Chelsea Piers owner and buddy of George Bush buys $3M townhouse in Harlem

Roland Betts and the townhouse at 290 West 137th Street (credit: Halstead and YouTube)

Roland Betts, founder and chairman of Chelsea Piers, L.P., and his wife, Lois Betts, have just shelled out a little more than $3.2 million for a townhouse in Central Harlem at 290 West 137th Street, per city records.

According to the listing, with Douglas Booth of Halstead Property, the 4,613-square-foot home has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, plus a separate one-bedroom garden apartment that the couple can rent out separately. There are seven fireplaces, crown moldings, a private terraces, skylights and a roof that can be turned into a terrace. The home was last asking $3.65 million.

In addition to heading up Chelsea Piers, Betts also is the founder and president of the film financing companies, Silver Screen Management, which produced “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Little Mermaid,” and International Film Investors. He is a college friend and former roommate of President George W. Bush’s, and helped raise money for his presidential campaigns.

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