Designer and Art Writer Sue Hostetler Finally Sells Four-Story Alphabet City Condo for $7M

Posted On Tue, June 30, 2015 By

Posted On Tue, June 30, 2015 By In East Village, Recent Sales

Six years ago, designer and art writer Sue Hostetler (she’s the Editor-in-Chief of Art Basel Magazine) built a modern six-story townhouse at 238 East 4th Street. She and her husband, media executive Jon Diamond, decided they’d occupy the first four floors, while selling off the two-story penthouse. The Alphabet City location raised some eyebrows at the time, but before long, celebrity husband-and-wife design team Bob and Cortney Novogratz were tapped to design the upper condo, which sold for $5 million to Oscar Proust and Colleen Goujjane, owners of the well-known West Village restaurant One If By Land, Two If By Sea.

But despite creating her dream home from the ground up, and even installing a paparazzi shield on the one-car garage, Hostetler first put her massive home on the market in 2012 for $8.5 million. Rachel Weisz and Danielle Craig checked it out at the time, but it’s been struggling on the market for three years, including an attempt at selling the entire building for $12.4 million. Now, according to city records released today, the 6,500-square-foot residence has sold for $6,995,000, and the buyer is, quite appropriately, light and interactive sculptor Jen Lewin.

238 East 4th Street, Sue Hostetler, Alphabet City townhouse

238 East 4th Street, Sue Hostetler, Alphabet City townhouse

The first floor holds the private garage, a foyer, powder room, and the magnificent great room, which boasts 18-foot beamed ceilings and a massive stone fireplace. A short staircase leads to the second floor, where you’ll find the formal dining room, complete with a contemporary gas fireplace, and the open, stainless steel kitchen. A wall of retractable floor-to-ceiling doors leads from the kitchen to the 770-square-foot garden, which also has a gas fireplace.

238 East 4th Street, Sue Hostetler, Alphabet City townhouse

The master suite occupies the entire third floor and his-and-hers dressing rooms and a huge spa-like bath. The fourth floor offers three additional bedrooms, as well as a laundry room. It looks like the contemporary layout and clean lines will make the perfect canvas for new owner Jen Lewin’s art installations.

[Listing: 238 East 4th Street, Condominium Townhouse by Susan P. Meisel and Edward Hickey of Meisel Real Estate]

Photos via Meisel Real Estate

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