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Bob Vila Giving Up Shake Shack Views for $5.7 Million

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Legendary This Old House host and DIY folk hero Bob Vila decided not to go the fixer-upper route when he purchased a Manhattan penthouse for $6 million in 2009. He bought a 2,500-square-footer with a private roof deck atop 15 Madison Square North, an old commercial building on Madison Square Park. The top floors were turned into high-end condos sporting impressive views of the area's various landmarks...and One Madison Park. Now Vila has apparently grown tired of such luxury living: His penthouse is back on the market for $5.7 million. It's hard to imagine Bob Vila losing money on a real estate deal. His facial hair evokes such sound decision-making!

Here's a bit of color from the Brown Harris Stevens listing:

With 49 linear feet on the park and ceiling heights up to 12'4", huge windows frame southern views of the iconic Flatiron Building, and Metropolitan Life clock tower. Conceived as five room, two bedrooms plus a home office with three rooms facing the park, the flexible floor plan allowed the current owners to open a wall between the living room with a gas fireplace and the second bedroom creating a massive expanse of public space fronting the park with unobstructed views.Flexible floorplan indeed; there it is below. And if the buyer needs a renovation guy, we think we might know someone.

· Listing: 15 East 26th Street [BHS]
· For Bob Vila, Move-In Condition [NYT Archives]