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Naked Brothers Want $25M for Village Floorplan Porn

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It's looking like $25 million is becoming the ah-what-the-hell asking price for sellers with a unique piece of property and no idea how much it's worth in this crazy market. Like, "Hey, what should I do with my Dumbo clocktower? Ah, what the hell, 25 million!" The latest member of the A.W.T.H. club comes from 43 Fifth Avenue, where the full fifth floor recently hit the market for that $25 million tag. This Beaux-Arts building is one of the crown jewels of Lower Fifth Avenue, with a rich history and celebrity tenants both past and present. The very extensive brokerbabble says the 13-room apartment "has never been available to purchase," probably because it appears to have been combined from multiple units by owners Polly Draper and Michael Wolff under the guidance of architect Jill Menoff. Adults in the crowd may recall Draper as a star of thirtysomething and Wolff as the bandleader on the Arsenio Hall Show. Kids, now that they're staring at us blankly, will know the couple as the brains behind Nickelodeon's Naked Brothers Band, starring their sons Nat and Alex. The floorplan for this apartment is, rather appropriately, rockin'.

Recording studio, 35-foot-long playroom with separate kitchenette?what else does a Naked Brother need? How about both formal and informal living rooms? Broker Ann Weintraub's listing copy really is something special ("It is a privilege to present for sale..."), so let's honor that effort:

The apartment, which has over-scaled and majestic rooms, with 10.5 foot ceilings and bay windows, includes a formal and informal living room, a formal dining room, a double-sized eat-in kitchen, five plus bedrooms, a playroom and a professional music studio. No detail has been overlooked in this high quality restoration. Minute attention to pre-war characteristics include intricate moldings, wainscoting, and beautiful, inlaid, dark stained white oak flooring with 3 inch planks. With four exposures, the apartment is flooded all day long with marvelous sun and light and a breathtaking view west of the steeple of First Presbyterian Church.

Radical! But $25 million and it's not even a penthouse? What is this, 15 Central Park West? Guesses on the final sale price in the comments, please.
· Listing: 43 Fifth Avenue [Ann Weintraub]

43 Fifth Avenue

43 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY