Telecom billionaire Carlos Slim, Mexico’s richest man and former richest man in the world, has re-listed his luxurious New York City townhouse for $80 million. Street Easy Listing Update,
Located at 1009 Fifth Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Slim — otherwise known as Carlos Slim Helu — previously listed the 20,000-square-foot property for the same price in 2015. At the time, the asking price of $80 million was a record price. The city is — and today, it is — the priciest townhouse for sale in the entire city, according to StreetEasy data.
Plus, if the property sells for that eight-figure sum, it will break the record for the most expensive townhouse ever bought in the Big Apple. (The current record holderVincent Viola at 12 E. 69th St. is due for a $59 million sale in 2021, according to StreetEasy data.)
Its size is also nothing to be sniffed at, massive for New York standards. StreetEasy also shows that this is the largest townhouse for sale in the entire city.
Slim, whose net worth is currently at $90.7 billionbought the limestone-and-red-brick mansion from the now-defunct Russian oil magnate Tamir Sapir in 2010 for $44 million.
Benjamin N. Known as the Duke’s House, it has been described as “a rare opportunity to acquire a piece of history and make a bold statement in your portfolio”. Built between 1899 and 1901, it was designed by the firm of Welch, Smith & Provot in the Italian Renaissance palazzo style, and is considered one of the last remnants of the luxe mansions facing Central Park that remained in private hands along Fifth Avenue goes. Listing Notes.
At 27 feet along Fifth Avenue—and a grand 100 feet along 82nd Street—the interiors featured marble fireplaces and ornate moldings, a grand staircase that ascended five levels, and a skylight on the top floor.
The rooftop terrace offers panoramic views of Central Park and the city skyline.
The listing states, “The building can be re-imagined as a private residence or converted into a gallery, store, museum or foundation.”
George Lopez with Compass did the listing — and declined to comment.
Business magnate, investor and philanthropist Slim and his family control America Movil, the largest mobile telecoms firm in Latin America. He is a self-made man, the son of Catholic Lebanese parents who immigrated to Mexico. He studied civil engineering at the School of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (known by the Spanish acronym UNAM).
The listing comes at a time when Gilded Age mansions – themselves a rare breed – are at the forefront of the New York residential market. At the end of 2022, the successor states of the former Yugoslavia sold a Fifth Avenue mansion for $50 million in an all-cash deal.