Louise McNamee and Peter McHugh have led a charmed life together. She was the first woman to run a global ad agency, Messner Vetere Berger McNamee Schmetterer. He ran PanAm–granted two months into its bankruptcy, which he then oversaw–and then took over a cruise company in Seattle. The couple, having lived all over the world, has now retired to Charlottesville, according to a delightful profile of their new home. They have five horses!
Speaking of horses, the move means you can now be the fortunate owner of their old converted carriage house in Greenwich Village. 11 Leroy Street came on the market in May of 2009 for $9.95 million with Brown Harris Stevens. That not being the best time to sell a house, it vanished last June, according to Streeteasy and now is back with Corcoran brokers Sara Gelbard and Paul Kolbusz.
Their listing crows about “quality workmanship, clean architectural lines, a grand entertaining space,” plus a wine cellar and gym in the basement along with two fireplaces. The four-story building can be configured into an owner’s duplex with the top-floor apartment. The asking price remains $9.95 million–you don’t get to be a success in the world of business without being determined–though the real shocker is what they bought it for in 1993. A relatively modest $1 million.