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.