25 East 78th Street.
Without William Neuman’s “Big Deal” column, it seemed like a slow weekend on the luxury real estate front. But turning to the weekend Metro section, there was the huge news that Mayor Bloomberg is planning to buy a $45 million townhouse on the Upper East Side to use as a charity headquarters.
What’s strange is that the listing on the Sotheby’s site says the Stanford White-designed townhouse costs $50 million (which is the same asking price since The Observer first reported on it in May 2005). Either way, $45 or $50 million would be a record-setting price for a townhouse, trumping the $40 million paid for the Duke Semans mansion.
- Michael Calderone