Back in May, 6sqft learned that Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim had put his Upper East Side mansion at 1009 Fifth Avenue on the market for a record $80 million. While coverage at the time was mainly focused on the insane asking price and the location, at the end of the day, what we all really wanted to know was what exactly was inside this 20,000-square-foot behemoth that warranted a high eight-figure price tag. Now, lo and behold, Curbed has just spotted the updated listing for the limestone and red-brick stunner, and as one would anticipate, it boasts all the ornate details and grandiose spaces you’d expect from such a historic home—although far less flash that what you’d dream up for one of the world’s richest men.
Built in 1901, the mansion is one of the few private residences of the Gold Coast Fifth Avenue era that remain today. The facade of the property extends 27 feet along the avenue and faces 82nd Street and the Met Museum, just across the way. The mansion rises eight stories, and according to the listing the interiors boast “soaring ceilings, hand-carved wood paneling, lovely trompe l’oeil accents, gold-leaf trimmed fixtures and intricate plaster friezes.” The home’s staircase extends five of the stories and is punctuated by windowed landings.
Slim originally purchased the mansion for just $44 million five years ago from Russian oil mogul Tamir Sapir. If the magnate manages to finagle his $80 million ask, he will have made a record deal for the priciest townhouse ever sold, besting the Harkness Mansion at 4 East 75th Street, which traded hands for $53 million in 2006 (and sold again in 2011 for only $36.5 million).
Do you think there will be a taker?
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Neighborhoods : Upper East Side