By Sally Goldstein | July 31, 2015 | Home & Real Estate
For many Manhattanites, summer may mean regular weekend escapes to the Hamptons, but it’s also about enjoying the great outdoors when you’re in town, with sweeping terraces, townhouse gardens, or views of Central Park.
Barbara Corcoran, a real estate legend and Shark Tank personality, and her husband, William Higgins, a former FBI agent, bought a dream-like $10 million penthouse duplex at 1158 Fifth Avenue with a lush, landscaped terrace, solarium, and a 30-foot-long glass conservatory.
The home, which was originally listed at $14.5 million, was sold by Pamela Scurry, an interior and landscape designer who owned the iconic Pamela Scurry's Wicker Garden on Madison Avenue and her husband, Richard, a retired former partner at the Jefferson Financial Group. The four-bedroom (plus-maid’s-room), four-bathroom penthouse has a formal dining room, chef's kitchen with an adjacent butler's pantry and breakfast room, two fireplaces, and dramatic views of Central Park and the Reservoir. The listing broker was Nikki Field and Patricia Wheatley of Sotheby's International Realty.
In other Upper East Side news, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, sometimes the richest man in the world, listed his Fifth Avenue mansion for $80 million—a bold price, since it will need a “complete and utter” renovation, insiders say. Known as the Duke-Semans Mansion and located at 1009 Fifth Avenue and East 82nd Street, it’s one of the last private manses available for sale on Fifth Avenue’s Gold Coast.
Slim bought the eight-story, 20,000-square-foot Beaux Arts landmark facing the Metropolitan Museum of Art for $44 million in 2010. The interiors feature “soaring ceilings, hand-carved wood paneling, trompe l’oeil accents, gold-leaf-trimmed fixtures, and intricate plaster friezes" along with a “sweeping staircase,” according to the listing. To date, the city’s most expensive townhouse sale was the $53 million purchase of the Harkness Mansion by finance mogul J. Christopher Flowers. The listing broker is Serena Boardman of Sotheby’s International (38 E. 61st St., 212-606-7611).
Buyers looking for uptown mansions in a “lower” price range might also want to consider the grand limestone townhouse at 24 East 81st Street that once housed the restaurant Crown. It’s now on the market for “just” $59 million. Built in 1,900, the home is 32 feet wide, has 17,850 square feet, and comes with 2,300 square feet of outdoor space. Design features are impressive, from high ceilings and tall doorways to 11 fireplaces and a dramatic staircase. There are also air rights that could add an additional 15,000 square feet to the property. The listing brokers are brothers Tal and Oren Alexander of Douglas Elliman’s The Alexander Team (485 Madison Ave., 212-350-8531).
Another classic, although a more modern one, is for sale at Olympic Tower, Manhattan’s first all-glass luxury condo, built by Aristotle Onassis in Midtown at 641 Fifth Avenue. Residents have included the Gucci and Ferragamo families as well as arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi. Anne Hathaway was another famous resident when she lived a glam life there with her crime-loving ex-fiancé, Rafaello Follieri, before he ended up in jail. Their former love nest is back on the market for $70,000 a month. The 46th/47th-floor duplex, a roomy 7,750 square feet, offers incredible views of the city. The listing brokers are Alexander Bank (646-522-5412) and Leonard Steinberg (646-375-1932) of Compass (155 Avenue of the Americas).