Billionaire Thomas Sandell Offering Gianni Versace’s Former Manhattan Townhouse for $60M

Billionaire Thomas Sandell Offering Gianni Versace’s Former Manhattan Townhouse for $60M

Published: November 11, 2022 | By: American Luxury Staff

The former New York City haunt of Gianni Versace is on the open market. Currently owned by hedge fund guru Thomas Sandell, the lavish townhouse reaches six stories skyward and features a limestone exterior. It is presently priced at $60 million.

Lavish is the word for the interiors, which Versace had designed in an Italian Baroque style. Ornament is the common denominator in the rooms, and the list of exceptional, eye-popping details is seemingly endless. This is not a house for the austere introvert.

The entrance gallery features an inlaid marble floor with a meandros border and ornamental columns — in alternating red and black marble, no less — with a tray ceiling sprouting a crystal chandelier. Parquet floors, marble fireplaces, pyramid skylights, a dome ceiling, and frieze wall panels are among the visuals of the home.

Specialty rooms include a concept billiards room with porthole windows, rattan-panel doors, a black stone floor with an inlaid starfish design, and a red-and-black color scheme. The master bedroom is joined by a large bath with extensive custom millwork and carvings, an inlaid stone floor, and more columns. The kitchen is the only room in the house to show off a utilitarian design style; clean lines, an ethereal white color scheme, and simple fixtures and cabinetry.

Sandell has had the five-bedroom, six-bath Manhattan mansion on and off the market for at least six years, offering it as a rental in 2016 for $100K and then $65K per month. Earlier this year, he listed it for sale with a $70 million ask.

Sandell’s net worth is around $1.3 billion, according to Forbes.More infoFor more information, contact Nikki Field and Amanda Field Jordan of Sotheby’s International Realty

Bon Appétit! 4 Homes With French Ranges

Ranges from brands like Cornue and Lacanche—whose designs recall vintage stoves in French countryside homes—add a dose of Old World charm and craftsmanship to any kitchen.

Light-Filled Living on Park Avenue

Claire Groome and LeAnn M. Waldron | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Overlooking Park Avenue, this elegant four-bedroom corner residence is filled with light and handsome classical finishes. Highlights include a living room with a wood-burning fireplace, a dining area, a south-facing primary suite with ample closets and a lovely windowed bathroom, and a chic open chef’s kitchen with a dual-fuel Lacanche range. The full-service 1921 building, designed by the illustrious Emery Roth, offers door and elevator attendants, a resident superintendent, a fitness center, storage, and a landscaped roof terrace.

Oceanfront Oasis

Houghton Hyatt | Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage

On 1.46 acres high above the sea in Santa Barbara, this enchanting 1949 Spanish-style adobe home enjoys dramatic views of the water, sunsets, and the horizon. It features living and entertaining spaces with French doors leading to the idyllic grounds, three bedrooms, two baths, detached guest quarters, a two-car garage, and a chef’s kitchen with a stately La Cornue range. A path leads from the blufftop perch directly to the beach.

Welcoming Waterfront Retreat

Lisa Ruffino | Sotheby’s International Realty – Sandwich Brokerage

This bright, airy home in the desirable village of Gray Gables affords the quintessential Cape Cod living experience beside the waters of Buzzards Bay. It offers three bedrooms, an office, two baths, a living room with a fireplace, a sunroom, a spacious deck for enjoying water and sunset views, and a streamlined kitchen with custom wall-hung walnut cabinetry, quartz countertops, Italian ceramic tile flooring, and a stylish La Cornue range.

Grand Gramercy Park Townhouse

Kristi Ambrosetti | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

On a delightful tree-lined block, this sophisticated 5,921-square-foot townhouse consists of an owner’s triplex, a three-bedroom garden duplex—both with state-of-the-art systems, abundant storage, and central air conditioning—and three private outdoor spaces. The owner’s residence offers six bedrooms, two and one-half luxurious baths, two terraces—including an enviable rooftop retreat—living and dining rooms, a wet bar, and a cook’s kitchen with custom cabinetry and millwork, a lovely La Cornue range, and other top-of-the-line appliances.

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Blow Off Some Steam: 4 Homes With Saunas

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Contemporary Greenwich Grandeur

Joseph Barbieri | Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

In a pastoral 2.31-acre setting, this impressively scaled estate features a living room with a double-height fireplace, a chef’s kitchen, a sunny breakfast room, a formal dining room, a butler’s pantry with a wine refrigerator, a playroom, a wine cellar, a gym, a golf simulator, a family room with a fireplace, and a backyard patio, pool, spa, grilling area, and fire pit. Of the six bedrooms, the owner’s suite includes a luxurious bath with a soaking tub, a shower, and a sauna.

Urban Oasis

Allison Fortini Crawford | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

On the sunny northern slope of San Francisco’s Bernal Heights, this thoughtfully renovated modern home features and open-concept kitchen, dining room, and family room; a separate living room; three decks with views of Twin Peaks, the Golden Gate Bridge, Mt. Tamalpais, and the downtown skyline; and three bedrooms, including a primary suite with a well-outfitted walk-in closet. The professionally designed backyard is an idyllic escape with fruit and maple trees, lavender, herbs, an Adirondack swing, an outdoor shower, and a classic barrel sauna.

Pacific Palisades Villa

Shelton Wilder | Sotheby’s International Realty – Pacific Palisades Brokerage

Perched high above Pacific Palisades with views of Catalina Island and the Queen’s Necklace, this five-bedroom villa combines modern architecture and Italianate influences. Highlights include formal living and dining rooms, a sunroom, a sunken wet bar, a well-equipped kitchen, and a heated stone terrace with a spa, a built-in grill, burners, an oven, and a beverage refrigerator—all with an ocean view. The primary bedroom is a tranquil getaway boasting a fireplace and a bath with a whirlpool tub, a steamshower, and a therapeutic sauna.

Hollywood Hills Haven

John Galich | Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

This 5,300-square-foot contemporary home in the Hollywood Hills is an ideal setting for entertaining indoors and out. Its dramatic interiors feature a chef’s kitchen, a spacious media and family room, and walls of glass that open to the refreshing swimming pool and spa, multiple alfresco lounging areas, and an outdoor kitchen with a Viking grill and a pizza oven. Rest and relaxation are assured by the four peaceful bedrooms and a private wood-paneled sauna.

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Four-Bed Frank Lloyd Wright Pops Up on the Market in New York for $1.5M

Four-Bed Frank Lloyd Wright Pops Up on the Market in New York for $1.5M

Published: October 26, 2022 | By: American Luxury Staff

Following examples designed by the architect in Wisconsin and the Bay Area of California, a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian in New York appeared for sale this year. The property, known as the Socrates Zaferiou House, was completed around 1960, and contains four bedrooms and three baths in its 2,619 sq. ft.

The house’s location is spectacular for the forest-amenable; 2.5 acres near the Hudson River and across from Tarrytown. It is situated within Clausland Mountain State Park, which adds over 500 acres of woodland to the property’s buffer space.

The home’s exterior details include a carport, flat roof, and strong ornamental horizontal lines that emphasize its design. Inside the home, details common to Frank Lloyd Wright residential interiors include wood paneling, half-vaults, and earth tones. A long hallway between public and private spaces is the primary evocation of space and continuation, while the fireplace in the living room has the grand, open spirit Wright frequently employed when designing this primary source of domestic comfort.

The grounds are given over to lawn and forest, allowing the house to fully occupy its landscape without distraction.More infoFor more information, contact Richard Ellis and Brandon Wagner of Ellis Sotheby’s Intl Realty

Fabulous Foyers: 4 Homes With Eye-Catching Entrances

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Fifth Avenue Sophistication

Nikki Field | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Comprising two elegant floors overlooking Central Park, this stylish residence was recently renovated and is in impeccable condition. Its nearly 5,000-square-foot floor plan offers five bedrooms, formal living and dining rooms, a chef’s kitchen, a media room, and a library—all introduced by a foyer modeled after a 16th-century Venetian palazzo. It is a perfect preface to the home’s distinctive design with its striking Carrara marble floors, custom chandelier by Lindsey Adelman, Venetian plaster walls, and gracefully curving staircase.

Distinguished Greenwich Retreat

Joseph Barbieri | Sotheby’s International Realty – Greenwich Brokerage

At the end of a long winding driveway, this august estate enjoys the peaceful privacy of parklike grounds with a pool and adjoining conservation land. A grand double-height foyer with a regal light fixture, stately columns, and a sweeping stairway is a fittingly elegant introduction to a floor plan that includes a billiards room, a solarium, a wood-paneled library, a kitchen and breakfast room, a butler’s pantry, a family room, a screened-in porch, seven bedrooms, a playroom and gym, and a recreation room.

Mediterranean Style in Seminole Landing

Frances Peter | Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage

This Mediterranean-inspired residence in the exclusive community of Seminole Landing spans some 12,470 square feet and enjoys picturesque views. Highlights include six bedrooms, a billiards room and bar, a theater, a wine room, an eat-in kitchen with a family room, a four-car garage, a screened-in patio with a built-in grill, a refreshing pool and spa, and a private dock with a lift. The grandeur begins in a foyer with inlaid stone flooring, striking arched double doors, and a graceful stairway with an ornate iron railing.

Chic Cow Hollow Oasis

Janet Feinberg Schindler | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

On a desirable block in Cow Hollow, this six-bedroom Edwardian home is replete with lovely architectural details, fine finishes, natural light, and views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz, and the bay. The versatile floor plan begins with a spacious foyer featuring hardwood floors and a striking ceiling; it flows effortlessly to the formal living and dining spaces and offers access to the upper-level private quarters via a classical staircase. A colorful garden and a two-car garage are welcome extras.

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Glamourous Glass: 4 Homes With Lovely Stained-Glass Windows

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Enchanting Edwardian

Wendy Storch | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

On a peaceful block in Noe Valley, this delightful multilevel Edwardian home features a living room, a dining room, a family room, a custom eat-in kitchen, two bedrooms—including a primary suite with a deck overlooking the backyard garden—and an in-law suite with a kitchen and bath. Dating to 1913, it has been thoughtfully updated yet retains lovely period detail, from inlaid hardwood flooring, coved ceilings, two fireplaces, and a built-in buffet hutch to artisanal stained glass.

Inviting Midcentury Aerie

Mary Lou Castellanos | Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

On a cul-de-sac where Russian Hill meets North Beach, this two-level midcentury modern condominium home was recently carefully updated. Highlights include three bedrooms, an open living and dining room with skyline and bay views, a sunroom that would make an ideal office or media room, a wraparound rooftop terrace, a backyard garden, and an inviting kitchen with porcelain countertops, top-of-the-line appliances, and an original stained-glass window. Residents benefit from parking, storage space, and an elevator.

Upper East Side Elegance

Nikki Field | Sotheby’s International Realty – East Side Manhattan Brokerage

Uniting prewar details with modern conveniences, this classic residence at a coveted address between Fifth and Madison Avenues features a formal dining room with a one-of-a-kind Bastien Carré LED light sculpture, a windowed chef’s kitchen, and two bedrooms. The pièce de resistance is a living room with 16-foot ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace with an antique mantle, Marmorino plaster walls, specialty Lutron lighting, and 10 carefully restored 17th-century Swiss armorial stained-glass panels.

Mediterranean-Style Oasis

John Galich | Sotheby’s International Realty – Beverly Hills Brokerage

Surrounded by private gardens, picturesque courtyards, multiple fountains, lush plantings, and a secluded pool terrace with an outdoor fireplace, this three-bedroom 1928 villa in a desirable neighborhood combines beautiful vintage details with chicly updated spaces, including the kitchen and baths. Every room on the main level opens to the beguiling grounds. Among the eye-catching period elements are deeply hued hardwood floors, trussed ceiling beams, colorful tile, wrought ironwork, and stained-glass windows that highlight soaring ceilings.

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Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany List Penthouse Loft in Manhattan for Reduced $10.8M

Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany List Penthouse Loft in Manhattan for Reduced $10.8M

Published: October 19, 2022 | By: American Luxury Staff

The co-op penthouse unit of Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany hit the market in Manhattan earlier this year with a $12 million ask. The remarkable Tribeca residence, which contains four bedrooms and three baths, is now available for $10.8 million after a 10% price reduction.

Perhaps most aptly representative of the living style of this duplex property is the kitchen, where primary colors coalesce with exposed ductwork and an angular ceiling break that injects the space with an intense sense of liberation; raising the roof, as it were, with a large, multi-pane clerestory assembly and an upper-level overlook in the bargain; a delicious snippet of the library’s wall of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves can be glimpsed from the space as well.

Other treats on display in this refined loft include the master bath—which works a casement with wooden blinds into a monastically pared down design with a freestanding soaking tub—and the delicious views of the Hudson on display from the wide-open living room. The terrace is a tale all by itself, of course, a landscaped rooftop spot that includes a lounge with a sofa beneath a steel pergola.

The building dates to the 1860s, and features a red brick exterior. At one time used as a spice warehouse, it was converted to a co-op residence in 1984. It contains fourteen units across its eight levels.More infoFor more information, contact Debbie Korb of Sotheby’s International Realty

Leah Remini’s L.A. Home Flies Off the Market at $13M

Leah Remini’s L.A. Home Flies Off the Market at $13M

Published: October 15, 2022 | By: American Luxury Staff

The Studio City home of actress Leah Remini hit the market recently; the private enclave is tagged at $12.995 million.

The home is a 2001-built contemporary villa with six bedrooms and nine baths across 10,326 sq. ft. of interior living area. Its living style emerges from a mix of off-white and beige tones, contrasted dark-finished glossy plank floors, and indoor/outdoor spaces. Its accommodations peak with a large master; the layout features a private sitting room and dual closets and baths.

The lot measures in at 1.58 acres, an extravagant amount of space that allows for a romantically long driveway and the secluded feel that emerges from layered landscaping, with a pool and elevated spa, detached studio, and views of the San Gabriel Mountains all featured within.

Remini currently hosts Game Show Network’s People Puzzler.More infoFor more information, contact Anthony Paradise and Sophia Germano of Sotheby’s International Realty

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Frank Sinatra’s Farralone Estate in L.A. Up for Grabs for $12.8M

Frank Sinatra’s Farralone Estate in L.A. Up for Grabs for $12.8M

Published: October 11, 2022 | By: American Luxury Staff

Farralone, the Los Angeles estate that seminal jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra called home for years, relisted on the open market this autumn.

The historically significant property is currently asking $12.795 million, although its pricing history is something of a wild ride, likely due to the inclusion or exclusion of additional acreage. Back in 2018, Farralone was put up for sale tagged at $12.5 million; a little over a year ago it appeared for sale with a $21.5 million ask. According to public records, it last sold in 1999, when it closed at $1.5 million.

The house at Farralone was completed around 1950. It contains six bedrooms and eight baths across its 6,166 sq. ft. of interior living area. Its front doors are presently canary yellow, the use of vibrant color striking against the almost ethereal white treatment and abundant glass of the indoor spaces. Amenities include a 50-foot pool, while materials used in the home include terrazzo and honey-toned hardwood. A long arcade — a classical twist through a modernist lens — is among the property’s more remarkable features of William Pereira’s architectural vision.

The 7.97 acres of grounds offered in the sale is a prime feature, of course. All that space allowed for the languidly romantic driveway, which measures nearly two-thirds of a mile, to act as a preamble to arrival at the mansion. The property is situated on a hilltop that offers stunning panoramic views of the Chatsworth Nature Preserve, Los Angeles, and the ocean; Farralone is also known as Byrdview.

The property has frequently been used as a filming location over the years; its purebred midcentury modern style made it an ideal residential enhancement for the Mad Men universe, but it also made appearances in many feature films, including mid-2000s musical Dreamgirls.

Sinatra has sold over 150 million records worldwide. His first No. 1 hit is 1940’s “I’ll Never Smile Again,” which sold 900,000 copies. It is, incidentally, the first No. 1 hit on the Billboard chart.More infoFor more information, contact Anthony Giordano of Compass and Barrie Livingstone of Sotheby’s International Realty