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Johnson & Johnson heiress wants $55M for UES mansion

Libet Johnson bought property for $48M in 2011

April 28, 2016 02:00PM
By Katherine Clarke

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16 East 69th Street on the Upper East Side

Johnson & Johnson heiress Libet Johnson is officially listing her Upper East Side mansion for $55 million, or $4,541 per square foot, after years of quietly shopping it around.

Johnson has owned the house since 2011, when she bought it from Beauty.com founder Roger Barnett and another heiress, George Lindemann’s daughter Sloan Lindemann Barnett, for $48 million.

John Burger of Brown Harris Stevens has the listing. He wasn’t immediately available for comment.

16 East 69th Street Upper East Side

16 East 69th Street on the Upper East Side

The 33-foot-wide, five-story Neo-Georgian mansion, located at 16 East 69th Street, was once owned by Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt, wife of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who lived there at the turn of the century. It was built in 1881 and recently renovated by interiors guru Peter Marino.

“It is an architecturally wonderful and immensely charming house with tremendous curbside appeal,” according to the listing.

The seven-bedroom, 12,100-square-foot home has lots of period details, including its original moldings and five wood-burning fireplaces. There’s also a gym, a sauna and steam room, a hair salon, a rooftop terrace and a staff apartment.

16 East 69th Street Upper East Side

16 East 69th Street on the Upper East Side

The basement has been converted into a small nightclub-style space by designer Colin Cowie and includes a full bar and wine storage, the listing says.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Johnson was selling, but the shampoo heiress has reportedly been looking to unload the property on and off since 2012.

She’s currently locked in a custody battle with her ex-boyfriend Dr. Lionel Bissoon, the father of her son William.

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