The famed Pfizer Mansion at 280 Washington Avenue sells for $9,050,000 and becomes the most expensive residential transaction ever in Clinton Hill. The previous record was set in 2015 with the sale of 315 Vanderbilt Avenue for $7,200,000.
The 10,000-square-foot Pfizer Mansion was built in 1887 for Charles Erhart, co-founder of the Pfizer pharmaceutical company and brother-in-law to Charles Pfizer.
In 1991, Legion Davies, rock musician and member of the band Killing Joke, purchased the grand Queen Anne townhouse, which he shared for a time with bandmate Paul Raven. It was then bought by the most recent sellers, Jessica and Doug Warren. Prior to being listed with Doug Bowen and Zia O’Hara at Douglas Elliman earlier this year, the home had been on the market for almost three years. They represented the listing and the buyers were represented by Wendy Maitland.
The home’s current owner is a designer who is responsible for a beautiful renovation that retained historic details like an original Otis elevator, moldings and woodwork galore, and stained glass, as well as added modern upgrades like a sunken “speakeasy” party room, and wine cellar, and meticulously landscaped backyard.
The lavish townhouse features 105-foot deep parlor floor with soaring ceilings, formal living room, sitting room, dining room, and eat-in chefs’ kitchen outfitted with a Subzero fridge, Asko dishwasher, and Viking range with grill.
Upstairs, there are four elegant suites, one large bedroom, an office, and a library. Each room is thoughtfully designed offering both comfort and luxury.
Designed by Rees Roberts + Partners, the home’s private garden has mature locusts, crape myrtle trees, and a wisteria pergola.