After seven years of buying bits and pieces of a cream-colored townhouse on East 73rd Street, the king of mass-market shoes, Steve Madden, is now selling the whole six-floor shebang for just shy of $9 million, according to the Observer. Since 2006, Madden and his wife have picked up separate parcels totaling $7.7 million, so there's actually not too much of a markup. Elliman has the listing for 175 East 73rd Street, a 6,000-square-foot space that can fit up to six bedrooms and has a garden as well as two terraces.
The exterior may be beige, but inside you'll find spacious, somewhat spangly rooms splashed in their entirety with various hues, from a teal master bedroom and a bright pink living room to a purple TV room and a pastel kid's room. The top level, though, is surprisingly sparse?awaiting total immersion in your favorite color.
Here's the layout of the basement/cellar level, ground floor, and first floor.
And here are the second through fourth floors.
The brokerbabble goes deep into the history on this one, noting that "in 1896, the owner converted the house to a blacksmith's shop and residence in order to serve the private carriage houses and stables on the south side of the street, thus saving it from demolition." OMG, the Observer jokes, it was once a house where horses' shoes were made, now inhabited by a maker of people's shoes. There must be something in the air.
· Official listing [Elliman]
· Steve Madden Seeks Buyers To Try On His $9 M. UES Townhouse [NYO]
· Celebrity real estate coverage [Curbed]