The runner-up, at $15,000,000, was a 23-foot-wide, five-story townhouse that was built in the late 1800s and fully restored with modern, energy-saving additions along with landscaped gardens in the backyard and on the roof.
The annual taxes on the 7,040-square-foot Renaissance Revival house at 9 West 82nd Street, just steps away from Central Park West, are $72,171. The home was originally listed for $17.9 million in March 2013, and lowered to $16.9 million last September, according to Don Correia and Judy Oston of Halstead Property, the listing brokers.
The identity of the buyer was shielded by the limited liability company Essex-Hawthorne W 82.
The sellers, Garrard R. Beeney, a partner of the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, and Evan M. Mason, bought the building in 2004 and spent the next few years restoring it to the original glory intended by the architects Thom & Wilson, who designed numerous other brownstones on the Upper West Side. Ms. Mason has businesses that focus on historic preservation and improving energy performance, and some of the work at the townhouse was showcased in a YouTube video.
“It had been partially renovated when they bought it,” Ms. Oston said, adding that the buyers “knew what they were doing. They knew how to insulate a building.”
The townhouse is currently configured as six bedrooms and eight baths, with a separate studio apartment on the street level that could be rented out or used for guests or as office space. The sellers restored the abundant historic detail, including the six working fireplaces, and added an elevator, along with security and central vacuum systems, and zoned each floor with separate heating and air-conditioning. There are also four outdoor spaces, including two landscaped gardens on the ground floor, a deck off the kitchen and a roof garden.
Friday, March 06, 2015