It’s not exactly a fixer-upper, but at least the three-bedroom co-op at 115 East 67th Street is old. And there are plenty of charming pre-war details, like a wood-burning fireplace, that could conceivably require some expertise from new owner Bob Vila. We just hope the co-op doesn’t have summer work rules!
That is, if Mr. Vila ever even moves in. The most famous toolbelt-wearer in the country has a track record of flipping Manhattan properties, although not always profitably. There was a townhouse on the West Side, a condo in Tribeca (shockingly, the place was move-in ready when he bought it) and now he’s moving in on Lenox Hill. Could the man of a million houses finally be looking to settle down in a pied-a-terre?
While home improvement master Bob Vila may be known for giving drab homes D.I.Y. facelifts, around these parts he is better known as a successful flipper of top-of-the-line Manhattan real estate. There was the Tribeca loft—where he was neighbors with Mariah Carey—the Upper East Side townhouse, the two apartments at Museum Tower. Even Mr. Vila’s son Chris has gotten in on the game.
That is why it is so surprising the salt-and-pepper-of-the-earth handyman has had a hard time selling a penthouse at 15 East 26th Street that he bought two years ago.
Bob Vila made a name for himself renovating homes on TV, often in rural or suburban corners of America—it wasn’t called This Old Condo. Still, the salt-and-pepper-of-the-Earth handyman could not resist the allure of New York real estate. Over the years he flipped everything from a $5 million Tribeca loft to an Upper East Side brownstone chopped up into million-dollar apartments after it failed to sell for almost $12 million. His latest project is a Flatiron penthouse overlooking Madison Square Park that came on the market in May for $5.7 million.
Just like back in the good old days of the corner hardware store, Bob’s son Chris Vila has gone into the family business.
Back in 2002, when the bearded home-renovations guru Bob Vila listed his Tribeca loft (a floor beneath Mariah Carey’s place) for $5,250,000, The Observer teased him for demanding more than $1.8 million over what he had paid two years earlier.
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The days when the New York Observer’s Joe Hagan owned the Gore-TV story are past, sadly, and so are all illusions that the former Vice President is going to create a liberal version of Fox. It’s more, it seems, that he wants to be a liberal Bob Vila.
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Viewers who tuned in to Bob Vila’s last installment of Home Again on CBS saw the master do-it-yourselfer show how to install “sidewall shingle” on the back of a “modern Colonial” house his staff was busy working on.
But some well-heeled New Yorkers got a peek at something rather less provincial this week: the home Read More