SELLER: Francisco Costa
LOCATION: New York City, N.Y.
PRICE: $2.3 million (last asking)
SIZE: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A covert communiqué from eagle-eyed property obsessive Polly Wannacracker let us know that Francisco Costa, the much-respected and industry-lauded creative director for women’s wear at Calvin Klein, has found a buyer for his fastidiously tailored and effortlessly photogenic apartment in New York City, last listed at $2.3 million. Property records indicate the Brazilian-born sartorialist — once upon a time Tom Ford’s assistant and now a two-time Council of Fashion Designers Award winner — purchased the high floor co-operative apartment in July 2004 for $983,500, and online resources suggest he first and unsuccessfully attempted to sell the much published two bedroom and two bathroom unit in 2011, first with an asking price of $1.989 million and later at $1.789 million.
In a fine, full-service pre-war building in the advantageously central if not particularly fashionable Murray Hill ‘hood about half a dozen blocks south of Grand Central Station, the apartment has direct views of both the Empire State Building and the Pierpont Morgan Library. The ruthlessly edited, four-room apartment, handsomely dressed in a rigorously restrained yet comfortably dulcet palette of grey and tan, features matte-finished ash blond herringbone hardwood floors; thick but minimalist moldings; bespoke heating enclosures; custom and antique door hardware; and an integrated sound system with built-in speakers.
A slender entrance hall with convenient coat closet widens generously as it leads, catwalk-like, to a remarkably commodious combination corner living/dining room that stretches grandly to 32 feet. The adjoining kitchen — which he told the New York Times a couple of years ago he’d never actually cooked in — has gratifyingly thick, flannel grey slab stone countertops on crisp, grey undertoned white lacquer Shaker-style cabinetry, a porcelain apron sink, and a full complement of high-grade appliances that include discreet, under-counter fridge and freezer. Of special note in the kitchen is the single, wall-mounted swing-out stool tucked under the window, which this property gossip thinks is just so smart and elegantly efficient that it deserves some sort of award. The second bedroom, which Mister Costas furnished as an office/den with one entire wall of floor-to-ceiling bookcases filled to the gills — this book lover is thrilled to report — with actual books, has a wee and windowless attached bathroom with glass-enclosed walk-in shower. The only somewhat larger master bedroom across the hall includes an entry vestibule, soundproofing corner windows, several closets, and a compact but sleekly sumptuous marble-tiled bathroom.
Like many New Yorkers with bank accounts big enough to do so, Mister Costa and his longtime partner, horse trainer John DeStefano, maintain a weekend home on Long Island where in 2009, per property records, they shelled out $1.45 million for a 4-plus-acre estate in the upscale but low-key hamlet of Brookhaven, about 50 miles outside of Manhattan. The genteel estate features vast lawns shaded with mature specimen trees, a swimming pool in the shape of a grand piano and a soigné 1930s red brick Georgian Colonial they stripped down to its architectural essentials, furnished in a spare and sophisticated fashion with the assistance of decorator Mark Cunningham — the same fella responsible for the refined day-core of Mister Costa’s city digs, and had photographed for the September 2014 issue of Architectural Digest.
Listing photos: Douglas Elliman