From One Francophile to Another: ‘Rive-Gauche’ Buyer Snags $8.45M UES Townhouse

To the next francophile it goes!

To the next Francophile it goes! (Photo: Corcoran)

Back in 2010, Inflight Sales Group chairman and CEO Jean-Marcel Rouff purchased 16-foot-wide townhouse on the Upper East Side.

Rouff snagged the 5,050-square-foot home just $5.37 million—a relative steal when one thinks about what a five-story townhouse in Lenox Hill might go for. It seems that Rouff felt similarly, since he put 177 East 64th Street back on the market for no less than $12 million, just four years later.

Is this the "royal" bedroom they speak of?

Is this the “royal” bedroom they speak of? (Photo: Corcoran)

Unfortunately for Rouff, it appears that prospective buyers weren’t entirely convinced that, even with what the current listing declares to be a “recent design renovation” by Sanford Berger, the townhouse had more than doubled in price in that time period.

The townhouse looks very charming, per the listing photos, though. The parlor floor has 11-foot ceilings, a formal dining room, and a library and family room with two wood-burning fireplaces, according to the listing held by Corcoran broker Charlie Attias, while the master suite takes up the entire third floor, and consists of a “royal” bedroom and dressing area, as well as a renovated European-style bathroom with a waterfall shower and freestanding bathtub.

The four-bedroom, four-bathroom townhouse is 65 feet deep and there’s a garden that is overlooked by four separate terraces. The garden floor features a remodeled chef’s kitchen with a center island, Viking and Subzero appliances, as well as a Parisian floor motif.

Parisian floors, apparently.

Parisian floors, apparently. (Photo: Corcoran)

Perhaps that French flair helped bag the buyer, who, per the limited liability company name choice of Rive-Guache LLC, seems to be a fellow Frenchman, or just a Francophile. Either way, they just paid $8.45 million for the townhouse. We’re not sure entirely how artsy an Upper East Side townhouse could be, but to each his or her own!


Necessary. (Photo: LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

If the current owner does love all things français, they’ve chosen the perfect spot for their new townhouse—after all, Macaron Café and Ladurée are both within walking distance, for whenever they might get a French pastry craving.

From One Francophile to Another: ‘Rive-Gauche’ Buyer Snags $8.45M UES Townhouse