Jesus, Bunny and Paul sure knew how to live. 10/10.
Has Datalounge finally found a NY residence that it can't snark about? That house is absolutely beautiful. Great location too.
Jesus, that is gorgeous. I don't normally like "museum" living, but it's just breath-taking.
The exterior more than the interior is what does it for me.
"Restraint" in abundance, tragically missing in any number of "wannabee" properties we see here.
Oh you know they'll be someone to come along, R4. And we can only imagine the hovel they call home.
Fabu! I could move right in!
THAT is how you treat fireplaces.
A rant on fireplace furniture placement:
Every motherfucker and his bitch sister throws a couch directly in front of the fireplace. Too close and the couch hogs all the warmth, too far away and it doesn't do a damn bit of good.
I've even seen some assholes face the couch away from the fireplace - ignoring it like it's a stepchild.
Worse yet, these anal retentive motherfuckers sometimes place two chairs facing the fireplace in Hercule Poirotean symmetry. Sit down and you have the full force of heat blasting directly at your face as if you're seated on a bus to hell.
No, these are well organized fireplace settings. Chairs snuggled up on the side provide indirect heat while sharing the warmth of the fire with the rest of the room - not selfishly hogging everything.
Please, R9 tell us what else do people do that freaks you the fuck out and causes you to shit your granny-panties because it's not done the way you would do it.
Shared walls, meh
Sorry to all the decor bitches on DL but that place, although just a hair overdone, it pretty fucking great.
Built in 1965.
Decorated with all the personality of a 5 Star chain hotel.
It's beautiful. I love it. I wouldn't even have to change a thing and I don't normally like that style. That kitchen, even though they probably don't set foot in it, is the crown jewel of the place.
Bunny Mellon is now 103 years old.
[quote] Bunny still (as of 2011) does Pilates, "which she learned from the exercise's inventor Joseph Pilates more than 50 years ago."
R13 you're a flyover, right?
Bunny is apparently still mentally sharp at such an extremely advanced age.
Sorry, it looks like a hotel to me too. A nice hotel but I prefer a little clutter and personality.
OK, looking at the floor plan, where is the master bedroom? I see a guest or staff bedroom, but not a master.
This property is amazing. Love the outdoors, love the wall colors, the kitchen is a jewel and love the lack of clutter.
R16, I noticed that. And the fact that she learned from Joseph Pilates is remarkable.
It's beautiful, but 46 MILLION???
[quote]A nice hotel but I prefer a little clutter and personality.
It's been staged to sell, R19. All personal items are removed prior to the photo shoot.
Location, location, location.
Were does Bunny live now
It says this house last sold in 2006- I assume that's when Bunny sold it.
She maintains homes in Antigua, Nantucket, and Oyster Harbors on Cape Cod, but two apartments in Paris and a townhouse in New York City were recently sold. Her main residence, Oak Spring Farms, a 4,000-acre (1,600 ha) estate in Virginia, has its own 1-mile (1,600 m) long airstrip for her Falcon 2000.
Meh. Not much closet space in the master bedrooms (which are on the fourth floor, r20. Look at the next picture).
Anything that isn't modern design looks like my grandmother lives there.
Anything that is modern looks like nobody lives there.
Finally, a house in good taste. It's a lovely place, with very little indeed to bitch about.
A house built as late as 1965 would not be my first choice, but this one --by way of compliment-- is indicative of that usually rather grim era in architecture, especially when it turned historicist. The kitchen and a couple of the bedrooms is a bit too white and light and old girly; I'd trade out some of the upholstered pieces for some good brown furniture. But it's remarkable to find a house where the first and most charitable thing to do isn't to overlook the current owner's personal tastes and look beyond to the architecture.
It's a big, gracious, comfortable house, though, with a complex plan and beautiful courtyard. I like the Maison Jansen look of the interiors with a bit of Swedish taste overlaid -- on paper, it wouldn't appeal, but seeing it done well wins me over.
It's lacking a certain warmth and all the rooms have the same theme. Unitheme. I like to be surprised. An Italian Tuscany into country French and a Japanese bathroom with a teak mermaid tub and Moreno glass tiles. A den like a ski lodge. This house isn't living, folks. There's just so many choices available in design, especially high end...not this limited imagination, safe stuff. I'm disappointed.
Kudos to R30.
I, too, am terribly disappointed.
Waiter, I'd like a slice of bunny melon, please.
[quote]It's lacking a certain warmth and all the rooms have the same theme. Unitheme. I like to be surprised. An Italian Tuscany into country French and a Japanese bathroom with a teak mermaid tub and Moreno glass tiles. A den like a ski lodge. This house isn't living, folks. There's just so many choices available in design, especially high end...not this limited imagination, safe stuff. I'm disappointed.
You're a precocious little thing, aren't you?
But, really, "there's just so many choices"? Oh, dear.
And, darling, you *know* I hate being critical - it's just so not me - but I don't know anyone who would utter the word "folks" unless they were referring to their parents. And even then...
You could also add a hyphen here and there. But I do commend you for recognizing that the house is not alive.
[quote] It's beautiful, but 46 MILLION???
It's on 2 lots. It's like two townhouses but she used the second lot as outdoor space and two smaller wings attached to the 5 story townhouse
Meh, I agree it looks like a fancy hotel. Too monochrome. Clearly, old people live there. No where to relax. Ugly dining room with a table that's too small. Nice facade.
BTW, why do kitchen breakfast bars in NYC homes always have two bar chairs perched at the end and squished together. I guarantee no two people have ever been able to sit there at the same time.
It's nice, in that "We're rich Americans but we'd much rather be French aristocracy and live in Paris" way.
Nice, but....too French. I hate the dining room.
No where near an open concept. Marble counter tops? No thank you, I want Granite. Is there room for an office? I want a three car garage and that black stove has to go, it has to be stainless. And are there two sinks in the master bathroom, that's a deal breaker.
Donated generously to John Edwards' campaign for POTUS.
Sorry. No corn husk dolls in the kitchen is a deal breaker.
Bunny turned 103 in August . . . what's her secret?
[quote]Bunny turned 103 in August . . . what's her secret?
[quote]OK, looking at the floor plan, where is the master bedroom?
You obviously did not look at the 4th floor where there are TWO master bedroom suites clearly shown.
This thread is full of book stackers and flea market tchotchke collectors.
You just know R13 would find the homes of Amy Sadaris and some East Village 80s queen DEE-VINE!
I really prefer Mitzi Gaynor's place, striped bathroom and all. It looks much liveable.
At least John Edwards never got his hands on it.
I'm not too enamoured with the decor.
What stood out for me was the back courtyard and how beautiful the back of the house overlooking it is.
Here in London even the most beautiful townhouses look like shit at the back....for some reason.
The one thing I do have to laugh about is how much "sunshine" there is at the front of the house. The entire building is draped in sunshine. If you've walked on that block, you'd know it's impossible.
It's frightfully Grande Dame, but Grande Dame done correctly! It's both opulent and livable, which is a neat trick.
Tell me, what separates this gem from all the imitations that scream "earrings and CAFTANS" to our tasteful eyes? Is it the amount of space? Is it the fact that every single foot of space cost our years' salary to decorate?
Dear god, that space is fucking amazing. And I love that they left so much of it undeveloped. Having a greenspace makes the home that much more magnificent. I have a few things I would tweak for myself, but I can't quibble. It's an oasis in Manhattan.
Now whom do I have to sleep with in order to snag it?
That is a huge outdoor space for NYC. I used to live in the neighborhood and walked by that house 5000 times, but I never knew who lived there until now. Even with all of the other beautiful townhouses in that neighborhood, Bunny's house stands out.
"Now whom do I have to sleep with in order to snag it?"
A 102-year-old woman. Are you up for it?
The photo just about the first kitchen photo looks like the room where Glenn Close has her final freak out and trashes her vanity table in "Dangerous Liasons".
I agree that the exterior makes it. It's lovely but far overpriced.
Still, someone will buy it. Probably, short-fingered vulgarian Donald Trump.
He turned Mar-a-Lago into a hotel. Perhaps this can be a bed and breakfast.
[quote]No where to relax.
Yet with plenty of space to study grammar.
Is there really a John Edwards/Bunny Mellon sex tape out there?
"No where to relax?" WTF? You wouldn't be able to find one of the dozens of rooms on FIVE floors to "relax" in? Some of you nitpicking bitches are just unreal.
I live in a rural area, have been in very few upscale homes in my life. I watch a New York real estate show about multi multi million dollar homes and after looking at this, all the rest of those homes become irrelevant.
Everyone knows Ms. Mellon no longer owns it, correct? She sold it in 2006.
R43, thank you. I just looked at the top floor plan. This place is really perfect.
R47 that's not the back courtyard. That's a pic of the 3rd floor side garden.
The back courtyard has the reflecting pool in the middle.
It is a lovely house, in every way.
Needs more books stacked on ottomans!
Well, did any of you buy it?
Bunny Mellon is one of those people that was born old.
It is lovely, particularly when you consider that it's in the middle of Manhattan -- all that space and green and light is a priceless luxury, and that's the reason why the $46 million price tag is warranted. One can only hope the buyer will keep the place largely intact and not build something like a five-story apartment block where the garden is.
That said, the decor is just a bit too fussy-perfect for my taste, like something from a Stanford White design book. I prefer a more eclectic decorating style, and I'd probably remove or replace about a third of the furnishings, not because they're not nice, but because they're just too much. Of course, this is question of personal preference, and I can see how the current decor would make the house a much easier sell than a personal/ eclectic interior design would.
What a dump
The dining room is on the 3rd floor! The big kitchen is on the 2nd and there is a dumbwaiter to the "service kitchen" next to the dining room. There are two laundry rooms, in the basement and on the 2nd floor.
Clearly I've missed out in life.
Note to New York "interior designers"...THIS is design. THIS is a house that has design inside, outside, up, down, sideways and in a cloud floating over the fucking place.
Try to keep up kids.
Does the furniture belong to the second owners, or is it Bunny and Paul's? I love that desk.
I wanna be named Bunny SOOOO badly.
The modern kitchen was a bit disappointing.
How did Bunny get her money? Is she a billionaire?
R75, she married a Mellon.
[quote]Bunny Mellon is one of those people that[sic] was born old.
She also invented the Easter Bunny.
And thank GOD it's spared views of any of those filthy homeless!
The kitchen would benefit with the addition of my beautiful Melmac plastic dinner collection.
R83 - Nan Kempner wasn't really that wealthy. Rich to be sure, but nothing like a Mellon.
From other posts I've seen online, she did sell the property in 2006, but I don't know who she sold it to. The Koch brothers bought her Cape Cod estate. I can't imagine bunny would ever let the utterly tasteless Donald Trump ruin her home.
[quote]Bunny's father invented Listerine. True fact.
Why does the linked article say there are 14 rooms? There must be way more than that!
Not one of you understands that THIS is emblematic of what is wrong in America today? Is there any better example of unearned inherited wealth as demonstrated by Miss Bunny? Someone should set fire to her.
R95 - it's not what's wrong today, she's been loaded her whole life.
What's wrong is the money grab of the past 30 years.
Wasn't Listerine invented by Joseph Lister?
Rachel "Bunny" Lowe Lambert Lloyd Mellon
One of her grandfathers, chemist Jordan Lambert, invented Listerine, although it was her father who commercialized it.
How is Bunny related to that right-wing whack job Richard Mellon Scaife?
If I were a Maoist, she'd be toast.
"Not one of you understands that THIS is emblematic of what is wrong in America today?"
No, the Koch brothers represent all that is wrong with America today, Bunny Mellon represents everything that was wrong with America in... 1930? Well that was when the rich at least pretended to have a sense of noblesse oblige, something today's bazillionaires don't even pretend to presess.
Well, whatever her sins, there's no reason we shouldn't admire her impeccable taste now.
R101--you insufferable lisping megaAsshole!
She inherited her wealth! She will pass much of that on to another parasite with very low tax rates!
Gays weren't like that in the old, tasteful days. We could dream of meeting a man who would provide all of this. And when he became too old, that master bedroom arrangement is marvelous. The elevator could make discreet .. deliveries .. while the old gentleman slept soundly, unbothered.
I adore this place. It is so elegant and very tastefully decorated and a complete breath of fresh air form the usually predictable crap that is minimalist and modern contemporary. The exterior has a french look that is chic, charming, and classy. This is very rare because we have interior designers like the designers on HGTV who are complete losers ,and who have no remote idea what classic timeless design is.I include Jeff Lewis in that same clueless and untalented group. Can you imagine if one of those no nothings on HGTV got a hold of this classic elegant place? A complete horrifying thought. They would say the usually bull shit, this looks like my grand mother's place ,and it needs to look modern and changed. Let me translate that, those are bubblegum designers who can't comprehend what they are observing so they give a negative label on what they are observing . Once again, this place is exquisite beauty that transcends time. It is so refreshing to see a chandelier that it doesn't look like a small group of prisms hung by fish wire or chandeliers that are covered with a stupid lamp shade!