STATEN ISLAND, NY — Got $70 million and an obsession with fashion royalty? You might want to check out one of Sotheby’s latest real estate offerings. Palatial and grand, located on a quiet portion of East 64th Street and featuring 17 luxe rooms and a trellised garden, the meticulously restored Italian Baroque NYC manse is both opulent and spacious.
Is it original owner? Fashion legend Gianni Versace.
Originally built in 1950 and situated on a 35-by-100-foot lot, the stately limestone mansion overlooks Fifth and Madison, offers more than 14,000 square feet of interior space across its six floors, and still contains many of the designer’s elaborate furnishings. Versace, the late fashion tycoon, purchased the neoclassical building in 1995 and fully redesigned the interior to resemble his couture runway fashions — making the property completely over-the-top.
There’s intricate Italian marble floors, painted ceilings and walls, mosaic tiles and Austrian parquet, plus five fireplaces, and several golden baths. Versace’s genius and vision is revealed over the first four floors, Sotheby’s notes in the listing, each permeating with the designer’s legendary taste of her. The upper two floors were redesigned in a lighter, more whimsical manner by the home’s most recent owners.
“These levels include terrazzo floorings with marble inserts, four bedrooms, two baths, a game lounge with billiards and arcade games and a Moroccan-style media room,” the listing says.
Upon entry, potential buyers will find a dramatic marble gallery showing a circular sweeping staircase and elevator. This grand reception area features a complex geometric motif incorporating the Greek key — a theme that resonates throughout the original decorative details in the house. A cloakroom, powder room, staff bedroom suite and service stairs to the garden level complete this floor.
Highlights of the home include a fountain, grand dining room, a private garden oasis and a great room with a painted ceiling reminiscent of the Sistine Chapel. Here Versace restored several 19th century panels sourced from a Florentine palazzo.
In total there are seven bedrooms and 10 baths (seven full, three partial), two kitchens, an oval sitting room flooded with light and a rooftop terrace with a gazebo overlooking the midtown skyline.The townhouse-mansion contains advanced security with cameras, multiple zoned HVAC and kaleidoscope music system throughout. The home also includes double water pumps and boilers, all powered by their own generator. All metal work throughout the home — balcony/terrace railings, exterior window grilles, interior decorative grilles — were made by sculptor Gabrielle Shelton.
Grand and historic, the listing describes the property as an “opulent home for luxurious living and magnificent entertaining.”
Interested buyers should take note: Taxes on this property add up to more than $16,000 per month. A serious consideration if you can get past the $70 million price tag first.