LARGER PASTURES: Estée Lauder executive group president John Demsey, who has a penchant for giving frequent parties, is moving to larger quarters — but only two doors down the street to a town house at 213 East 61st Street that is 2,000 square feet larger than the house he has been renting. And this time he will be a home owner, complete with financing jitters that normally come with it. “In this economy, it’s scary,” he agreed.
The house was listed for sale at $8.75 million and includes six bedrooms, five full and two half baths, an eat-in chef’s kitchen, a formal dining room and a sitting room. The master bedroom occupies the entire third floor, according to the listing on Zillow.
Although moving day is not until February, Demsey is deep into the planning. Even though the house consists of 5,300 square feet spread over five floors, “somehow I’ve managed to fill it up already. I am in a blue mood,” he said, describing the decorating scheme as “urban glam,” which will include some redos of Seventies furniture.
Asked what attracted him to the house, he replied, “I love the block, it has a backyard for the dogs. It just felt right.”
He was referring to his two French bulldogs — “There were three but one got voted off the island for bad behavior.” The remaining pair mostly coexists with his three cats and his daughter.
Asked if he is still going to have his parties, the 60-year-old Demsey replied,”We’re going to do sit-down dinners instead. It’s part of becoming more senior.”