For Your Eyes Only: Blondie Member Sells Victorian Manse For $1.3 M.

One way or another, Blondie keyboardist James “Jimmy” Destri has sold his looming Victorian manse for $1.3 million.

The turn-of-the-century haunted house look-alike inhabited by Mr. Destri and his wife, Eileen, features turrets, a wrap-around porch, seven bedrooms and a sprawling lot. But even the dextrous Mr. Destri couldn’t manage to rid himself of this singular property. The house at 220 77th Street, in Bay Ridge–about as far as one can get from the Bowery and still be in the five boroughs–was listed with Re/max Metro’s Edward Davis for $1.995 million in May 2009, but it’s endured more price chops than an aging rocker’s best-of collection. 

Perhaps the house was slow to sell because it’s so slow getting to and from Bay Ridge–especially if snowed in. And who but a former punk phenom with 40 million record sales under his belt can handle such a commute? How about someone who doesn’t have to. The buyers are Dmitry Epelboym, a Bay Ridge-based cosmetic dentist, and his wife, Lidia. 

The couple were probably sold on the kitchen, where you can eat to the beat. | @LauraKusisto