What a way to begin a Friday: with a full-floor apartment hitting the market at Curbed obsession 40 Bond Street. It's not the penthouse, but it's the next, or almost-next, best thing. The eighth-floor apartment, designed by David Mann, has a 20-foot-deep terrace landscaped by Jeff Mendoza. Name-dropping aside, the place is just pretty darn nice. Here's a bit of brokerbabble:
Enter the apartment through a gracious entry foyer that leads to the expansive living room with a sleek wood-burning fireplace as the focal point. Floor-to-ceiling windows are on both sides of this room affording a remarkable sense of dimension from South to North: a dining room and Austrian smoked oak wood kitchen with Corian counters and professional appliances adjoin. A sumptuous Master Suite comprises a large bedroom with a fireplace overlooking the terrace with an en suite bathroom featuring the signature custom-designed graffiti-patterned Corian, a massive windowed walk-in closet/dressing room, and his' and hers' offices. There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and 5,364 square feet in total. That makes the asking price of $27 million work out to $5,033/square foot.
The seller appears to be one William Kriegel, who purchased 40 Bond #8A for $17,972,112 in summer 2007. And when it comes to NYC real estate, Kriegel's got a history of power plays. He once owned the penthouse at Mercer Street's New Museum building?and not only that, but as broker Leonard Steinberg once told the Observer, Kriegel "bought the whole building to get the penthouse," and then developed the building, despite not being a developer. "He just wanted this penthouse so badly." Once his children moved out, Kriegel downsized to 40 Bond, selling the New Museum pad to Jon Bon Jovi. (Bon Jovi, in turn, is now trying to resell.)
Kriegel's history makes us as excited to see what he'll do next as we are to see who'll end up with the 40 Bond spread. We nominate those mystery Londoners who are well on their way to picking up a majority on the condo board.
Here's the eighth floor floorplan:
· Listing: 40 Bond, 8th Floor [Elliman via StreetEasy]
· 40 Bond coverage [Curbed]