A elaborate Upper East Side townhouse constructed on the ashes of a former property that went up in smoke after a suicidal physician blew himself up there has entered contract.
The residence, at 34 E. 62nd St., was final asking $19.75 million — down from its unique $32.5 million asking worth in 2017.
The contract was first revealed within the Olshan Report.
The posh handle has fairly the historical past, and is reportedly the subject of a brand new guide that the legendary author Gay Talese is engaged on.
In 1926, a rich spy named Vincent Astor lived within the townhouse and based a spy membership there referred to as “The Room,” the place he’d collect with friends like Kermit Roosevelt and Nelson Doubleday.
Vincent’s father, John Jacob Astor, constructed the St. Regis Hotel, which turned spy central throughout World War II, before he died on the Titanic.
But there was newer tragedy. In 2006, a health care provider named Nicholas Bartha took his personal life there after reportedly tampering with the gasoline line and fueling an explosion — with him inside — that took down the four-story property.
Bartha, who was dubbed “Dr. Boom” by The Post, did it as revenge to stop paying his ex-wife a $4 million divorce settlement, in keeping with studies.
Bartha purchased the townhouse with his mom for $395,000 in 1980, and remained there till 2006. After the explosion, it bought as a vacant lot in 2007 for $8.35 million.
The purchaser was Janna Bullock, a Soviet-born socialite who morphed from Brighton Beach babysitter to art-collecting actual property mogul after marrying her now ex-husband, Alexey Kuznetsov, a former deputy finance minister of the Moscow area.
At one level, their actual property empire stretched from Russia to France, England, New York City and the Hamptons. Bullock bought the townhouse for $11.95 million in 2015. (Two years earlier, in 2013, Kuznetsov was arrested in St. Tropez, at Russia’s request, and served 4 years in a French jail preventing extradition till he was launched on attraction. Russia additionally charged Bullock with fraud for allegedly embezzling $200 million and sentenced her in absentia to 11 years in jail — she maintains her innocence.)
A brand new residence constructed on the 20-foot-wide property, a 9,200-square-foot, steel-and-concrete behemoth, comes with a French limestone facade and a slate mansard roof. Inside, there are 5 bedrooms, 6½ bogs — and a variety of uncooked house for the brand new house owners to create their very own actuality throughout 5 flooring plus a basement.
The residence was designed by architect Henry Jessup, constructed by Steve Mark, and accepted by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
It is at present arrange as a uncooked house however “staged to read as a finished townhouse so people could be emotionally attached and see what it would look like,” mentioned itemizing dealer Roger Erickson of Douglas Elliman. “Everyone wants to do their own thing, but this gives them an idea of what can be done.”
The purchaser, we hear, is an American household relocating to town.