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Pfizer Mansion sells for $9M, shattering Clinton Hill record

Brooklyn-based rocker Sean Ragon lands 130-year-old, 10K-sq-ft brownstone



280 Washington Street with Sean and Beverly Ragon (Douglas Elliman, Sean and Beverly)


Move over, 315 Vanderbilt: There’s been a new record home sale in Clinton Hill, and it’s for more than $9 million.


The famous Pfizer Mansion at 280 Washington Avenue sold for $9.1 million in late June, property records show. The last time Clinton Hill saw a deal anywhere near this size was in 2015, when 315 Vanderbilt Avenue, a former union hall repurposed as a single-family home, sold for $7.2 million.


Move over, 315 Vanderbilt: There’s been a new record home sale in Clinton Hill, and it’s for more than $9 million.


The famous Pfizer Mansion at 280 Washington Avenue sold for $9.1 million in late June, property records show. The last time Clinton Hill saw a deal anywhere near this size was in 2015, when 315 Vanderbilt Avenue, a former union hall repurposed as a single-family home, sold for $7.2 million.


The Warrens took on major renovations since then, retaining historic details like an original Otis elevator, and adding modern updates including a sunken “speakeasy” party room. The home has seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms, and features 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor entertaining space and eight fireplaces.


After placing it on the market three years ago, the couple sold the home to Sean Ragon, frontman for the Brooklyn-based neo-folk band Cult of Youth, and his wife Beverly in an all-cash deal, according to property records. Douglas Elliman’s Doug Bowen and Zia O’Hara had the listing, and the buyers were represented by Atelier’s Wendy Maitland.


“The baton has been passed to another rock and roll couple, and the rock and roll history of this building will continue and come back to life,” Bowen said.


The mansion faced several price chops over the years: It was originally listed by Brown Harris Stevens for $13.5 million in 2018, but was slashed to $11.5 million a year later. By the time Corcoran took the reins in the fall of 2019, the price fell to nearly $10 million and later $9.2 million.


“The $13.5 and $11.5 million were both mistakes. It was unrealistic,” Bowen said. “There’s caps on absolute prices in certain neighborhoods.”


Knowing that the most expensive property sold in the neighborhood was in the $7 million range, the team kept the $9.2 million price tag when it took over in December 2020, feeling confident thanks to the city’s bustling townhouse market.


Bowen said that the record speaks to the tolerance in absolute price in neighborhoods throughout the city as homeowners take on extravagant renovations by some of the city’s top architects and designers.


“It’s a predictor of the next steps in these markets in terms of pricing and thresholds,” Bowen said. “You’ll start to see houses that people have been living in being extensively renovated that will push the price points [upwards].”


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