Event: A "top broker lawn party" to launch the sale of The Whitman's new-to-market penthouse
In the house: Every broker under the sun (seriously, more than 150 of them), including Elliman bigwigs Howard Lorber and Dottie Herman, as well as Fredrik Eklund, who made an appearance before his Million Dollar Listing New York finale party, plus architect Jeffrey Cole, contractor Allan Bloom of Facet Construction and his team, and a smattering of potential buyers
Dress code: Sleek summer dresses paired with sky-high heels for the ladies; summer suits for the gents, sometimes sans jackets, and the occasional dude in shorts with a backpack. What was he doing there?
Menu: An assortment of delicious chichi canapes (asiago and artichoke pizzette, barbequed duck crepes, Maryland crab cakes, summer rolls) and libations from not one but two bars
Overheard: "Look at this view!" "Oh, the hoi polloi is here." "Where's all the wine?" "It's gor-gee-oso!"
Conversion The Whitman only has four residences, and the three on lower floors, priced in the $10 million ballpark, are already spoken for?one by former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton, who made a splash with an early buy of $10.5M back in March. That leaves the penthouse, a 10,000-square-foot giantess of a full-floor duplex that overlooks Madison Square Park. It's asking $25,000,000. The 3,000-plus square feet of outdoor space includes a terrace on the lower level and a big, landscaped roof deck above the living room that both overlook Madison Square Park, plus a croquet pitch between the upstairs den and the master bed and bath, and a putting green behind the master bath, facing 27th Street. As party attendees oohed, aahed, and passed judgement over the luxurious trappings?courtesy of interior designer Jeremiah Brent (it's actually the first New York project for the partner of designer Nate Berkus)?some of the 4BR/6.5BA apartment's luxe amenities made themselves apparent.
The keyed elevator (note: still under construction) opens up onto a private foyer that will soon be enclosed in some kind of fancy notched semi-opaque glass?Cole was particularly enthusiastic about this, as well as the to-be-installed banister of the stairwell to the roof deck. It's the little things.
Then you step into a spacious living room with three arched windows facing the park that opens up onto terrace, a.k.a. outdoor space #1. Backtracking to the area by the door, a staircase takes you up to the den... but wait, let's keep walking north through the apartment's massive restaurant-style kitchen, which includes a giant warming rack above an island, dual wine fridges that can hold 108 bottles at a time, a grand total of four Miele ovens, and grow lights for your herbs ("This is the most impressive thing in the apartment," someone breathed).
The long hallway at the back of the apartment has three bedrooms and an office off of it, as well as a staircase that takes you up to the master suite. Ascend to find the bedroom, which overlooks the croquet lawn (#2), and the bathroom, which has an enormous curved statement tub as well as shower enclosed on only three sides, two with scandalously clear glass. As one does, hop straight from a bath onto your putting green (#3), and then march past the wickets to the den at the front of the upstairs level, and to the sizable roof deck (#4) beyond. Pieces of modern art are sprinkled everywhere, and a handsome red-brick facade, attractive landscaping that include stately ivy, and tall windows/French doors/long white curtains that blow in the breeze kicks the classiness up a notch.
Of course, no one could stop gabbing about the building's well-publicized celebrity tenant, Ms. Clinton herself. Asked one guest, while hanging out by the wine fridges, "So if she's living here, does she have a car across the street 24/7?" Someone knowledgeably replied, "No, but her father and mother do if they come to visit." Guess whoever snags the PH will have to be prepared for their downstairs neighbor's occasional Secret Service detail.
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