If this former NBA team owner can get the current, below-asking price for his luxe home, it would be a slam dunk.
Leslie Lee Alexander, 79, is looking to flip her sprawling Manhattan unit to dribble more than it did a decade ago, Crain’s first reported,
The New Jersey-born bond trader — who bought the Houston Rockets for $85 million in 1993 and sold the team 24 years later in 2017 for a record-breaking $2.2 billion — paid $42 million for the duplex condo in 2013. Now, the 11.5-room penthouse at The 18 Gramercy Park South is on the market for $43.75 million, the lowest it’s ever asked for in the years Alexander has been trying to sell it. He first tried in 2015 for $49.75 million, and most recently for $48.75 million in the fall of last year.
The apartment occupies 6,329 square feet of home with an additional 1,889 square feet of private outdoor space. There are four bedrooms, direct entry from a key-lock elevator and a 40-foot living room with 63 multi-pane windows, according to listingWhich is with Compass Agent George Lopez.
(Lopez declined a request for comment.)
The lower level kitchen features hand-painted cabinetry, top-of-the-line appliances, an eat-in dining nook, and, in addition, a staff room as well as three additional bedrooms.
Upstairs – accessible via a grand central staircase or elevator – has a gas fireplace – and great room equipped with wet bar with a wraparound terrace and Gramercy Park views, as well as a windowless powder room, a private sun deck and a heated pool.
In the primary suite, there are not one but two terraces (one of which has a hot tub), a “sparkling spa-like primary bathroom” with heated floors, a cast iron bathtub, and a steam shower.
Overall, there are quarter-sawn white oak hardwood floors, marble windows, beamed ceilings, and central air.
Building amenities include a gym, wine storage, a “spa” and a common roof deck.