Here’s the following explosive chapter within the saga of “Dr. Boom’s” infamous Upper East Side mansion.
Gimme can now solely reveal that Marcus Lemonis — the 47-year-old serial entrepreneur and TV host of “The Profit” — and his spouse — 68-year-old businesswoman Roberta “Bobbi” Raffel — are the thriller patrons behind an $18 million deal for 34 E. 62nd St.
It’s the ultra-historic townhouse the place in 2006 suicidal physician, Nicholas Bartha, blew up the splendid unfold — with himself inside — to stop his ex-wife from nabbing a $4 million divorce settlement. The Post dubbed him “Dr. Boom” on the time.
The house was since rebuilt and Lemonis bought it for a steal, as the stately residence requested $32.5 million in 2017, with a final asking value of $19.75 million. Lemonis couldn’t be reached for remark at press time. His dealer, Adam Modlin, of The Modlin Group, declined to remark. Douglas Elliman’s Roger Erickson was the itemizing dealer.
Lemonis is now the most recent in a protracted line of charming figures to relaxation their heads at this storied deal with. In truth, the historical past is so ripe that we hear legendary author Gay Talese is penning a brand new work on the house.
In 1926, super-rich spy Vincent Astor lived right here — his dad, John Jacob Astor, constructed the St. Regis Hotel, then died on the Titanic. During World War II, he based a spy membership identified as “The Room” on the house the place his rich ruling class buddies, together with Kermit Roosevelt and Nelson Doubleday, would meet to debate state secrets and techniques.
After the not-so-good physician shell-shocked the neighborhood, it was bought by Janna Bullock a jet setting Russian-born girl accused of funding her actual property empire — which as soon as stretched from the French Alps to London, the Hamptons and the Upper East Side — with pilfered Russian state funds (accusations she denies). She offered the townhouse for $11.95 million in 2015.
The present house constructed on the 20-foot-wide property is a 9,200-square-foot steel-and-concrete behemoth that comes with a French limestone façade and a slate mansard roof. It’s at the moment “a white box,” which implies that the brand new homeowners can have a clean slate to build their dream house throughout 5 flooring plus a basement. The house was designed by architect Henry Jessup, constructed by Steve Mark, and authorised by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.