Clinton Hill manse asks record $4.88M: PHOTOS

If sold at that price, the home would be the nabe’s most expensive sale – by more than $1M
By Guelda Voien | May 23, 2013 06:30PM

It’s a trophy property if there ever was one. A stately mansion hit the market in the Clinton Hill area asking a whopping $4.88 million — a record, according to StreetEasy. Despite the home’s relative grandeur, the most eye-catching detail in the listing photos is a stack of the current owner’s trophies (no, not the recently-dead kind, the sort you win at youth soccer tournaments) piled in the library.

Notwithstanding the less-than-sleek feel of the listing photos, the sale would be the neighborhood’s priciest by more than $1 million if the sellers get their full asking price, according to a review of StreetEasy sales.

The home, built at 407 Vanderbilt Avenue in 2006 and modeled after a carriage house, is one of “only a handful” of new construction homes ever green-lit by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in a protected area, a representative for Douglas Elliman, which has the exclusive listing, told The Real Deal. The house intones the historic homes in the area, many of which date to the 1880s, the listing and previous coverage shows.

The most expensive single-family home to sell in the neighborhood so far was nearby 380 Clinton Avenue, which sold for $3.8 million in 2011, according to city records.

The Vanderbilt property is also by far the most expensive ever listed in Clinton Hill.

A Michael Bunton took title of the property, which was the Wall Street Journal’s “House of the day” yesterday, for $10 in 2001, according to city records.

Bunton spent about $1.5 million building the quasi-historic mansion, which the Journal called “an homage” to local buildings.

In 2007, the approximately 6,600-square-foot home hit the market asking $3.5 million, marketed by the Corcoran Group, according to reports. But no sale ever took place, per city records.

Now, Arina Yakobi of Elliman is marketing the four-story, three-bedroom, three-and-two-half-bathroom home, which boasts a media room, a garden, a heated garage, radiant heated floors and, for those for whom size matters, a width of 27 feet.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story listed the square footage and the number of bedrooms incorrectly. The errors were due to factual inaccuracies in the listing and in previous reports.