Legendary Late Architect I.M. Pei’s NYC Townhouse Sells After a Bidding War

A few months after his passing in 2019, the late and great architect I.M. Pei’s longtime New York City townhouse went up for sale. Priced at $8 million, the Sutton Place home came off and back on the market since then, but continued to ask the same amount. And while the tale usually goes that multiple attempts to sell can lead to a discounted sale, in this case, the opposite is true. Almost two years later, the very special NYC abode just fetched a whopping $8.6 million. The Wall Street Journal reports this was the result of a bidding war.

It’s no surprise that a former abode of Pei’s should secure such a lofty sum. His legacy and vision is priceless. As the visionary behind the Louvre’s glass pyramid and the architect chosen by Jackie Kennedy to create John. F Kennedy’s presidential library, Pei’s famed creations are world-renowned. This, his personal home since 1973, was the subject of painstaking renovation by Pei and his wife.

Under the architect’s watch, 11 Sutton Place townhouse gained an extension that brought its floor plan to 3,848 square feet. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows flood the space with natural light and views of the greenery outside. A spiral staircase climbs up to a crown jewel skylight.

The architect called the four-bedroom, three-bathroom home for 45 years until his death at age 102. It’s refined and geometric, at once stylish and subtle, signature Pei. With clean lines and serene surroundings, the townhouse on a quiet street offers a respite from the busy city. Perhaps, where the new owner can also create.

Edward Joseph of Christie’s International Real Estate held the listing.