Charles Murphy, until recently a top European banker at Credit Suisse has struck a revolutionary home deal. And this isn’t any rumor. The New York Observer confirms reports that Mr. Murphy is the buyer for Seagram heir Matthew Bronfman’s 25-room town house at 7 East 67th Street. What’s jaw-dropping is the price paid for this ‘little den’! He has paid $33 million, a record sale for a New York mansion smaller than 26 feet wide according to appraiser Jonathan Miller. No Manhattan house of that size had previously closed for more than $30 million. And it’s quite an irony to know that this same house was bought by the Bronfman family for only $3,000,000 in 1994. It’s the game of ‘zeros’…..just added one more ‘zero’ after about 13 years. The house seems to have the most impressive entrance with a floating, elliptical staircase in the front and a glass-enclosed staircase in the back. Mr. Murphy can now move about in a place with eight bathrooms, seven levels and six fireplaces. I’m sure he’ll love spending time at a double-height library with hand-polished wood, and a Palladian window overlooking a towering greenhouse.
Bridgelike catwalks float through that greenhouse space, connecting the front and back of the house.