The River House is a big old (and well heeled) co-op building in New York City, at 52nd Street and the East River. Henry Kissinger has lived there, and it has famously rejected the likes of Gloria Vanderbilt and Diane Keaton as residents over the years. The venerable and preposterously snooty building was designed by William Lawrence Bottomley and finished in 1931. It has a yacht landing, a walled garden, apartments of nine to 17 rooms and private tennis and swimming club in the basement. Or it did.
The River House’s private social and athletic club is now for sale as a private residence…The Residence at River House, of course. The townhouse in question (and for sale) exists within a 62,000 square feet space, over five floors. Asking price? $130 million—as is.
Yes, this townhouse (about the same size as Hearst Castle’s Casa Grande) is trying to get $130 million for raw space. “Bring your contractor” (and $10-30 million+ in renovation costs—depending on how expensive your tastes are).
The real estate folks who are marketing The Residence at River House, with a proposed renovation plan from interior designer Tony Ingrao. The current configuration has a 62-foot indoor swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, an IMAX screening room, a wine cellar, a full spa, and a card room. Ingrao’s proposed plan includes a 15,000-square foot bedroom level with a giant master suite and a level designated entirely to house staff. Perhaps a bank vault would be appropriate as well. (The Business Insider has the proposed floor plans, if you are interested).
Here are the designer's renderings of what The Residence at River House COULD look like: