The Real Deal New York

Overhauled UES townhouse relisted with Dolly Lenz

May 31, 2012 06:00PM
By Guelda Voien

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From left: the exterior and interior of 120 East 71st Street and Dolly Lenz, a broker with Prudential Douglas Elliman

An Upper East Side townhouse that underwent a dramatic renovation four years ago has been re-listed with Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Dolly Lenz — and gotten a nearly $2-million price chop, according to Streeteasy.com.

The five-bedroom, five-bath home at 120 East 71st Street first hit the market about seven months ago with Jed Garfield and Matthew Pravda of Leslie J. Garfield Real Estate, with an asking price of $18.9 million. But the house has been relisted at $17.25 million with Lenz, Elliman’s top agent for the last eight years.

The five-story building is known as the Mayflower House, because lineage group the General Society of Mayflower Descendants once used it for meetings, according to the listing.

The mansion was last purchased by an entity described only as Savyon Gimel LLC in 2008 for $5.6 million, city records show, after which it underwent an extensive renovation where it was outfitted with “every possible modern amenity,” according to published reports. Negotiations with the Landmarks Preservation Commission were tense, reports at the time indicated, and centered on the size of the stoop for the home, which is located between Park and Lexington avenues.

In the end, the owners got the go-ahead, and installed, among other things, marble fireplaces, a new elevator, a new limestone exterior and wine storage for over 1000 bottles, according to the listing and previous reports.

Neither Lenz nor representatives for Leslie J. Garfield Real Estate were immediately available for comment.

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