Developer Bosoni renting 170 East End Avenue condo out for $70,000

Also available: Newly minted Goldman Sachs partner is selling his 22-foot-wide Brooklyn Heights townhouse for $5.5 million
By Candace Taylor | December 07, 2010 06:28PM

From left: the condominium at 170 East End Avenue and the Brooklyn Heights townhouse

Real estate developer Alexandre Bosoni and his wife, Maria, are asking $70,000 per month to rent their penthouse at newly constructed condominium 170 East End Avenue, formerly Doctors’ Hospital.

The Parisian couple paid $11.8 million in 2009 to buy the nine-room spread from the sponsor, according to city records. The listing broker, Andrea Wohl Lucas of the Corcoran Group, said the couple intended to live in the five-bedroom unit and meticulously decorated it with help from French designer Christophe Delcourt, but then decided to return to Paris.

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Delcourt is known for his furniture design, and the pieces in the apartment were custom-made for the 4,900-square-foot space, Lucas said. The 19th-floor spread is being offered for rent with those furnishings in place, she said, including a Venetian glass chandelier that hangs over the dining room table.

“It’s truly a very special apartment,” she said, noting that there are “gorgeous river views” from the master bedroom, living room, dining room and media room. Ceilings are roughly 11 feet high, she said, and there are three terraces: one off the breakfast room, one off the living room and one off the library.

The 19th-floor unit at 170 East End Avenue

The owners aren’t interested in selling the unit at this point, Lucas said, though they may be at a later date. They also own a studio in the Peter Marino-designed building, but that unit is not on the market, Lucas said.

They likely have good reason to delay selling. Another penthouse at the building changed hands in June for $11.2 million — a 19.4 percent discount from its asking price of $13.9 million, according to

Daniel Shefter, a newly minted partner at Goldman Sachs, is selling his 22-foot-wide Brooklyn Heights townhouse.

Shefter and his wife, Lucyna, put their house at 26 Garden Place on the market last week for $5.5 million. City records show they purchased it in 2007 for $4.9 million.

Alain Azaria and Deborah Ehrenberg of Brooklyn-based Dalazar Private Real Estate have the listing. Azaria said the owners, who have school-age children, have moved to Scarsdale. The house is currently rented, but the tenant has agreed to move out early if the house is sold, Azaria said.

A customized closet at 26 Garden Place

Shefter, who has a JD-MBA from Columbia University, previously worked as a tax associate at the law firm Skadden Arps, according to the business website Business Insider. Known for his ability to design complex securities, he was named a managing director at Goldman in 2002.

The neoclassical townhouse is on an “exclusive block” mostly occupied by people in the financial services industry, Azaria said.

Built in 1899, the 4,500-square-foot home still has its original moldings, along with four wood-burning fireplaces. But it’s been extensively renovated, with a new roof, kitchen and electrical system, and a floor-heating system to prevent freezing cold feet on winter mornings, Azaria said. The 420-square foot garden in back has new blue-stone and brickwork.

And in a finishing touch that could drive most New Yorkers mad with envy: there are “extensive custom-storage units,” Azaria said, including “entire rooms that have been converted into closet spaces.”

The current owners never got around to adding a roof deck or wine cellar, but those are both options for potential buyers, he said.