Housing Authority Commish John Rhea Sells at 895 West End

commissioner Housing Authority Commish John Rhea Sells at 895 West End

The commissioner's Foyer at 895 West End (Photo from Street Easy)

John Rhea, commissioner of the New York City Housing Authority, spends his days walking around the city’s dilipatated public housing. Until this week, however, he has gone home to a plush pad on the Upper West Side. Mr. Rhea will no longer be kicking his feet up in the French inspired co-op, however, as he and wifeYvonne have sold their apartment.

Unlike boisterous city tenements, Douglas Elliman brokers Max Dobens, David Cooper and Iman Barkhordari promise “a pin-drop quiet interior” in Mr. Rhea’s old apartment, and unlike those crumbling Fort Greene townhouses, his co-op is on firm footing at the luxury Italian palazzo style building at 895 West End Avenue.  The brokers note the “bright Eastern exposures create a style of living enjoyed by very few city residents.” (Mr. Rhea did not return requests for comment.)

The three-bedroom, three-bathroom is très française with Parisian casement windows and French doors. Oak floors and high ceilings are added luxuries.

The property was originally listed in February for $2.295 million, but buyers Shannon and Richard Seidenstein paid $2.235 million for the apartment. Mr. Rhea clearly believes in affordable housing for all.