It may not be a dream apartment on East 85th Street, but it’s not exactly a dump, either.
The annual property taxes on the five-story residence, built just west of Fifth Avenue in 1844 but progressively and luxuriously updated since then with no 21st-century mechanical or cosmetic detail overlooked, are $84,099. The 26-foot-wide, nearly 8,500-square-foot home takes up its entire lot, providing unusual depth and adding an eastern exposure to several of its 21 rooms — the front facade faces north, its primary exposure. The formal entrance is on the parlor floor atop the front steps, but there is a garden-level entry for staff, or those disinclined to climb stone stairs. The interior of the house is served by an elegant spindle staircase as well as an elevator. The townhouse has seven bedrooms, eight-and-a-half baths, three wood-burning fireplaces and multiple outdoor spaces, the most prominent a serene and private 26-by-13-foot planted terrace on the top floor. The 34-by-10-foot home gym in the basement has stone walls, a ballet barre and an adjacent sauna and steam shower…
The townhouse was listed with the Corcoran Group for $29.5 million in late 2012 but was later withdrawn. Mr. Osher, the listing broker for the record-setting sale in 2006, said his fondness for the property and his conviction that he could sell it quickly because of its immaculate condition and its location motivated him to approach Ms. Soros Colombel, whose father is the billionaire investor/philanthropist George Soros, with a new marketing plan
According to Osher, the place is “priced to sell” at $24.75 million, though he adds that, as the daughter and son-in-law of Papa George, “it’s not like they have to sell it.” Come in with an offer today.