Celebrity chef and international restaurateur Bobby Flay, host and exec producer of reality TV cooking competition “Beat Bobby Flay,” has had a tough time selling off a luxury duplex condo in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. But rather than going the customary route of a price reduction to entice potential buyers, he raised the asking price from $7 million to $7.25 million.
The duplex condo, in the same building where Katie Holmes holed up after she split from Tom Cruise, is a combination of two units, the first acquired in September 2000 for $815,000, and the second in early 2005 for $1.5 million. Together, they measure in at a bit more than 3,200 square feet with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The lower level offers a foyer with custom switchback staircase, a combination living and dining room with a full wall of floor-to-ceiling bookcases and an open-plan kitchen cleverly designed to keep work areas out of view of the living and dining area. There’s an oversize walk-in pantry tucked up under the stairs, and just off the kitchen, behind a wall of steel-trimmed casement windows, an office is lined along three walls with built-in desks and bookshelves. There’s one bedroom and a bathroom downstairs; upstairs, along with a 27-foot-long family/media room with zinc-topped built-in bar, there’s another guest bedroom and bathroom plus a master suite with two walk-in closets and an en suite marble bathroom.
Property records indicate Flay continues to own a one-bedroom and one-bathroom, Hudson River-view apartment in a Trump-branded building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan purchased in 2008 for $1.45 million, as well as a nearly three-acre estate secreted down a private lane in a thickly wooded area of East Hampton, N.Y., picked up over the summer of 2009 for just about $1.5 million.
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listing photos and floor plan: Triplemint