Weekly Top Ten Real Estate Hot List Tue: 10-30-2012
We’re not surprised it sold rather quickly. After all, it appealed not only to our rambunctious inner child but at the same time, to all that we feel is sophisticated about ourselves.
When penthouse seller, poker professional Phil Galfond, bought two penthouses and connected them with a slide and design-sexy staircase, his need for speed in getting from one floor to the next melded his sense of function and fun when he installed the slide. Here’s a glamour penthouse that is guaranteed to change your attitude. Walk up - slide down! Wheeee! Laundry? Just throw it down the slide and follow it down. Just be sure to keep the upstairs landing nice and neat since every guest who walks through the door won’t be able to resist.
Rarely does so much glamour come with so much fun, not to mention the conversation piece of the century. Formerly owned by 27-year-old pro poker player Phil Galfond, who moved to Canada when the U.S. feds cracked down on Internet gambling, it’s said that he installed the helical slide so he could quickly get back to his computer during game breaks. In fact, Phil purchased the upstairs apartment and the downstairs unit and combined them into a duplex, adding a snappy Italian-made "Rintal" stair to ascend in style. The slide is housed in an 18’ tall glassed-in atrium with glass railings.
With over 2,400 square feet, the 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom penthouse is accessed via a private keyed elevator and also includes a private roof deck and two large glass walled terraces. Located in the East Village, amenities include a common area landscaped roof terrace with black marble bar and pool and private cabanas for partying - lots of partying.
The buyer, said to be a young computer nerd who sold his software company apparently takes a more conservative approach to life. He says that after his friends use the slide once, he’s going to tear it out. Well, ho hum. Sadly back to boring convention. It was a heck of a great perk while it lasted!
Poker player penthouse with slide sells for $3.3 million.