SELLER: Nat Rothschild
LOCATION: New York City, N.Y.
PRICE: $17.5 million
SIZE: (approx.) 5,000 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: As was first revealed by the eagle-eyed kids at Curbed, immensely rich British-born banking scion Nat Rothschild has his downtown New York City bachelor pad townhouse up for sale with an asking price of $17.5 million. Property records this property gossips peeped show the fortunately born financier and globe-trotting bon vivant, often reported to live or at least stay part time in the swanky Swiss ski resort of Klosters, acquired the turn-of-the-20th-century townhouse on a plum, tree-lined West Village block in June 2000 for about $5,575,000. (NOTE: In an earlier version we reported that the property records database we searched listed the sale price at $557,500. However, as was thoughtfully pointed out by mathematically inclined informant, the transfer taxes recorded in publicly accessible deeds and documents suggest the recorded sale price of just over half a million clams is missing a zero at the end.)
Online marketing materials and other online resources reveal Mister Rothschild had the 20-foot wide and five-story tall townhouse did up and fully customized at great expense over a five-year period by accomplished English architect David Chipperfield with crisply tailored and luxuriously understated interiors by London-based designer-decorator David Mlinaric. The small and shady but sumptuous rear garden was worked over by landscape designer Miranda Brooks.
The red-brick Italianate street façade was preserved and painstakingly restored while the interiors of the approximately 5,000-square-foot structure were gutted and fearlessly reimagined as a vertical loft space with all but door-less interconnected living spaces and just two proper bedrooms, a full-floor master suite on the fourth floor and a cell-sized bedroom with attached bathroom and suitcase-sized closet on the garden level. We counted 2.5 bathrooms on the floor plan, a paltry figure that means Mister Rothschild and his guests will likely have to climb stairs and/or tramp through one or another of the bedrooms to access a toilet when duty calls.
As was pointed out by the Curbed kids, it was revealed in a 2003 profile in Men’s Vogue that Mister Rothschild had to be convinced by his architect to install a kitchen; Apparently he planned to carry in or order out every meal. A moodily lit and practically all stainless steel catering-capable kitchen was installed in the windowless basement along with a powder room, a laundry closet, a wee office and an impressive, 20-plus-foot long wall of glass-fronted, back-lit and temperature controlled floor-to-ceiling wine storage cabinets that hold nearly 700 bottles. (Sliding panels just off the garden level dining room open to a slightly more convenient service kitchen/wet bar.)
In addition to the roomy dining room that opens to the rear garden though a bank of glass doors, there are three additional and casually svelte lounging and entertainment spaces on the upper floors that include a parlor level living room and a combination den/library on the third floor with jewel-toned furnishings and extraordinary stretches of book-filled floating shelves that extend from the ebony wide plank wood floors to the decadently chatoyant ceiling.
Mister Rothshild’s townhouse is just a few doors down from another townhouse that was owned for about three decades by Robert De Niro, who sold it to an investor in June 2012 for $9.5 million. Just in case any of the children are curious, the investor, whose identity is shielded by an LLC, sold the townhouse two years later for $12 million to another mysterious person or group whose identity is also hidden behind an inscrutable LLC. But we digress…
That Mister Rothschild would opt to dump his sophisticated and photogenic Manhattan residence doesn’t come as such a surprise to Your Mama given that several sources, including the inestimable real estate yenta Yolanda Yakkettyyak, have told us Mister Rothschild nowadays spends more time on the Left Coast where it is he — and not Banksy, as was originally rumored — who is the actual and much whispered about new owner of the legendary and legendarily idiosyncratic Wolf’s Lair compound set high above the Hollywood Reservoir that architecture appreciating musician Moby sold off for $12.4 million late last year in a hush-hush off-market deal.
Listing photos: Douglas Elliman