Celebrity insider: Gianni Versace’s former New York townhouse

One of the most ornate townhouses in New York’s Upper East side is up for rent – and it retains many of its former owner’s touches. It’s not hard to believe that this home once belonged to the world famous fashion designer Gianna Versace, with its interiors mirroring the style of many of the icon’s designs. From leopard prints, to rich, clashing colours and luxe materials, it’s a palatial townhouse fit for a style icon.

Versace bought the 14,000-square-foot home in 1993 and it’s now owned by Swedish hedge fund manager Thomas Sandell, who is asking for US$120,000 per month in rent. The 17-room neoclassical home was built in 1950 by architect Irving Margon, and was later renovated by Versace in true Italian luxe style.

Spread over six stories, which are connected by an elevator, the floors throughout are all unique, from marble to Australian parquet, to mosaic with classical motifs. In the foyer, a sweeping staircase with leopard print carpet is paired with a glamerous chandelier and an oversized piece of modern art. The animal print continues in the living room, where it is paired with a burgundy velvet lounge and an open fireplace.

The larger entertaining room has a wall of full-length windows, a fresco-ed ceiling and lounge suites upholstered in gold and burgundy material. This colour scheme continues in the master suite with the velvet canopy bed and full sized animal print rug, while the adjoining ensuite features a sunken Jacuzzi tub. The TV room is dressed in a Moroccan-style and gives access to the rooftop garden.

Take a look…

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Images: The Corcoran Group.