There aren’t many names in the fashion world that mean more than Gianni Versace, which is why the upcoming sale of a luxurious New York mansion that was once owned by the Italian fashion designer has turned more than a couple of heads. That’s right, 5 East 64th Street has just hit the market for a jaw-dropping US$70 million (AU$97,683,530) and easily represents one of the most impressive residences the Big Apple has to offer.
Containing a whopping seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a further three partial bathrooms, there really isn’t much that the property doesn’t have. Its buyer will also enjoy an enormous grand dining room, a pair of kitchens, games room, library, private garden, elevator and no less than five opulent fireplaces.
Originally constructed in 1950 by architect Irving Margon, the property covers six floors and 14,200-square-feet while delivering views over Fifth and Madison. It had originally been purchased by Gianni Versace in 1995, after which he oversaw the construction of an additional two floors designed by MSM Architects and Laboratorio Associati, as well as Italian Baroque interior detailing.
As you’d expect from the founder of the famed Medusa-head, only the most classical interpretations of Italian Baroque design would do, resulting in a Sistine Chapel-inspired ceiling painting, marble everywhere you turn, Austrian parquet floors, and ample gold flourishes. If that wasn’t enough Versace also personally sourced a number of restored 19th-century panels that depict Elysian scenes and were originally from a Florentine palazzo.
The attention to detail is simply staggering, with the second level boasting the grand dining room where the walls are canvas and have been hand-painted with artwork inspired by Robert Adam’s Etruscan Room in Osterley Park. The next level up is where you’ll find the Sistine Chapel-inspired ceiling, as well as the library and home office.
The entire fourth floor is home to the master bedroom, which includes a lavish dressing room as well as one of the most impressive private spas in the entire city, complete with a sunken marble Jacuzzi and steam showers. On the fifth level, you’ll find an additional four bedrooms, while the sixth and final floor is where the games room and Moroccan-style home theatre can be enjoyed.
So if you’re in the market for a near nine-figure property with some serious fashion-forward provenance, then this New York mansion that was once owned by Gianni Versace is just the ticket. The property is listed by Sotheby’s International Realty, which is currently seeking expressions of interest.