Unreal Estate: $32.5 M. for One-Bedroom

What makes patrician investor Christopher H. Browne’s $32.5 million duplex at 515 Park Avenue so mind-bogglingly awesome isn’t the telephone closet in the dressing room, the two wet bars or the custom bronze doors that open to make a 75-foot-long entertaining space. It’s the fact that the 6,500-square-foot duplex is basically a one-bedroom apartment.

To be sure, the apartment comes with two bonus maid’s studios at the bottom of the building, and the duplex’s top floor has a guest bedroom—but it’s smaller than Mr. Browne’s walk-in closet. The all-encompassing master bedroom suite also has a bathroom; a gym/dressing room (which has its own bathroom and closet); two hallways; and a 23-foot-long sitting room, which leads to something called a bedroom gallery, which has one of the duplex’s wet bars, which has its own powder room.

Update: An earlier version of this post misstated the asking price. It is $32.5 million.

- By Max Abelson


If you don’t want to separate the 26-foot-long music room from the 20-foot-long dining room and the 29-foot-long dining room, custom bronze-and-glass doors open to make a gargantuan entertaining sprawl along Park Avenue.
In case the walk-in closet (bigger than both the guest bedroom and the downstairs kitchen) isn’t good enough, the gym/dressing area has its own closet, too.
If Mr. Browne, managing director of Tweedy Browne (co-founded by his father), has to take an important call while dressing, he can step into the telephone closet.
The only thing less necessary than a sitting room is a bedroom gallery, even if it’s 17.5 feet long.
Sadly, this duplex lacks the pale green onyx bathroom that’s in Westchester mega-developer Louis Capelli’s duplex three floors down—listed for $29.5 million.
One always likes to stroll into a rotunda and have only a music room and a wet bar to choose from.
One of the 30-by-20-foot media room’s dotted circles hides a drop-down projector.
What makes this wet bar better than the wet bar downstairs? It has its own powder room.
The listing says the stainless-steel gourmet kitchen is “eat-in,” and yet there’s a 20-foot-long dining room and 12-foot-long breakfast room next door, too.
It’s a pity that you have to walk through the 23-foot-long gallery to get to the foyer, where the coat closet is hidden. It’s so hard to find a properly placed coat closet these days.
What’s named the library on the floor plan is described as an office in Corcoran’s listing, and what’s named the music room is described as the library. Confusing!

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