‘Maximalist’ UES Townhouse of Designer Juan Pablo Molyneux Sells for Less Than Half Its First Ask

Posted On Thu, December 10, 2015 By

Posted On Thu, December 10, 2015 By In Interiors, Recent Sales, Upper East Side

Back in 2012, Chilean interior designer Juan Pablo Molyneux placed his sprawling townhouse at 29 East 69th Street up for sale for a newsmaking $48 million. Unable to find an immediate buyer (or possibly anticipating seller’s remorse), he took it off the market shortly after. But then earlier this year in January, he brought it back for a much lower $34 million. Now, it looks like Molyneux’s day has come, and according to city records, he’s finally parted ways with the gigantic spread—although for a relatively paltry $22.5 million.

The 8,700-square-foot limestone townhouse is situated just one block from Central Park and contains six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, three powder rooms, an old-fashioned elevator, marble checkerboard floors, a duplex rooftop terrace with a pool and eight fireplaces.

29 East 69th Street, Juan Pablo Molyneux

29 East 69th Street, Juan Pablo Molyneux

29 East 69th Street, Juan Pablo Molyneux

Molyneux, of course, designed the home’s fantastical interiors, and as such, he decked the space out in some incredibly opulent furniture and decor. Harper’s Bazaar paid the “unapologetic maximalist” a visit back in January, just as he put the mansion back up for sale, and they listed a bone-and-ebony table topped in sturgeon skin, murals by Staszek Kotowski, and a massive painting by Francis Bacon amongst the incredible and rare treasures filling the home.

29 East 69th Street, Juan Pablo Molyneux

29 East 69th Street, Juan Pablo MolyneuxTop image and bottom left image via Harper’s Bazaar

According to the magazine, “[Molyneux and his wife] moved into the Beaux Arts townhouse in 1986, when it was divided into separate apartments. They gradually acquired every unit, renovating as they went, but the residence reached its current glory as a single-family home only in the past five years, after Molyneux relocated his New York office from the first two floors and into a nearby building.”

Now, the couple are said to be spending most of their time in Paris. And the new owner? No word one which celeb or mogul has moved in, as the buyer’s identity was shrouded by an LLC.

[Listing: 29 East 69th Street by Paula Del Nunzio at Brown Harris Stevens]

Images courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens unless otherwise noted


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Neighborhoods : Lenox Hill,Upper East Side



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