New York Observer

Transfers: Versace, Versace, Versace

By: Morgan Halberg
Published: 5/11/2016Source: New York Observer

Featuring Deborah Grubman, David Adler & Paul Albano's Versace townhouse rental listing at 5 East 64th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan.

FORGET ABOUT A SUMMER BEACH RENTAL-THE 14,000-square-foot limestone mansion once owned by the late Gianni Versace is up for grabs!

Sure, it doesn't have any ocean views and the only nearby sand is in the playgrounds of Central Park, but the six-story townhouse at 5 East 64th Street, which the famed fashion designer purchased just two years before his death in 1997 for $7.5 mil1ion, has plenty of other perks.

Before Versace was murdered outside his Miami mansion, he embarked on an extensive renovation of the 17-room townhouse by MSM Architects, adding two additional floors.

And while the contents of the mammoth limestone were sold at auction, the actual town-house, which later traded to Swedish hedge fund manager Thomas Sandell for $30 mil1ion in 2005, can now be rented starting in August for the staggering sum of $120,000 a month.

The 3s-foot-wide home has five bedrooms and the "proportions of an embassy:' per the listing, shared by Corcoran brokers Deborah Grubman and Paul Albano.

And if any potential renters are at all concerned that Mr. Sandell didn't share the extravagant and over-the-top designs favored by Versace, fear not! The home looks to be just as decked out as it was before the designer's death-we see animal print carpeting on the massive staircase in the marble foyer, gold embellished fireplaces, ornate statuary and velvet canopy beds.

It even looks like the living room's ceilings, with intricately designed scenes, are just as Versace left them. And the floors still vary from room to room-changing from marble to Austrian parquet to mosaic with classic motifs. There's also a bathroom with a sunken tub accessible by way of three steps and surrounded by mirrors. And as the townhome is being rented fully furnished, whomever snags it wil1 be luxuriating amidst velvet and marble galore.