With all of its stiff upper lips and even stiffer hairdos, it can be hard to remember that the Upper East Side has long been a haunt of artists. To wit: Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon and Lillian Bassman.
Now, it’s still a popular space for working artists, but they had better be amazingly successful working artists if they hope to buy a studio/living space in the neighborhood. The carriage house and studio of fine art and fashion photographer Lillian Bass, who died last February at age 94, has sold in less than a month for its full $14.9 million asking price.
After the recent buying spree that’s been sweeping the city’s finest properties of late, the owners of 122 East 70th Street are apparently hoping to get lucky . Very, very lucky.
David and Sarah Edelstein (alas, this is not film critic David Edelstein, although excuse us for a moment while we fantasize about journalists living in $20 million townhouses) are asking a rather brazen $24.2 million for their elevatored townhouse, which they bought for just $12 million in 2010.Where do they think they live? 15 CPW?
Who knows? With the way properties have been selling lately, the Edelsteins may just get it. Still, it’s unclear what exactly justifies the big price jump. Maybe they Edelsteins are just trying to keep the neighbors happy? After all, the former owners outraged the block’s snooty denizens in 2010 when they dropped the $20 million ask to $14.9 million before finally handing it off to the Edelsteins for a mere $12 million.