After 52 Years—and $15 M. Deal—Samuel P. Peabody Leaving 990 Fifth Duplex

990 fifth After 52 Years—and $15 M. Deal—Samuel P. Peabody Leaving 990 Fifth Duplex

990 Fifth Avenue. (Photo from Street Easy)

Philanthropist Samuel P. Peabody has sold his Fifth Avenue duplex. Although his family tree includes many of New England’s most powerful and historic families, Mr. Peabody spent most of his life as a humble educator, teaching at St. Bernard’s School in Manhattan and Rye Country Day in Westchester County.

His 13- room duplex, however, is not quite a humble abode. The five-bedroom, 6.5-bath spread boasts sprawling views of Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mr. Peabody got $15 million for it, after being originally listed for $13.5 million earlier this year (it went to contract eight days after being listed, according to Streeteasy).

Hopefully, the buyers, Daniel and Nanna Stern, like entertaining because, according to Brown Harris Stevens broker Gordon Stanton, “The Dining Room, also with a WBFP, can host a baronial center table or a flight of rounds for a large affair.” WBFP? Baronial tables? Flights of rounds? Apparently, Upper East Side patois is now the preferred language for high-society real estate listings.

According to a profile on the website of Columbia’s Teachers College, Mr. Peabody has lived in the apartment at 990 Fifth Avenue for 52 years. He spent 51 of those years with his socialite wife, Judith Peabody—a permanent and powerful fixture in New York’s philanthropic circles. Judith Peabody passed away last year.

The triplex penthouse of the building has been on sale since 2010, with the basic asking price of $42 million.

eknutsen@observer.com