Yesterday, Emily mentioned to you guys that Mary-Kate Olsen and her could-almost-be-her-father boyfriend (who is the brother of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy) Olivier Sarkozy are in the process of moving into a new home they purchased together, so apparently, things are getting serious. And we have pictures of the house, which is absolutely beautiful. I’m talking beautiful—it’s right up my alley, personally, and I cringe to know that I *might* have something else in common with Mary-Kate Olsen besides our shared birthday of June 13th.
Here’s the details on the house, which is 146 years old (or ten years shy of Olivier and Mary-Kate’s combined age):
Sarkozy is buying it because he and Olsen “like that it is old,” a real estate insider told The Post’s Jennifer Gould Keil. The 4,200-square-foot home, built the year Abraham Lincoln took office, was designed by architect James Renwick Jr., best-known for St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Smithsonian. Sarkozy paid the full asking price for the five-story house with nine fireplaces, a Juliet balcony in front and a large rear garden. The townhouse is in the St. Mark’s historic district, but the couple can gut the inside so long as they keep the façade intact. It isn’t clear how much renovation they plan to do, although the plumbing and kitchen need to be completely updated. Listing broker Jason Haber, CEO of Rubicon Property, declined to comment.
So, it sounds pretty righteous, yeah? 4,200 square feet, old as hell, fireplaces which you know are genuine wood-burning and not those fake-ass propane ones, and a garden, too. A garden! It’s a perfect little hidey-hole for a mini-elf and her giant boyfriend to play hidey-hole while squeaking “Fe! Fi! Fo! Fum! Where’d that giant stick his thumb?” all the while.