Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Woolworth Mansion on upper East Side hits rental market for $150,000 a month

This record-breaking townhouse has a 50-seat dining room attached to a solarium. The master suite has two sitting rooms and two full baths. Almost every detail in the house is intact. 

4 E. 80th St. is the most expensive town house rental ever at $150,000 a month.

An East 80th St. mansion built in 1916 by shopping magnate Frank Woolworth to resemble his eponymous downtown skyscraper, just went on the rental market for $150,000 per month.

The 35-foot-wide townhouse has a 50-seat dining room attached to a solarium. The master suite has two sitting rooms and two full baths. A wood-paneled library, wet bar, and powder room make up the third floor. Almost every detail in the house is intact.

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ALLISON JOYCE FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

4 E. 80th St.

It pays to be Daddy’s little girl. Woolworth built three limestone mansions for his society daughters at 2, 4, and 6 East 80th St. The buildings to the west is a three-unit coop and the building to the east is owned by Frederick Koch, one of the Koch brothers who are infamous in Democratic circles.

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COURTESY OF BROWN HARRIS STEVENS

Current owner, the estate of exercise maven Lucille Roberts, decided to rent the property rather than sell. New renters can take the home furnished or unfurnished.

Broker Paula Del Nunzio, who never comments on owners, justified the record-breaking price.

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COURTESY OF BROWN HARRIS STEVENS

“It’s a miracle this house survived with so much of the original details intact,” said Del Nunzio, the top townhouse broker in the city who represented the seller of The Stanford White Mansion on Fifth Avenue earlier this year when it sold for $42 million. “The owners … not only restored that original details they found but also renovated the mansion with all modern systems. This house is a prime example of ‘architecture as art’ and there is always a market for that.” 

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