Here’s the explosive next chapter in Boom’s “Dr. The Famous Upper East Side Mansion.”
Gimme can now exclusively reveal that Marcus Lemonis – the 47-year-old serial entrepreneur and TV host of “The Profit” – and his wife – 68-year-old businesswoman Roberta “Bobbi” Fenchel – are the mystery shoppers behind an investment of $ 18 million. case for 34 E. 62nd St.
It’s the ultra-historic townhouse where, in 2006, suicidal doctor Nicholas Bartha blew up the lavish display – with himself inside – to prevent his ex-wife from securing a divorce settlement from $ 4 million. The Post nicknamed him “Dr. Boom” at the time.
The house has since been rebuilt and Lemonis got it for a bargain, as the stately home asked for $ 32.5 million in 2017, with a last asking price of $ 19.75 million. Lemonis could not be reached for comment at the time of posting. His broker, Adam Modlin, of The Modlin Group, declined to comment. Roger Erickson of Douglas Elliman was the listing broker.
Lemonis is now the latest in a long line of captivating personalities to rest their heads at this legendary address. In fact, the story is so ripe that we hear legendary writer Gay Talese writing a new book on the house.
In 1926, ultra-rich spy Vincent Astor lived here – his father, John Jacob Astor, built the St. Regis Hotel, then died on the Titanic. During World War II, he founded a spy club known as “The Room” in the house where his wealthy ruling class friends, including Kermit Roosevelt and Nelson Doubleday, met to discuss the secrets of State.
After the less good doctor shocked the neighborhood, he was bought by Janna Bullock, a Russian-born woman in the jet set accused of financing her real estate empire – which once stretched from the French Alps to London, the Hamptons and the Upper East Side – with stolen Russian public funds (accusations she denies). She sold the townhouse for $ 11.95 million in 2015.
The current house built on the 20-foot-wide property is a 9,200 square foot steel and concrete monster with a French limestone facade and slate mansard roof. This is currently a “white box”, which means new homeowners will have a blank slate to build their dream home on five floors plus a basement. The house was designed by architect Henry Jessup, built by Steve Mark, and approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.