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Rolling Stone Founder's Former Upper West Side Manse Returns for $19M

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Jann Wenner and Perry Ellis are just two of the building's former occupants

This townhouse on West 70th Street last changed hands in June 2015, when Jane Wenner, co-founder of Rolling Stone and the ex-wife of co-founder/publisher Jann Wenner, found a buyer for $17.95 million. The Wenners bought the home in 1987 for $4.2 million from the estate of fashion designer Perry Ellis, and later hired American designer and sculptor Ward Bennet to "bring the house fully into the 20th century," according to the 2014 listing.

But the current owner held onto it for less than a year (and converted it two a two-family home, apparently) before trying to flip it, this time for nearly $19 million. Their upgrades include freshly painted walls, refinished floors, and an upgraded kitchen, but when you consider everything that was already there before them, those details barely register: The five-floor, 13-room townhouse was originally built in 1891 by Gilbert Schellenger, who designed two outdoor terraces with Juliet balconies, an "enchanting" stained glass skylight, and ceiling-high French casement windows on every floor.

And the expansive, luxurious flourishes go on and on and on: There’s a paved two-level garden, more than one wood-burning fireplace, a sauna, an elevator, and a cellar with a climate-controlled wine room. According to the listing, "This grand home is in mint condition and ready for you to hang your art," and at this asking price, no doubt that whoever moves in and installs their precious belongings will also want to spring for a top of the line security system while they’re at it.