When a wealthy New Yorker finds that his apartment or penthouse is not big not enough to satisfy his needs, he starts getting creative. In recent years, one of the more popular options is to create the Frankenmansions or a combination of multiple townhouses or building floors.
Some big names have offered their neighbors million-dollar buyouts so that they could construct a Frankenmansion. One example of a Frankenmansion is owned by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg purchased 5 out of 6 apartments units in a building that is adjacent to his 7,500 square feet townhouse over the last 3 decades to increase his property to 12,500 square feet.
Sarah Jessica Parker lives in two brick townhouses located above the non-profit United Methodist Women. Originally, the two townhouses were not fused together but after the connection, the star of Sex in the City has a 13,900-square foot mansion with 9 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and a 2,100-square feet private garden.
Sean Parker, the former president of Facebook is the proud owner of three brownstones. Each of the buildings originally had four apartment units, a grand stairwell and a back garden. The first building was purchased for $20 million in 2010, the 2nd for $16.5 million in May 2016 and the 3rd for $22 million in August 2016. During the renovations, the three brownstones were connected.
It is rumored that the owner of two brick buildings that are being turned into a single residence is billionaire Jon Stryker. Previously the buildings were an ice cream factory, a showroom for Steinway pianos and a garage.
In 2009, Madonna invested into 3 connected townhouses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The mansion costs $32 million and features 13 bedrooms, a dance studio, several dining rooms, a private gym, 2 garages, an elevator and 3,000-square foot private garden.
For ordinary homeowners, the best option when renovating the home is to improve the design of the bathroom. To make sure that the bathroom will be tidy and organized while looking elegant and luxurious, add corner vanity unit made to last. Not only will it perfectly match with the bathroom, you gain more value for the money spent.