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NYC Benjamin Duke house listed at $80M

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A man who once unseated Bill Gates as the world’s richest person listed one of New York City’s most historic private homes for $80 million.

Located on one of the most the iconic streets in the world, the “Duke House” was built during the Gilded Age and remains as one of Fifth Avenue’s last true mansions, according to New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission

The five-story, 20,000-square-foot limestone and red-brick mansion with eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms is a “rare” property – occupying roughly 27 feet  at 1009 Fifth Ave. and 100 feet on 82nd Street in Manhattan, according to the Compass real estate listing.

Manhattan property 1009 Fifth Ave. from the street.

The historic building is adjacent to the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art and boasts sweeping city skyline views. 

Unique, opulent designs are key elements throughout the home, which offers spacious rooms, high ceilings, elegant marble fireplaces, ornate moldings and an abundance of natural light. 

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Manhattan property 1009 Fifth Ave. from the street.
Manhattan property 1009 Fifth Ave. from the street.

Although it’s mostly been used as a private residence, the listing encourages prospective buyers to not be confined, noting it can be a gallery, store, museum foundation, or many other creative ventures, given its prime location.

The mansion is owned by billionaire owner of Latin America’s biggest mobile telecom firm, Carlos Slim, who was named the world’s richest person between 2010 and 2013 and is listed by Forbes as Mexico’s richest person, worth $90 billion.

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