For just $33M, you can live in luxury on the site of a deadly gas explosion

Newly built townhouse at 34 East 62nd Street has hit the market

34 East 62nd Street (Credit: HS Jessup Architecture)
34 East 62nd Street (Credit: HS Jessup Architecture)

A new townhouse that was built following a deadly gas explosion on the Upper East Side  has hit the market for $32.5 million.

The home, located in the neighborhood’s historic district at 34 East 62nd Street between Madison and Park avenues, was built following a gas explosion in 2006 that killed 66-year-old Nicholas Bartha, an internist who lived in the building, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Landmarks Preservation Committee approved design plans for the new house in July 2016.

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The five-story house spans 9,200 square feet and features five bedrooms, wood-burning fireplaces, a library and Juliet balconies. Woodbine & Co. purchased the site in 2015 from developer Janna Bullock for $11.9 million, much lower than the original $40 million asking price.

“Obviously, it was a tragic incident and a dramatic incident for the neighborhood,” Woodbine & Co. partner Ted Muftic told the Journal. “Because of that, we wanted to build something that would draw a bright line under the events of that day and mark the next chapter in the history of that block.” [WSJ]Eddie Small