Disgraced “Today” show anchor Billy Bush had bought the townhouse at 224 West 22nd Street in Chelsea in December 2015 in preparation for his new gig with NBC, but after video hit of his “locker room” chat with Donald Trump, the network gave him the boot. He had listed the residence seven months earlier, but when he lost his job he chopped the price from $8,995,000 to $8,250,000 this past October. His quick getaway plan proved mostly successful, as the Wall Street Journal reports that it’s now in contract.
As 6sqft previously explained, the home was owned by Empire City Realty’s Steven Ostad and business partner Andre Sakhai, who brought on ODA Architects to create renderings of a super-modern gut renovation. The work received permits in January 2015, and the partners “then sold the vacant townhouse to JLM Trust, a Massachusetts-based entity associated with the Bush Crew, for $8.8 million, setting a neighborhood conversion record.”
Bush never got around to renovating the four-story, 4,300-square-foot property, but it’s currently stripped and ready for its new owner, whose name hasn’t yet been made public, to complete the work. They’re not obligated to stick with ODA’s plans, but if they do, they’ll be adding a double-height living room open to the balcony and garden below, a roof deck with a plunge pool, Jacuzzi, lounge area, and outdoor kitchen, and a finished basement that could become a movie theater, wine cellar or gym.
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Renderings courtesy of ODA Architects
Neighborhoods : Chelsea