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.
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.
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.
Photos via Meisel Real Estate
- Little Italy Townhouse Designed by the Novogratz Duo Is Looking for a New Bachelor
- Light Installation Artist James Turrell Sells Gramercy Park Apartment for $2M
- Performance Artist Marina Abramović Sells her Urban Glass House Apartment for $3 Million
Neighborhoods : East Village