Mexican billionaire, telecommunications giant and sort-of Times man Carlos Slim is expecting a big profit on the sale of his Manhattan townhouse. He asks $80 million for his mansion at 1009 Fifth Ave., which he bought for just $44 million five years ago. The brick and limestone mansion measures 20,000 square feet, is one of the last private mansions on Fifth Avenue. A Beaux-Arts confection eight stories tall with a corner orientation that offers that most rare of townhouse qualities – good light – the house has 11 fireplaces, hand-carved paneling, “lovely trompe l’oeil accents,” intricate plaster freizes and gold-leaf trimmed fixtures, as well as a “sweeping” staircase according to the listing.
If the property sells for its ambitious asking price, it would be the most expensive ever for a townhouse in New York City, topping a $53 million purchase completed in 2006.