New York City’s biggest townhouse sale this year wasn’t Jeffrey Epstein’s former Upper East Side mansion. It was an office building turned single-family home two blocks away.
Real-estate investor David Levinson, chairman and CEO of L&L Holding, has closed on the sale of his Upper East Side row house at 11 East 69th Street for $53.5 million, according to newly released property records. The contract signing was reported in March, pegged at “over $50 million” by the New York Post.
Epstein’s former mansion had been the priciest townhouse sale of 2021, according to appraiser Jonathan Miller, who authors a sales report for Douglas Elliman. The 28,000-square-foot home went for $51 million in March to a former Goldman Sachs executive.
Both sales could be overtaken if a reported deal for Vince Viola’s townhouse at 12 East 69th Street closes. It reportedly was in contract for about $60 million.
Levinson purchased the six-story property across the street in 2004 for $9.5 million when it was an office building for the nonprofit organization American Friends of the Hebrew University. He spent $20 million renovating it over two years, converting it to a single-family home, according to a source.
The 18,000-square-foot, 32-foot-wide limestone has six bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, according to the source.
Amenities include a library, garden, rooftop terrace, media room, office, gym, two elevators and a solarium on the roof, the source explained.
The exclusive listing was an off-market deal. Broker Adam Modlin represented the Levinsons and the buyer, which was previously reported to be a New York-based family. Modlin declined to comment.