Location: Manhattan, 5 East 64th Street, New York, 10065 United States
Property Type: Townhouse
Year Built: 1950
Price: $60,000,000 on Sotheby’s
Impeccably curated by the previous proprietor, the legendary fashion icon Gianni Versace, and painstakingly restored by the current owners, this magnificent Italian Baroque residence presents a unique opportunity to experience life akin to fashion royalty and possess a remarkable piece of both real estate and fashion history.
Exquisitely crafted, this grand architectural marvel boasts 17 lavish rooms seamlessly blending opulence and haute couture design. Nestled on a spacious lot measuring 35 feet in width and 100 feet in length, this majestic Limestone Mansion spans six floors, offering approximately 14,175 square feet of interior living space, complemented by 3,025 square feet of enchanting garden area adorned with captivating trellises. Overlooking the rear garden, a generously-proportioned balcony stretches across the entire width of the house, while a rooftop terrace crowned with a gazebo provides captivating vistas of Fifth and Madison Avenues.
In 1995, the late fashion tycoon, Gianni Versace, acquired this neoclassical edifice and meticulously redesigned its interior, infusing it with the same Italian Baroque style that frequently permeated his extravagant couture creations. The residence showcases intricate Italian marble floors, adorned ceilings and walls with painted motifs, mosaic and Austrian parquet floors, five exquisite fireplaces, and lavishly appointed bathrooms. Versace’s exceptional genius and visionary aesthetic are evident throughout the first four floors, each embodying the designer’s legendary taste. The upper two floors were remodeled in a lighter, more whimsical manner, featuring terrazzo floors with marble accents, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a game lounge replete with billiards and arcade games, and a Moroccan-inspired media room.
The entry level greets you with two separate entrances—a main entrance and a service entrance—both opening into a dramatic marble gallery, which showcases a circular sweeping staircase and an elevator. This grand reception area boasts a complex geometric motif incorporating the Greek key, a recurring theme found in the original decorative details of the house. From here, the grand reception area extends to the balcony that spans the full width of the house, offering breathtaking views of the garden. Additional features on this floor include a cloakroom, powder room, staff bedroom suite, and service stairs leading to the garden level.
The garden level beckons with a fountain-adorned reception area that leads to the breathtaking grand dining room. Its walls showcase exquisite hand-painted canvas inspired by Robert Adam’s Etruscan Room in Osterley Park. This remarkable room seamlessly connects to the most enchanting private garden oasis in all of Manhattan. Additionally, on this level, you will find a newly renovated Smallbone eat-in kitchen, a breakfast room that opens to the garden, and a conveniently located laundry room.
The third level unveils an impressive gallery that leads to the great room, featuring a painted ceiling reminiscent of the Sistine Chapel. Versace sourced restored 19th-century panels from a Florentine palazzo, depicting Elysian scenes, to adorn this magnificent space. Adjacent to the great room is a library/home office with a fireplace, along with an opulent dressing room and a marble bathroom adorned with gold moldings.