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New York entity pays recorded $4.35M for 1925 Midtown house

Posted On: 03-20-2015

By Darrell Hofheinz

Daily News Staff Writer
Lisa Rowan has sold, for a recorded $4.35 million, her 1925 Mediterranean-style house at 130 Chilean Ave. in Midtown, according to a deed recorded in the past week.

The new owner is a limited liability company named after the property’s address. The company has a New York City mailing address but was registered in Delaware, where strict privacy laws cloak the identity of anyone involved.

Publicly available sources link the sale to retail honcho Glen Senk — former chief executive officer of Urban Outfitters and the David Yurman jewelry company — and Keith Johnson, longtime design director at the retail chain Anthropolgie. Senk today heads Front Row Partners, a Boston-based retail investment firm. Neither man could be reached for comment.

With about 5,000 square feet of living space, inside and out, the house on Chilean Avenue occupies a lot measuring nearly a third of an acre, a few properties west of the beach. Many of the home’s original architectural details remain intact.

Rowan lived in the house for more than 20 years and raised her son, KrystoferKimmel, there. Her 14-month renovation included the addition of a swimming pool.

Rowan, who spent many years working in the fashion industry, is downsizing now that her son is away at school. She says she wants to move closer to her mother, Rena Rowan Damone, who co-founded the fashion house Jones New York and lives with her husband, singer Vic Damone, in the Sloan’s Curve development.

Rowan said she will miss the house, especially the kitchen.

“I love to cook, and it was a great space. That’s where people congregated,” Rowan said.

Listing agent Lore Smith of Sotheby’s International Realty had been quietly marketing the property at $5.25 million for about four months before it went under contract, according to records in the Palm Beach Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service.

On the buyer’s side of the deal was agent Betsy S. Green of Douglas Elliman.

None of the agents involved in either sale would comment about their clients or specifics of the transaction. Rowan also declined to discuss the buyer.

Property records show the Chilean Avenue house was initially owned by Rowan’s mother, who bought it in 1993, five years before she married Damone. When she bought it, she already owned a historic house at 200 Via Bellaria that would become her longtime home. Rena Rowan Damone sold that landmarked house for a recorded $5.75 million in January in a deal handled on both sides by Monique Matheson Properties LC. The couple had already downsized to Sloan’s Curve.

In 2008, Rena Rowan Damone transferred ownership of the Chilean Avenue house to her daughter, courthouse records show.

 

Source: Darrell Hofheinz, March 20, 2015, Palm Beach Daily News

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