One property that might be a good investment if you win big on tonight’s $1.5 billion Powerball is the bright limestone townhouse at 26 East 73rd Street — the most expensive property to list in Manhattan in the past week.
According to the New York Times, the 7,200-square-foot, five-bed, six-bath home was designed by Alexander McMillan Welch and built in the 1890s. It’s listed for $36 million, and has had a rather colorful history.
In 2007, Dutch novelist Kees van Beijnum picked up the five-and-a-half-story house for $18 million. Then, just five years later, an unknown buyer, known only as East 73rd Street LLC, bought the place for a cool $21 million.
At the time of the sale, Curbed suggested that the buyer could have been Jerry Seinfeld who had reportedly viewed the property. Paula Del Nunzio of Brown Harris Stevens handled the deal.
However, a Department of Buildings filing from January 2015 lists the owner of the building as David S. Winter, the founder of Winter Properties, the real estate arm of 40 North Management, a New York-based investment firm.
Winter now appears to be selling the townhouse for $36 million, 70 percent more than they paid for it less than four years ago.
In 2012, the property underwent a gut renovation, which leads us to believe that features like the elevator, the pricey Gracie wallpaper, security cameras, keyless front door entry system and the bullet resistant windows were all put in place by Winter. It seems that Winter, like so many of his peers, has a fondness for high-tech security.
The building is currently being listed by John Burger and Nancy Elias of Brown Harris Stevens. They were both unable to comment on the property at their client’s request.