An impressive Lenox Hill townhouse, combined from two adjacent houses, owned by Grammy-nominated musician/Great American Songbook archivist Michael Feinstein and his spouse, Terrence Flannery, has hit the market with an asking price of $17.9 million. The couple, who were married by Judge Judy in 2008, bought the first of the two houses, 141 East 63rd Street, in 2004 for just over $3 million. Although it hadn't factored into their original plans, they bought the neighboring house (143 East 63rd Street) went it went on the market the following year, shelling out an additional $3.825 million plus the cost of a gut renovation.
To combine the houses, Feinstein and Flannery knocked down some walls on the first two floors in order create connective archways and included, among other things, a fourth-floor master suite accessible by private staircase, two kitchens, a home gym on the fifth floor, and an enormous walk-in closet, which can easily accommodate the kind of wardrobe that includes something like 50 button-down white shirts. The house, which is now 100 feet deep, 25 feet wide, and contains 18 rooms, isn't all new, though—many of the original details were preserved, including ornate crown molding and floor-to-ceiling bay windows. The wall-sized Hirschfeld mural in the foyer will not be included in the sale.
· Listing: 143 East 63rd Street [CORE]
· Feinstein's Home: Isn't It Romantic? [NYT]