Home improvement guru Bob Vila lists UES apartment for $3.7 million


Hammering out gains is part of a pattern for Vila, who has invested from Midtown to Tribeca since the early 2000s.

In 2004 Vila sold a five-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot condo at 90 Franklin St., No. 14, for roughly $3.7 million, according to a deed. Vila, who learned how to construct houses during an early-1970s stint in the Peace Corps, seems to have been an investor in 90 Franklin, a converted pre-war warehouse. So what he paid for the unit is unclear.

That same year, Vila and his son Chris, by way of a firm called Vila and Vila, purchased an aged 5-story brownstone, 21 W. 75th St. on the Upper West Side, for $4 million, a deed shows. After extensive renovations (chronicled by “Home Again with Bob Vila,” a post-”This Old House” effort), and a condo conversion, the father-son team sold all five of the units there for more than $8 million, according to records.

Later, in 2007, Bob Vila sold a two-bedroom condo at 15 W. 53rd St., a 1980s high-rise in Midtown, for nearly $2.9 million. He purchased it for almost $1.5 million in 2004, public records show, and so he nearly doubled his money. The unit, No. 49F, had served as Vila’s office, according to news reports.

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