By Lisa skolnik | October 1, 2014 | Home & Real Estate
Boasting exceptional guy-friendly assets, amenities, and aesthetics, these two on-the-market properties are a bachelor’s dream come true.
This condo at 132 East Delaware Place was redesigned by Richar Interiors to add a luxe, masculine edge to the décor.
Rupert Murdoch’s new $57.25 million Manhattan penthouse—a bachelor pad now that he’s single—boasts 10,160 square feet, soaring ceilings, a spiral staircase, and floor-to-ceiling windows with sexy city views. The space is raw, and Murdoch is building it out himself, adding millions more to its already heady $5,635-per-square-foot cost.
In Chicago, prime luxury pickings for single men are a steal by comparison. Says Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff broker Terri McAuley (312-330-3211), “This is a bachelor’s paradise when you consider the caliber and pricing of the real estate stock here.”
Exhibit A: two remarkable Chicago bachelor pads currently for sale, one marketed by McAuley at The Montgomery (500 W. Superior St.) and the other by @properties broker Doug Smith (773-531-0794) at 132 E. Delaware Pl. Both score high “pad” points for their chic yet man-pleasing décor, cachet-heavy locations, and stunning city views—plus “a perfect storm of acclaimed design and incredible amenities,” notes Smith.
This kitchen at The Montgomery features custom cabinetry and a monumental Petra Cardoso soapstone island.
So why are they for sale? Both sellers—who regret the need to let their lovingly wrought bachelor pads go—have recently married and moved on to abodes that also reflect their wives’ desires. For bachelors looking to buy, each offers an opportunity to snag an architecturally significant and masculine home in move-in condition, at a fair, “Second City” price.
Ex-bachelor number one, Tom Steffanci, went to great lengths to customize the aerie he bought at The Montgomery in 2007 when the building was under construction, transporting building materials up to the 28th-story roof via an extra-large freight elevator, then down into his 27th-floor apartment. “It could only be executed because the building was in construction,” explains Sacco.
As a wine executive who is now president of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, he needed an entertaining area that packed a huge “wow” factor plus wine storage for his understandably enormous collection. With the help of Joseph Sacco of JS Interiors Group (312-404-4665) and the kitchen company Arclinea, Steffanci realized his goal with custom rift-sawn oak cabinetry; an island topped with a monumental slab of honed Pietra Cardosa soapstone; and a 2,200-bottle wine cellar in the sky worthy of a Rothschild.
This deluxe bachelor pad at The Montgomery offers 14-foot floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize panoramic views.
Views were also maximized with custom-made, 14-foot, frosted-glass pocket doors that slide into space dividers and echo the unit’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Hidden, they allow the entire 65-foot window wall to stand alone, facilitating panoramic views. Pulled out, they break off the ends of the space into bedroom suites. Other big bachelor design ideas include plank limestone floors, a chisel quartz living room wall, and a spa-quality bathroom, in the 2,640-square-foot, two-bedroom-plus-den, two-and-a-half-bathroom place. It’s on the market for about $2 million with one parking space—or $754 per square foot (a second parking space is available for $55,000).
Ex-bachelor number two (who wishes to remain anonymous) fell so hard for the 4,400-square-foot, 63rd-story duplex that “he immediately grabbed my hand when he walked into the place and excitedly said, ‘This is the one,’” recalls Smith. A snazzy spiral staircase beyond the front door, backed by a soaring, two-story, glass-edged atrium, prompted the bachelor’s love at first sight, while the already dramatic style prompted him to hire Richar Interiors (312-455-0924), the Chicago designer who did the décor for the sellers, to “man it up.” “I’ve done homes for dozens of bachelors over the years, and they all want the same thing: a place that’s sensuous, sophisticated, and reflects their success,” explains the one-name wonder Richar.
What didn’t change in the two-bedroom, three bath property were the sleek architectural elements of the home, evident in the rich chocolate wood built-ins and gloriously muscular Gaggenau kitchen. And the amenities on call from the Four Seasons Hotel in the building—including unlimited valet parking—proved an incomparable asset to the bachelor (and likely to any future buyer who falls for this place). At $5.5 million, the cost per square foot is $1,250.
Given the abundant assets and masculine aesthetics of these two bachelor pads—and the bang for the buck they offer—it’s likely that neither will be on the market for very long.
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