New York is a city with a vast array of stunning townhouses, but for those who desire a manse on the East River, the options are limited and rarely listed. So The Observer was not particularly surprised to learn that a buyer has already snapped up the Ellen Biddle Shipman mansion at 21 Beekman Place. The mansion was one of the rare specimens to make an appearance on the market in recent months—with the notable exception of the Paul Rudolph house (although the two are about as different as two Beekman Place townhouses can be). And, some might argue, Gracie Mansion, which though not for sale, is being avidly pursued by Christine Quinn et al.
“There is not in all New York another piece of property like it, for it has the seclusion of Beekman Place, southern exposure, beauty of architecture combined with the extended view of the East River,” Shipman once wrote of the neighborhood that she helped mold into the fashionable district after buying 21 Beekman in 1919. The buyer, whose identity remains a mystery, apparently agreed with the late, trailblazing landscape architect, given that he or sale paid $35 million for the furnished home, according to sources familiar with the deal. Read More