Tiber developer lists penthouse unit for nearly $2M

The Tiber condos at Libbie and Guthrie avenues. Posner’s penthouse is the top-floor unit closest to the corner. (Photos courtesy David Posner)

One of the principals behind a recent condo development in the Libbie and Grove area is putting his unlived-in penthouse unit on the market, while also continuing to invest in a particular block in Manchester.

David Posner, who helped developer John George finish The Tiber condos at Libbie and Guthrie avenues in 2017, is listing his top-floor condo – 514 Libbie Ave. unit 7 – with an asking price of $1.89 million.

Posner, a local businessman who stepped in to help revive the once-stalled project amid a falling out between George and his original partners, purchased the unit in early 2019 but never moved in. He said commitments in his personal life have led him to put the 3,500-square-foot unit – one of two top-floor penthouses – up for sale.

“I’ve had this unit now for more than a year, and I’ve been trying to decide whether I’m going to move into it or not,” said Posner, who has a residence on Lake Chesdin in Chesterfield County.

The penthouse interior.

“I’m getting married in June, and we had considered the possibility of selling our houses in Chesterfield. I’ve got a daughter that still has one year of high school,” he said. “We made a decision that, right now, the time is just not good, and it’s silly for me sit on the darn thing for another year.”

At $1.89 million, the listing is the priciest in the area for a condo unit in the past five years, according to the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service.

In 2015, a 5,400-square-foot unit in Rocketts Landing’s Riverbank Terraces sold at list for $1.87 million. Another condo at Rocketts was listed the same year for $1.77 million and sold for $1.35 million.

The other Tiber penthouse – “The Cary” at 512 Libbie Ave. unit 7 – sold in 2018 for $1.62 million, above its $1.5 million list price. Around the corner on Grove Avenue, a 3,700-square-foot unit at The Chadwick on Grove sold for $1.57 million in 2017.

The same year, a 3,400-square-foot condo at Monument Square sold for $1.41 million. And in 2016, local developer Tom Papa’s Shockoe Slip penthouse sold for $1.35 million, below its $1.49 million asking price.

Posner said his asking price is justified given The Tiber’s location and other investment in the area, such as the recent redevelopment of the former Westhampton Theater site and the underway conversion of the old Westhampton School site.

“Based on the economy and everything else that’s being built, I think it’s certainly a fair and justifiable asking price,” he said.

Totaling four bedrooms and 4½ bathrooms, Posner’s penthouse – called “The Monument” – includes a kitchen with wine cooler, two additional beverage coolers in the den and two gas fireplaces. The floor plan includes three outdoor terraces, including the main terrace overlooking Libbie with outdoor kitchen and an additional gas fireplace. The unit also comes with two secured parking spaces.

The top-floor unit has three terraces, including this one overlooking Libbie Avenue.

The listing is the only available unit at The Tiber, which Posner said is otherwise fully occupied. He said all of the main building’s 14 units have sold, as has a detached cottage unit at 5803 Guthrie Ave. that sold last September for $850,000.

The Tiber is among several residential projects that have added density in and around Libbie and Grove in recent years. In addition to the Chadwick on Grove and Westhampton on Grove, a group of developers recently fitted a cluster of four single-family homes on two cleared lots on Maple Avenue, just around the corner from The Tiber.

Posner also spent 2019 gradually amassing property on a particular city block in Manchester.

Most recently he bought 1306 and 1308 Hull St. for a combined $350,000, though he doesn’t have plans at present for those.

He now owns over a dozen properties on the block bound by Hull, Decatur, East 14th and East 13th streets.

Posner said he’s gradually redeveloping some of the properties in the portfolio, including gutting 1312 and 1314 Hull St. He bought 1308 Rear Hull St. for $627,000 in March 2019 and is in talks to redevelop that now.

“It’s a beautiful, 4,000-square-foot building with an adjacent empty lot on the corner. We’ve had some talks with larger restaurant groups, and some guys that want to go out on their own and do a brewery,” Posner said.

“It just makes it easier to own them and control them than to have somebody come in,” Posner said.

In total, Posner has spent over $1.5 million on properties on that block since the beginning of 2019, city property records show.

BizSense reporter Mike Platania contributed to this report.

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The Manchester Business District has been redeveloping for several years now, with the final touches being done on the 1300 block and the new work beginning on the 1400 and 1500 blocks. RJ Smith has done a beautiful job and has some new ideas coming.