UWS townhouse asking for $ 30 million is said to be the most expensive in the neighborhood


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From left to right: Ileana Lopez-Balboa from Corcoran and Charlie Attias from Compass in front of 248 Central Park West (Corcoran, Compass, StreetEasy)

The buyer of a historic Upper West Side home may soon own the most expensive townhouse in the neighborhood.

A townhouse at 248 Central Park West asking for $ 30 million was closed this week, by Compass. If the sale goes through, that would make the property the most expensive townhouse sold on the Upper West Side, according to valuation firm Miller Samuel.

The last time the home attempted to sell for that price was in 2018, when Michael Sieger, a brokerage firm with Sotheby’s International Realty, attempted to market the home for $ 29 million, The New York Times reported. The home was taken down and put back on the market, ultimately selling for $ 16.25 million in 2019, according to property records.

Two years and an ongoing pandemic later, the housing market has changed – and so has the house. The newly renovated home was listed by Corcoran in mid-September for $ 30 million. Less than three months later, a buyer was ready to sign the fine print.

Charlie Attias of Compass, who represented the anonymous buyer, said the sale was proof that the Upper West Side “is a pretty healthy market.” He postulated that the deal would set a neighborhood benchmark that would boost more broken records in the future.

Covering nearly 10,000 square feet, the six-story home has six bedrooms, though the layout can be reconfigured to accommodate up to eight. It has seven full baths and two half baths, as well as a 1,875 square foot wellness center with a heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and hydrotherapy steam shower and massage.

The house has undergone extensive renovations over the past two years, using environmentally friendly and non-toxic materials. Other features include a virtual doorman, a new security system and a dehumidification system.

The house is one of the last three single-family homes on the avenue and was built by developer William Noble in 1887. Throughout its 134-year history were the parents of Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant , who visited the wealthy colonel who owned the house in the years following the Civil War.

Ileana Lopez-Balboa of Corcoran represented the vendor. Corcoran declined to comment for this story.

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