Evan Mason, who together with Garrard Beeney, just sold a truly enormous townhouse at 9 West 82nd Street for $15 million, according to city records, is a consultant for Enterprise Community Partners, a firm focused on renovating “rowhouses and apartments through a lens that incorporates building energy performance, historic preservation and interior and landscaping design expertise.” That sounds like a tall order! But the buyers, who we can identify only as Essex-Hawthorne W 82 LLC, ought to be able to sleep easy knowing that their home’s former custodian is so expert in the ways of preservation and efficiency. (When your place dates to 1886 and sprawls more than 7,000 square feet, these are no minor concerns; Mr. Beeney is co-head of Sullivan and Cromwell’s intellectual property and technology group, which is nice too, of course, if not particularly relevant.)
Don Correia and Judy Oston, who shared the listing at Halstead, hoped to get $16.9 million for the home, which obviously didn’t happen. But given that the sellers paid only $5.825 million for it in 2004, they’re likely not terribly upset about the whole deal. Granted, it appears that they committed not-insignificant resources to bringing the six-bedroom up to date. There’s an elevator now, for example–and not a crank-operated one. There are, too, representatives here from the seemingly ubiquitous ranks of “chef’s” kitchens and steam showers.
But let’s not forget Ms. Mason’s interest in preservation! Designed by architects Arthur Thom and James Wilson, who were also responsible for the iconic-but-now-demolished Beaux-Arts Manhattan criminal courts building (and also the yet-undemolished Harlem courthouse), the townhouse boasts six working fireplaces, plus lots of high ceilings, hardwood and molding. Some of this looks a bit too preserved for some tastes–mostly by way of densely busy-looking patterned wallpaper. But with a discount of nearly $2 million in their pockets, surely, the fine folks at Essex-Hawthrone can find someone willing to apply a fresh coat of paint, or two.