Penthouse member Clementina “Tina” Santi Flaherty will not be leaving the penthouse at the 1040 Fifth Avenue mansion, the same limestone building that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis also resided at. Business man, socialite, author and self quoted “powerchick,” Ms. Flaherty is going to hold on to the duplex penthouse after all. She and her ex-husband, William Flaherty the zinc magnate, had purchased the house when their marriage was seeing better days. City records indicate Ms. Flaherty is currently paying $13 million for her stay at the mansion.
The co-op was listed not too long ago with Leighton Candler of Corcoran for $32 million during the month of October 2010 after entering the market for a baffling $43 million just one day before Lehman collapsed. Under the circumstances, $13 million is a bargain for the opportunity to gaze out upon Central Park, or to relax in the pine paneled English library while reading The Savvy Woman’s Success Bible, or What Jackie Taught Us: Lessons from the Remarkable Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The past first lady was long gone by the time Ms. Flaherty moved in.
With the listing set aside, the impression was that Jacqueline had the intention of staying in her most desirable house, designed by uptown religious enthusiast Rosario Candela. Jacquline Flahery was quoted by Observer back in 2008 having said:
“I’m like Scarlett O’Hara. The land—the apartment—means a lot to me. I even have a dog named Scarlett, just like Scarlett O’Hara. I’m just as persistent and everything else.”
Her devotion definitely proved beneficial to her in the end, though you might wonder whether or not she will attempt to “flip” the home like J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons did. In the divorce proceedings, which were filed in 2007, Ms. Flaherty claimed martial abuse, stating that Mr. Flaherty had been hiding up to $100 million in marital assets overseas.