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River House Neighbor Seeks $7.5M, No Board Approval Needed

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It's been more than 60 years since 431 East 52nd Street graced the market with its for-sale presence, and, well, it looks like it's been more than 60 years. The brokerbabble describes the place as an "extraordinary jewel of a townhouse?perfect for an art collector" and "characterized by soaring high ceilings and dramatic living and entertaining spaces." The word we'd probably use is "neutral." The building backs up on River House, and at $7.5 million, might work for an aspiring neighborhood resident who doesn't want to tangle with the various challenges of River House living.

Records on PropertyShark list the owner as one A. Lewyt, and a tipster speculates that the A. Lewyt in question might be Alex Lewyt, the vacuum cleaner inventor and art collector who died in 1988. Lewyt's wife, Elizabeth, died last December, so the timing makes sense for the family's estate to come to market. Here, for the curious, is the floorplan:

· Listing: 431 East 52nd Street [Sotheby's via StreetEasy]
· River House coverage [Curbed]
· Tuesday Townhouse archive [Curbed]