Back in June, the Landmarks Preservation Commission gave two enthusiastic thumbs up to a new-build Tribeca megamansion, due to overtake the corner of Hubert and Collister streets. The proposed single-family home, designed by Maya Lin and William Bialosky, would span a positively colossal 20,000 square feet, and was memorably compared at that LPC meeting to “a block of swiss cheese.”
But despite that description, the LPC said yes and it’s moving forward—assuming the current owner (hedge funder Adam Zoia) can find a buyer willing to shell out for the existing property. The parcel of land (including an existing commercial building) on which the massive home would sit just hit the market with an equally massive asking price of $35 million. According to the New York Post, which first reported the sale, the new buyer will also need to pay $15 million to develop the mansion itself.
The broker working on the sale told the Post that the home’s spate of proposed amenities would “be perfect for celebrities like Jay-Z, Beyoncé and their growing family,” so yes, the whole thing is going to be as ridiculous as you might expect. How ridiculous? Let’s start from the bottom:
- an 82-foot swimming pool
- a spa with sauna, steam room, and hot tub
- a combination basketball/squash court
- a 450-square-foot screening room
- a four-car garage
- several guest and staff suites
- a “dog room”
- a double-height living room with a fireplace
- a planted courtyard that’s open through to the top of the building
- duplex walk-in closets and a 3,000-square-foot master suite
- a chef’s kitchen with three refrigerators
- “5,000 square feet of Thomas Balsley designed outdoor space”
…You get the idea.
Now, the big question: Will this go for the asking price? There are only so many deep-pocketed buyers out there, and $50 million is a lot of cash—especially for a property that needs to be developed and built from the ground up.
But you don’t get much more “trophy home” than this in New York City, what with the massive footprint, the fact that it’s in one of Manhattan’s more popular neighborhoods for the überwealthy, the abundance of amenities, and the whole designed-by-a-starchitect thing. And NYC’s real estate market is still just ridiculous enough that it could net the full ask—we’ll have to wait and see.
Check out more renderings and those floorplans: