We’re not sure what compelled Gianna Biondi, who just sold her 15-room Upper East Side townhouse at 7 East 80th Street, to move. Perhaps she wanted to avoid the next art spectacle in Central Park, given her thoughts on Christo’s The Gates?
After all, Ms. Biondo was so offended by the “art” project” that overtook her otherwise beautiful Central Park in 2005 that she felt compelled to write a letter to New York Magazine.
“My children seemed quite astonished to learn that The Gates is considered art. My little dog feels a need to mark the orange contraptions continually (at least a dozen times during a 45-minute walk)—a habit of many other dogs as well, I’ve observed,” wrote an outraged Ms. Biondo. “Is the city proud to have endorsed such a large sum of money and so much energy to be spent on glorified fire hydrants?”
Still, proximity to Central Park (and future avant garde art exhibits) aside, the townhouse still managed to fetch $19 million, according to city records. The sale price was more than a little under the original $24 million ask, but not so far from the most recent request of $21.75 million. And it’s altogether a win for Ms. Biondi, who bought the place for $7.5 million in 2002.
That said, the listing, held by Corcoran’s Carrie Chang and Sotheby’s Serena Boardman, did bounce around the market for a year before 7 East 80th Street Revocable Nominee Trust snapped it up, so perhaps other potential buyers were equally wary about the neighborhood (can you imagine having to wait while your dog peed on every single post in its path?).
Come what may, the sun-filled, six-bedroom elevator mansion sounds like a good place to hole up from nearby art exhibits. It has everything a “recently renovated” townhouse off Fifth Avenue should have. There’s a wood-paneled library, “a graciously ascending staircase,” a gym, a large wine cellar and a roof terrace. There’s even a bright red red door enlivening the otherwise very reserved and staid roman brick and limestone Beaux Arts facade (proving that Ms. Biondo, despite her reaction to those garish orange curtains, doesn’t have anything against color.
In any event, we hope that Ms. Biondo will be free of such profligate tomfoolery at the Palm Beach address she lists on the deed.