Manhattan real estate has been known to drive people mad, as the search for that elusive perfect apartment can take a lifetime. It helps when you have plenty of cash to spare, but even then it’s a horribly miserable process. Take Isaac Mizrahi. The super-successful designer found his dream home years ago, but was only able to snatch it up this fall.
Why did Mizrahi want this particular apartment so badly (besides the fact that it’s huge, in the Village and has a wraparound terrace)? Because it’s in between two other 14th floor apartments he owns in the same building on 12th Street and 5th Avenue. So instead of having two separate apartments (seriously, how does that even work?), he will now have one mega 2912-square foot apartment with 1,000 square feet of terraces. Related: now we have serious terrace envy.
Mizrahi paid $3.5 million for the final piece of his real estate puzzle, which took nearly 20 years to acquire. He bought his first apartment (which has four rooms, a bathroom and a terrace) at 59 W. 12th St. in 1991 for $355,000. In 1997 he bought the second apartment (a two-room space) for $160,000. The middle apartment was owned by Paula Brown Glick until her death last year at age 84. Oh, and in March he bought an apartment on a lower floor of the building for $1.1 million which he will use as an office. That’s what we use our fourth apartment for, too!
Anyway, congrats to Isaac on his New York real estate fairytale. We’re not bitter. We’re jealous. At least that’s what we’re telling ourselves.