Another One Bites The Dust: Pricey Upper East Side Townhouse Finds Buyer

  • Rivers of money continue to flow into the New York real estate market, swallowing up fabulous property after fabulous property in what seems to be a never ending flood.

    The latest property to disappear from the market is the now under-contract townhouse at 26 East 73rd Street, listed with Brown Harris Stevens broker Paula Del Nunzio at $23 million.

    The luxurious limestone building, on the cusp of being sold to an unknown buyer, was bought anonymously for $18  million in 2007 by owners who records suggest are based in the Netherlands.

    They clearly had whimsical and artistic preferences when it came to decorating. Listing photos show a swarm of butterflies crossing the living room, lavender walls, a bright orange breakfast nook and and a plethora of interesting paintings.

    But fresh, alluring design aside, it seems that buyers can’t keep their hands off really expensive properties these days and 26 East 73rd Street fits the bill. The six-story, five-bedroom townhouse has an elevator, central heat that is adjustable room-by-room, a high-end security system, a private exterior vestibule hidden behind a heavy brass front door and more high-tech creature comforts than we’ve ever seen included in the same listing before.

    There’s also a roof terrace (with built-in irrigation system), both gas and wood-burning fireplaces (a total of 5), closets galore, a living room with state-of-the-art home theater equipment and a master bedroom with a regular closet and a shoe closet, as well as a bathroom with heated limestone floors.

    The beauty also apparently caught the eye of Jerry Seinfeld last June, but either the comedian and dyed-in-the-wool Upper West Sider decided to stay in known territory or he takes a very long time to make up his mind.

    kvelsey@observer.com

  • Does your living room have a flock of butterflies?

  • Red walls in the bedroom: a bold decor choice

  • An eat-in kitchen--the table provides proof.

  • Air-conditioning and heating cover 13 zones, meaning you'll never have to throw an extra blanket on the bed.

  • Purple walls!

  • One of the many living rooms

  • Too bad the art doesn't come with the house.