David Sanborn Townhouse - Saxophonist David Sanborn’s home is as smooth as his jazz. The six-time Grammy winner put his upper West Side townhouse on the market for a cool $12 million.
With two outdoor spaces, original wood paneling, stained glass, coffered ceilings and leather and wood furniture, the $12 million house is understated and comfortable.
Sanborn, 67, uses the library as a meditation room. He recorded six albums in the 20-by-55-foot top-floor music studio with leaded soundproof sheetrock and oversized skylights. He and his wife, Sofia, a teacher, have lived in the house off Columbus Ave. and West 69th Street for almost 25 years.
“I’m in the hub of New York City near Lincoln Center, Central Park, and all these subways, but when I’m in the house it’s like a quiet refuge,” said Sanborn, who is on a world tour for his new album, Quartette Humaine, with pianist Bob James. “We went to great lengths to build the soundproof studio. We blew off firecrackers to test it. No one heard a thing.”
Sanborn digs the area. It’s the first place he moved when he arrived in New York City in the early 1970s. He hits jazz shows at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in Time Warner Center, shops at Trader Joe’s on 72nd St., and dines time-to-time at Ocean Grill. By Sanborn’s count, he’s friends with 30 of his neighbors.
The musician converted the home across the tree-lined street from The Day School from a five-unit building owned by an opera singer to a single-family home. The coffered ceiling in the living room is original to the 1890s classic brownstone.
“When we stripped it down we found this 100-year-old golden oak that felt like butter,” said the Missouri-raised musician who has played with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, neighbor Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder. “With all the light the house gets, the ceiling glows.”
A loyal friend, Sanborn gave the listing to Shaun Osher, the founder of CORE and a fellow alto saxophonist. Osher met Sanborn in a sax repair shop on 48th Street 20 years ago when he arrived in New York, penniless, from South Africa.