Thursday, March 8, 2012

Floor Plan Porn: Hugette Clark

They're here...official listings the floor plans for all three of Huguette Clark's apartments at 907 Fifth Avenue.

Apartment 8E has 12 rooms, faces East 72nd Street—and not Central Park, an asking price of $12,000,000, and $7,756 monthly co-operative common charges and maintenance fees according to listing information.

An almost ludicrously grand 47-plus foot long reception gallery and a discreet service corridor link the two wings of the approximately 5,000 square foot spread that includes six—six!—public rooms: entrance gallery, reception room, formal living and dining rooms, library, and small conservatory/solarium.

The floor plans shows three fireplaces (living, dining, library), two principal bedrooms, three surprisingly spacious staff rooms and a real damn dearth of bathrooms for an apartment of this magnitude and price. Our boozy eyeballs count just one shared facility in the service wing and another wedged Jack-and-Jill-style between the two bedrooms. In it's current configuration, a guest must tinkle where the staff squats or traipse through one of the bedrooms in order to wash their hands or do their dirty business.

The adjacent eight floor apartment—that would be 8W—has 10 rooms, carries a $19,000,000 price tag, and claims more than 100 precious feet of Fifth Avenue frontage with direct Central Park Views. Maintenance and common charges for the unit run $8,167 according to listing information.

The floor plan reveals a 37-plus foot long entrance gallery (with adjoining powder room and wet bar), a 400-plus square foot living room with fireplace, a library/bedroom also with fireplace plus a private bath, and an unexpectedly small formal dining room and, for an apartment this size, a positively puny kitchen.

A humongous park view master suite includes a private entry vestibule, a 400-plus square foot sitting room, three walk-in closets, two (windowed) bathrooms, and corner bedroom with corner fireplace and what appears to be a wet bar, the perfect amenity for late night and early morning tippers like Your Mama.

Staff accommodations in 8W include a double-wide bedroom with access to a hall bathroom and another usually generous at the extreme rear of the apartment with direct access to a private (and windowed) bathrooms.

Separately the 8th floor apartments are both—quirks and all—extraordinarily spacious for New York City. A combined, full-floor residence—should the board allow it—would be beyond epic and likely worth much more than the current combined asking price of $31,000,000.

Up on the twelfth floor, where Miz Clark lived in the 1920s—she eventually remodeled and moved to 8W—spreads out over 5,000 square feet with 14 rooms, has more than 100 feet of Fifth Avenue and Central Park frontage, and currently carries an asking price of $24,000,000. Monthly maintenance runs, according to listing information, $14,382.

Like both of her 8th floor apartments, 12W also has a bowling alley-like entrance gallery, a 400-plus square foot living room with fireplace, and a formal dining room (also with fireplace). The New York Times reported, "Many of the rooms were decorated in ornate Louis XVI style" and listing information states there are 11-foot ceilings, stone door surrounds, linen-fold panel doors, herringbone pattern hardwood floors, and ornate, Louis XVI-style moldings.

Two of the four rooms labeled as bedrooms on the floor plan have private (windowed) bathrooms—one bedroom with corner fireplace—and the two other bedrooms—one with fireplace and private sitting room—share a (windowed) Jack-and-Jill-type of bathroom. There's an additional sitting room off the long bedroom corridor and a small study just off the entrance gallery.

The service areas include an L-shaped pantry, kitchen, breakfast room (with service entrance) and three prison cell-sized staff bedrooms that share one (windowed) bathroom.

Now that they're out there on the open market we suspect there will be a swarm of interested parties. Anyone willing to predict how quickly (or slowly) they'll sell and at what prices?

Many thanks to all the childre—who know who you are—who sent Your Mama links to the listings and the various updated reports on the matter.

floor plans: Brown Harris Stevens

17 comments:

Doug said...

I don't know what they'll sell for but, this sentence is going to add a Hell of a lot to the final cost: Please bring your architect and your vision in order to imagine this diamond in the rough brought up to date for life in the 21st century.

Anonymous said...

Wow, these are sick. I am surprised they even needed to list them, you would think these would have had offers even some sight unseen offers.

DC Guy said...

I'm hearing that Martha Stewart is salivating over 12W (she already lives in the building) ...

Anonymous said...

According to several reports, Martha Stewart, who because she has a pied-a-terre here (on the first floor, I think), was immediately cited as an interested buyer, has serious cash flow problems and has borrowed large sums of money to maintain her life style over the past several years. It is extremely unlikely that she will be adding to her already large real estate portfolio, which includes the Bedford farm, the Edsel Ford house in Seal Harbor, the house on Lily Pond Lane in East Hampton and the approximately 30m triplex she bought for her daughter in one of the Richard Meier buildings in the West Village. She has no need for this size space in Manhattan as she likes living at the farm in Bedford and generally commutes on a daily basis into town.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous old school units. I wouldn't change a thing. I'd buy one, lock the door, and live it sit for another few decades. Let's hope Ms. Clark is enjoying some fab cocktail parties in the afterlife.

Best Business Brands said...

The Real Deal got a hold of the properties' floor plans last month and consulted an architectural historian ... Huguette Clark coverage [Curbed] ...And what does it mean for the pricing of Huguette Clark's place? One more look at the floorplan (porn?)

MamasBoy said...

I'm Breathless!

Anonymous said...

7:14 Money troubles?? In 2011 Martha was worth 638M. Granted its not oprah dough, but not shabby either. And she has the abillity to continue to earn moving forward...unlike say a certain squirrel looking former teen singing heart throb.. I am sure if she wants unit 12 she will pick up HER princess phone and make it happen.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to see pictures of the apartments with her belongings, seeing as how there is still a phone with "Butterfield 8" on it, but it sounds like that will all be gone before listing photos are taken. to see a time capsule like that would be fascinating. Of course i would recommend the sure- to-be creepy doll collection be removed, but leave the rest for us to see!

Anonymous said...

6:48 AM. I'm not talking about her supposed net worth of 638m, a figure that was used by Forbes (often way, way off in their estimates but since folks love a number they're going to keep coming up with one based on something) back in 2007 when the company's stock was around 18. Today it's in the low 4's and upper 3's. You do the calculation. You can have a significant net worth (or potential net worth if you can get your stock price back up), but not have the cash flow you need to live the life you've styled for yourself. So you borrow money in the meantime. But as we well know, you can't keep borrowing forever.
Look I'm no authority on this lady's finances, but based what i said on a recent article in New York Magazine.
I don't think she has any interest in these apartments, but if she did it didn't sound like she's in the position to buy them.

Anonymous said...

I think it's funny how much times change. It seems that in these floor plans- the kitchens are with the staff rooms, but now, kitchens are more centrally located in most apartments.

Anonymous said...

I will rub someone's corns for pictures.

lil' gay boy said...

J. E. R. Carpenter was no Candela, but certainly a peer.

I imagine that the brokers are debating whether to stage the apartments for sale, or to preserve them as-is for their historical interest (the floorplans seem to indicate little or no recent remodeling, obviously). With their price and its co-op board, it's not like they'll get a lot of lookie-loos; recent reports seem to indicate the Chinese in the lead of investing in Manhattan real estate, albeit mostly commercial properties.

The building itself is historic, as Carpenter won a lawsuit to overturn a 75 ft. height restriction on Fifth Avenue in the construction of this building, which replaced the demolished Burden mansion.

Given their "Huguette Mystique", there will no doubt be a lot of interest in the coming weeks; the best we can hope for is a buyer or buyers who will sensitively update these gems as opposed to gut renovating them.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Petra E can come in and buy the whole building and redo her massive NY pad in black & white?

Anonymous said...

11:27, Petra and others of her kind should never be allowed anywhere near properties like these. Uggh.

Anonymous said...

FYI, the brokers have got their styles mixed up. 12W is deeply gothic in style, NOT Louis XVI. There's a difference kids.

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