March 19, 2011
Buy it for $90 million or rent it for a paltry $210,000 a month – it being the Woolworth Mansion on New York’s 4 East 80th Street, commissioned in 1911 by five-and-dime store billionaire Frank Winfield Woolworth.
Don’t want to tie that much dough up? Fine, just take a gander at the sumptuous pictures below.
Early 20th century architect-to-the-stars C.P.H. Gilbert designed the 35-foot wide Neo-French Renaissance at Mr. Woolworth’s request, but the mansion was actually a present to his daughter, Helena Woolworth McCann (don’t worry, Helena’s two sisters were given matching massive townhouses on either side).
The 18,000-square foot home is being sold by the estate of the late fitness guru Lucille Roberts who, it would seem, bought it – relatively cheaply, we might add – for $6 million in 1995.
So what are you buying for your $90 million? Well, 7 floors, all accessible by elevator; 8 fireplaces; 10 bedrooms; 11 bathrooms; a formal dining room with 50-guest capacity; a 35-foot wide library; a parlour with 14-foot high ceilings; and 3 kitchens.
All pictures courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens:
Wowzas! Apparently, if it sold for anywhere near the asking price, it would smash NYC’s existing luxury home sales records. However, most people familiar with the Manhattan real estate market are on the record arguing that they just can’t see it changing hands for that price.