Much was made in some quarters last year over the age difference between Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy—the middle-aged half-brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy—whose romance with the Full House star reportedly had him dreaming of matrimony. (Mr. Sarkozy’s one-time wife went so far as to call the relationship “grotesque.”) But Ms. Olsen has canoodled with men closer to her age in the past, and Mr. Sarkozy’s East Village row house at 123 East 10th Street, which dates to 1854, has an even lengthier history than her beau. Perhaps it was the old building, rather than the old Frenchman that drew her in? For Mr. Sarkozy’s sake, we hope not. The property, which was listed by Jared Seligman at Douglas Elliman, just sold for $6.4 million. (Confirmation of the sale, which was originally reported by the Post, has just hit city records.)
But even if it was the house that Ms. Olsen fell in love with, we would have a hard time blaming her. Designed by James Renwick—who also lent his talents to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Grace Church and the first chapter house of St. Anthony’s Hall—the home is distinguished by a restored Anglo-Italianate facade, eight (yes; eight) marble fireplaces, largely original 19th-century floors and ornate molding and detailing. A swerving, majestic original staircase leads up to a spacious parlor and a master suite sporting a Juliet balcony; an additional double parlor waits below. In its current configuration, the property has five bedrooms and, in the listing’s modest phrasing, “only four bathrooms.” We are assured, however, that there is plenty of space for more of each. (Phew!)
The buyers, affianced couple Laure Heriard Dubreuil and Aaron Young, might not have quite the mainstream name-recognition of Ms. Olsen and Mr. Sarkozy, who works as a managing director at the Carlyle Group, but they’re hanging in there. Ms. Dubreuil, whose family runs Rémy Martin, co-owns the South Beach fashion boutique Webster, which Interview credited with helping “almost singlehandedly” to ”style-ify bikini-centric Miami.” Mr. Young, who has been called “one of the best known artists of his generation,” has shown work at MoMA, as well as at Art Basel and the Gagosian Gallery. Like Ms. Olsen, Mr. Young has done considerable work in video, though his output tends, shall we say, more avant garde than To Grandmother’s House We Go—or even than Passport to Paris.
Speaking last year with Vogue, the couple listed their 10 favorite spots in New York—galleries, art supplies, books, booze—but many of those locales are all the way on the other side of town! Of course, they can probably swing the cab fare, having managed to knock almost $600,000 off the asking price. And nobody walks to The Westway anyhow.