Gherardo Guarducci, the part owner of high-society favorite Sant Ambroeus, is cooking up something good. Guarducci just picked up a three-bedroom condo in Chelsea for $4.2 million, according to public records.
But unlike most multi-million dollar real estate plays we see, Guarducci — who owns the high-end Italian restaurant chain with partner Dimitri Pauli — isn’t moving out; he’s settling in. Guarducci already owns another three-bedroom unit in the building at 455 West 20th Street. That unit is currently on the market as a rental asking $27,000 a month, making it unclear if he is simply upgrading apartments in the same building or preparing to combing his two units into a six-bedroom, 4,400-square-foot spread.
However, since his new fifth floor apartment is slightly smaller than the unit he already owns, we are leaning towards a combination. Guarducci bought his new unit from the Belgian model, Fabienne Terwinghe.
455 West 20th Street is located on the grounds of the historic General Theological Seminary, a garden oasis in the middle of Manhattan. The residences feature interiors by architect Alan Wanzenberg and furnishings and original art by Interior Marketing Group.
The historic character of the building is preserved with oak flooring, paneled oak entry doors, crown molding, custom millwork kitchen cabinetry, Vermont Royal Danby stone countertops, marble-clad baths and custom closets, according to the listing.