coveted split-bedroom layout places the owner's suite in the southeastern corner with gorgeous open vistas and beautiful sunlight. The superb dressing area and four large closets grant excellent storage space, and the en suite bathroom boasts gorgeous marble tile and modern fixtures. A second suite along the northern exposure features a built-in desk, roomy closets and lovely private bathroom. At the end of the entry gallery, a bright library with built-in cabinetry and a chic attached bath could easily serve as a third bedroom suite.31 East 79th Street is a stately 15 story limestone and brick cooperative built in 1925. Residents enjoy full-time, white glove doorman service, private storage and a bike room. Board policies permit pets and pieds--terre. This outstanding location at the corner of Madison Avenue marries residential tranquility with easy accessibility. The delights of Central Park, Museum Mile, fantastic shopping and dining are just steps away. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a beautiful apartment in one of the city's most desirable locations. There is a 1.5% flip tax payable by the purchaser.