Did Arianna Huffington Buy a Townhouse on East 80th Street?

  • We’ve heard that media doyenne Arianna Huffington has been looking for a good perch in the city ever since HuffPo got snapped up by AOL, and now the New York Daily News is claiming that Ms. Huffington is headed to the Upper East Side, where she is may or may not have bought a townhouse on East 80th Street.

    As far as real estate rumors go, “We think it’s a townhouse on E. 80th St.” is fairly weak. But there are signs that Ms. Huffington might be in the market. Donald Trump said that he jacked up the rent on an apartment at 502 Park Avenue specifically to keep Ms. Huffington, his sworn enemy, out when she was considering renting there last year. And last we heard she was renting a townhouse in the West Village.

    In the event that Ms. Huffington has not bought already, but is seriously considering it, we’ve prepared a portfolio of available townhouses for her perusal. Our favorite is the Woolworth Mansion, but there are a lot of other strong contenders out there, including one that has suspiciously disappeared from the market.

    kvelsey@observer.com

  • The Woolworth Mansion at 4 East 80th Street would be the perfect palace for the media queen.

  • Ms. Huffington would have the added satisfaction of buying a $90 million piece of real estate from the estate of another powerful woman: Lucille Roberts.

  • 161 East 80th sold for $13 million in March, but it would have been perfect, with Lutron lighting throughout, a Crestron sound system, 5 zones of CAC, and radiant floor heating - all controlled via the Internet.

  • But maybe Ms. Huffington was the buyer hiding behind Tower Holding Group LLC?

  • 170 East 80th recently underwent a modern reconstruction executed by architect Toshiko Mori.

  • It has a cascading waterfall. And it wants $31 million.

  • The Charles Graham mansion at 26 East 80th Street is asking $17.5 million.

  • And look! The living room of 26 East 80th looks positively pared down compared to Huffpo's home page.

  • This five-story Beaux Arts mansion at 15 E. 80th was listed with Corcoran's Carrie Chiang.

  • But the $26 million listing vanished on October 1. Maybe because Ms. Huffington bought it?