Humm, who helms Eleven Madison Park, for years known as one of the world’s best restaurants, bought the unit at 40 Fifth Ave., at the corner of 11th Street, for $14.5 million in 2021 — paying half a million dollars over the asking price.
It turned out to be a sound investment, as Humm netted a tidy $2.5 million profit in just less than two years.
The buyer is billionaire Randy Lerner, according to property records.
The four-bedroom, 4½-bath home is on the 14th and 15th floors of a landmarked, neo-Georgian building that dates to 1929.
The duplex has quite the history. Humm bought it from Steve Ells, the founder of Chipotle, who had purchased the home from Ed Fancher, co-founder of the Village Voice, for $11 million in 2009.
The lofty residence features high ceilings, two woodburning fireplaces and views of the city skyline, including the Empire State Building. The home boasts an open windowed chef’s kitchen, a living room with a fireplace, a dining room, a home office and a guest bedroom on the entry-level floor. There’s also an open staircase that leads to the bedrooms, along with a living room and a playroom/den.
Design details include herringbone floors, radiant-heated floors in the bathrooms and a sound system with speakers in the ceiling. Sources say it was an off-market deal.
Compass broker Clayton Orrigo, who was involved in the deal, declined to comment.