Famed chef and Food Network personality Bobby Flay has had a tough time unloading his Chelsea Mercantile duplex since splitting with his ex-wife, “Law & Order: SVU” actress Stephanie March. He originally listed the sprawling home a year ago for $7.95 million, then added the option to rent it for $22,500/month in January, followed by a $1 million price chop in May. But the Post reports today that the Iron Chef has finally found a renter to take the pad off his hands.
Interior shots from the earlier listing
6sqft previously noted that “the 3,204-square-foot, three-bedroom home was designed by MG & Company (who works with the chef on his restaurants) in an odd mix of gothic, industrial, and high-end contemporary decor.” Newer listing photos, however, show a much more streamlined, austere interior, likely an attempt to attract a wider range of potential renters/buyers.
The office, as pictured in the earlier listing
The open living/dining room has an attractive floor-to-ceiling entertainment center/shelving system, and the adjacent kitchen has an incredible amount of counter and cabinetry space, as well as two dishwashers and a walk-in pantry. Not pictured in the new listing is the home office. Located off the kitchen, it has steel casement windows and enough space for two separate work areas. One of the bedrooms is also on this floor.
Current and previous listing photos of the entertainment area
On the lower level is an entertainment room with a faux inlaid tin ceiling and a built-in bar that boasts a zinc top fro Paris. There’s also an additional bedroom and the master suite.
The Chelsea Mercantile at 252 Seventh Avenue fittingly has a Whole Foods in its base; when Katie Holmes lived in the building she had her own private entrance to the store. Building amenities include a roof deck, gym, playroom, and parking garage.
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