Not-So-Slim Townhouse

From the Wall Street Journal yesterday, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim bought the last remaining townhouse on 5th Avenue in NYC for $44M.  The Beaux Arts townhouse is located at 1009 5th Ave on the corner with 82nd St, across from the Met.  It is known as the Duke-Semans mansion because it was built by tobacco magnate Benjamin Duke in 1901.  Surprisingly, the price was only the fourth highest ever paid for a townhouse in NYC.  The highest was $53M for a townhouse on 75th St just off 5th Ave.  Full article here.  Just goes to show the endless variety of townhouses, which are the fundamental building blocks of cities.