Back in 2016, 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 the home itself is still little more than a set of renderings; the property’s owner is seeking a buyer for the property (and the commercial building that currently sits there). It first hit the market in 2017 with an eye-popping $35 million price tag; now, it’s re-listed—this time with Douglas Elliman’s Fredrik Eklund and Andrew Azoulay—for $19.995 million. (Eklund tells Curbed that he’s “obsessed” with the property.)
The buyer would then have to actually build the megamansion, which could have as many as 10 bedrooms and a whopping 15 bathrooms, according to plans drawn up by Lin and Bialosky. Total costs for that are, of course, unknown, and the listing notes that “the buyer has the flexibility to change virtually all elements of the interior layout.”
The listing proclaims that the proposed home “has more amenities than virtually any building in the city,” and indeed, a short list of the perks here includes an Olympic-size swimming pool, a half-size basketball court, a movie theater with stadium seating, private parking with room for four cars, a full gym and spa, and 5,000 square feet of outdoor space that includes a roof deck and a planted courtyard. Phew.
According to proposed floorplans (which you can see below), the home would be spread out over five floors, plus a cellar and roof terrace; throughout, there are formal and casual spaces for entertaining, a huge kitchen (with breakfast room and bar), a double-height living room, and more. A full-floor master bedroom comes with a duplex walk-in “hers” closet and a “his” study (...okay!), along with two bathrooms.
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. But will it sell? And will someone want to invest the additional cash (and time) into actually building this megamansion? Only time will tell.
- Listing: 11 Hubert Street [Douglas Elliman]