As a journalist, nothing gives me greater pleasure than following the continuing saga of Jeffrey Epstein, even in his untimely death. There are so many unanswered questions. As officials in the Virgin Islands continue combing his famous pedophile island with a fine-toothed comb, and Ghislaine Maxwell rots in a Brooklyn prison, we’re still a long way away from seeing what we all really want to see. The list of names.
Be this as it may, life continues, and Epstein’s NYC mansion just got sold to the highest bidder. The first thing the buyer said was, “This place is going to need a really good cleaning.” Yeah. Probably so. The buy, who purchased the estate for a cool $51 million, is former Goldman Sachs executive, Michael D. Daffey. Currently residing with his wife in London, the couple has plans of relocating to New York.
Daffey is sending in every type of imaginable crew to make certain not one molecule of Epstein remains. It’s because of who the former owner of the 40-room property located at 9 E. 71st St. was that allowed him to strike a bargain at well below the $88 million they were asking for the germ palace. A close source of the buyer said, “They are planning a complete makeover, physically and spiritually.” Probably a good idea.
A native Australian, Daffey made a fortune dealing in bitcoin. He spent the past year working for Goldman Sachs when the financial firm placed in charge of remodeling trade throughout Europes global markets following the implementation of Brexit. Daffey is now looking forward to him and his wife enjoying a comfortable retirement in the Big Apple.
Stu Loeser, a spokesperson for Daffey said, “Mr. Daffey had never previously been in the home nor ever met its owner, but he is a big believer in New York’s future and will take the other side of all the people who say the city’s best days may be in the past.”
Every NYC broker who deals in executive property agrees that any Manhattan home of this magnitude could easily fetch upwards of $100 million. But in the case of Epstein’s former home, location, location, location, didn’t work. Top broker Dolly Lenz who was but one of many hopefuls trying to profit from the sale, said, “I think it is half off. It is 28,000 square feet. That’s less than $4,000 a square foot for the most magnificent mansion on the best block, just off Fifth Avenue. It’s the very best in New York.”
“We offered it to a lot of people who said, ‘We don’t want to go near that place,’” she said. “Fancy international people who are always in for a deal said, ‘No way.’” All of the brokers received similar replies even though no trace of Epstein remains in the house. One broker said, “The house was totally empty. There was no creepy weird stuff in it at all.”
Adam Modlin, of the Modlin Group, is who ended up securing the deal. But the estate was not sold under ordinary conditions. There was a catch. Every cent of the money from the sale of the estate will be placed in a trust for the Jeffrey Epstein Victim Restitution Fund, under the control of Epstein’s former estate.
Since the victim funds launch last June, over 150 applications for restitution from former women claiming to be former victims have been received. Of these, $55 million has thus far been paid out. The number of victims having received payments is as yet undisclosed.
It’s a shame there’s even a need for such a fund. But as long as crotchety old men with wealth and power keep getting away with their horrid pedophile behavior with sex-slave underage girls who have no choice, the need for this fund, and others like it, will remain.
Maxwell has the power of at least flushing out the notorious Prince Andrews and Bill Clintons of the world, but will she? Facing the prospect of 30-years in the fed she just might. And those guys in the Virgin Islands claim to be sniffing out some interesting stuff too so we’ll see where that goes.
While following Epstein’s never-ending saga continues to prove an interesting ride, akin to a Tilt-a-Whirl, it needs to come to an end before I lose it…Stay tuned…
One question. If you had the money and were in the market, would you have bought the place?