If there was a Tinder for real estate property we’d be swiping right with a vengeance for this sexy Upper East Side townhouse.
Owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, Curbed noticed that the regal 20,000-square-foot mansion located at 1009 Fifth Avenue on the market for $80 million now has photos available of the interior. And boy is it nice.
Slim who is clearly in the business of making mad cash and very good at it, originally purchased the landmarked Beaux Arts limestone and red-brick house for $40 million from Russian oil mogul Tamir Sapir. No stranger to holding records — Slim is the former richest man in the world — if he can pull off the sale, not only will he garner a hefty profit but will also have the distinction of selling the most expensive townhouse in New York — beating the Harkness Mansion at 4 East 75th Street, which sold for $53 million in 2006 (and then $36.5 million in 2011).
Price aside, there is a lot worth noticing about this demure, yet majestic 8-story mansion. Looking as good from the outside as it does from the inside, the house was built in 1901 and is one of the few remaining beaux-arts homes remaining on Fifth Avenue.
The beautiful facade extends 27 feet along the avenue and features a terrace that looks out onto the iconic Metropolitan Museum. Equally interesting inside, it is regal but never flashy. The interiors are subtle, featuring high ceilings, hard-carved wood paneling, trompe l’oeil accents and an ornate, curved staircase that stretches for five stories.