BUYER: Sean Parker
LOCATION: New York City, NY
SIZE: more than 6,000 square feet
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: One of the latest real estate trends in Manhattan, at least for those with the finances to indulge such pricey desires, is to acquire and combine two and even three contiguous townhouses in to one urban megamansion. Madonna lives in a triple-wide townhouse on the Upper East Side scooped up in 2009 for $32 million; Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick recently shelled out $34.5 million for side-by-side turn-of-the-century Greenwich Village townhouses that together measure nearly 14,000 square feet and will surely cost several more million dollars to combine; Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich was granted permission to combine three Upper East Side townhouses he bought for a total of $78 million in to one 18,000-square-foot residence with an indoor swimming pool; And, as was first revealed by the plugged in property gossip at the New York Post, billionaire Napster founder and Facebook founding president Sean Parker paid an as-yet unrecorded amount in an off-market deal for a 21-foot wide Anglo-Italianate townhouse next door to two townhouses he already owns on a prime, tree-lined block in Greenwich Village.
The first of Mister Parker’s trio of townhouses, a turn-of-the 20th-century Beaux Arts style carriage house of more than 6,000-square-feet with an enviable private single-car garage, was purchased in late 2010 for $22 million from vermouth booze heir Enrico Marone Cinzano and in May of this year (2016) the 36-year-old digital media mogul and his wife, a former model he married in 2013 in an extravagant $10 million Medieval-themed ceremony, paid $16.5 million in another off-market deal for the 6,000-plus square foot townhouse next door. His latest townhouse acquisition, built in 1856 for a prominent New York banker and later occupied by Edward Godkin, founder of the progressive news magazine “The Nation,” was sold to a developer in early 2015 for $14 million and was in the process of being expensively converted from a four-unit apartment house to a deluxely outfitted single-family residence when Mister Parker came along and scooped it up in a third off-market deal.
The oft-bearded tech tycoon, whose net worth is pushing up on $2.5 billion according to the bean counters at Forbes, is certainly no stranger to high maintenance trophy homes or the property gossip columns on both coasts. In Los Angeles’s prodigiously prosperous Holmby Hills neighborhood he owns a spectacularly preserved and conscientiously updated A. Quincy Jones-designed mansion known as Brody House after it’s first owners, contemporary art collecting philanthropists Sidney and Frances Lasker Brody, and that he bought over the summer of 2014 for $55 million from house-flipping chat show host Ellen DeGeneres and her actress wife Portia de Rossi.