The biggest single residential deal in Manhattan history was the $53 million paid by J. Christopher Flowers for the Harkness Mansion at 4 East 75th Street at the height of the real estate boom. Carlos Slim, the world's richest man, already bought a Manhattan mansion within the past year, for $44 million. In other words, we're thinking there is no way in hell that 4 East 80th Street is going to sell for $90 million. But that, the Times reports, is the asking price on the Woolworth-commissioned mansion, which has been on the rental market for nearly $210,000 per month since January with no takers. The seven-story house is being sold by the family of gym guru Lucille Roberts, who oversaw a multi-year, Malkovich-inspired renovation of the landmark before passing away in 2003. She bought the house in 1995 for $84 million less than the current asking price.
The listing is not yet online, and we friggin' can't wait. Brown Harris Stevens superbroker Paula Del Nunzio, undisputed queen of townhouse brokerbabble, is handling the property, and we expect a novella of flowery prose. New York's priciest pad is 35 feet wide and has 18,000 square feet of space. The formal dining room can seat 50, the parlor floor has 14' ceilings, and there are 10 bedrooms, 11.5 bathroom and 3 kitchens. In other words, this place is no joke, even if the asking price might be. Any predictions on what it will go for? Our guess: Whatever Mikhail Prokhorov shakes out of his couch cushions.
· ‘Woolworth’ Opulence for $90 Million [City Room]
· Historic Upper East Side Mansion Asking $2.5 Million—in Rent! [Curbed]