The new mansion will make it absolutely the largest single-family home in Manhattan
Plans for a new mansion set off by a series of purchases by a Russian billionaire of brownstone townhouses all next door from one another have created a real estate frenzy. The townhouses all located on East 75th Street will join together to form an historic mega-mansion of 31,500 square feet. The new mansion will make it absolutely the largest single-family home in Manhattan.
A close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian-Israeli billionaire Roman Abramovich started purchasing the homes that are located between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue in 2014.
The total cost of completing the project which includes the initial purchases of the homes and the renovation plans will likely come to $190 million.
Back in September, Mr. Abramovich, who also owns England’s Chelsea Football Club, transferred the combined properties a 9, 11 and 13 East 75th Street to his former wife, Dasha Zhukova, 37, for $74 million. A fourth townhouse, located at 15 East 75th Street was also transferred but is no longer part of the plans for the mega mansion.
Initially, Abramovich paid $18 million for 9 East 75th Street; then both 11 East 75th Street for $29.7 million and 13 East 75th Street for $30 million. Lastly, he shelled out $18.3 million for the last property, 15 East 75th Street.
Steven Wang of New York is the architect of the new building which will become a six-story home and whose design was approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in November of 2017. It will feature 12 bathrooms as well as an indoor/outdoor pool; a sculpture garden and an art gallery atrium fitting with Ms. Zhukova who is a lover of paintings and sculptures as well as a dealer.
The new mansion will be supersized and be larger than Gracie Mansion, the governor’s official home in Albany as well as Michael Jackson’s estate and that of Prince whose Paisley Park is located near Minneapolis.
Other aspects of the opulent home included incredibly wide 17-foot stairs, a towering, four-story glass panel in the back made out of “curtain-wall glass,” with bronze metalwork locking it together, overlooking a 30-foot-deep Japanese-style rock garden. The glass being utilized is normally used in the construction of skyscrapers.
The sixth floor will consist of a roof garden and outdoor dining area. Plans also included an indoor and outdoor swimming pool as well as a sauna, two elevators, and a wine cellar.
Despite the modern look, “New York residential design hasn’t seen this kind of luxury since the old, sprawling family mansions of Andrew Carnegie and Otto Kahn,” Sasha Josipovic the editor of “Objekt” a design and architecture magazine said.
The fourth floor of the mansion will consist of 4,500 feet of space to be used as a master bedroom with five walk-in closets. Two other features are a large “working study” room and a “flexible room.”
The fifth floor features four other bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and two studies and playrooms.
All three addresses 9, 11 and 13 East 75th are located in the Upper East Side Historic District with address 13 having the distinction of being a Queen Anne-style row house built roughly between 1887 and 1889 and designed by William Mowbray.
However the feel of the block with the new, modern design will give a completely different feel to the street once constructed and though the ambitions for the mansion are throwback, the design certainly is not.
By: Kevin O’Shea
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