Months before the news broke in August 2000 that Daily News publisher Mortimer Zuckerman was separating from his wife, Marla Prather, he’d sold his house in Washington, D.C., to Jonathan Schiller, the law partner of David Boies, of Gore and Microsoft fame. Now comes word that Ms. Prather, who has since been dating Mr. Schiller, is getting her own house from Mr. Zuckerman-this time in the Hamptons, and on Mr. Zuckerman’s tab.
“I bought it so that my ex-wife would have a home in the Hamptons,” Mr. Zuckerman told The Observer . And the $1.55 million getaway home is just a mile away from Mr. Zuckerman’s residence in East Hampton.
Mr. Zuckerman, who made his fortune as a real-estate developer and later went on to amass a media empire that includes the Daily News , The Atlantic Monthly and U.S. News & World Report , met Ms. Prather in September 1996 at an opening of an art exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where she was then curator of the department of 20th-century art.
In July of 1997, Ms. Prather gave birth to their daughter, Abigail, but by August 2000 the gossip columns were reporting that she and Mr. Zuckerman were separating.
Almost a year later, their divorce was final-and the tabloids were abuzz with news that Ms. Prather was dating Mr. Schiller.
But the hand-off from Mr. Zuckerman to Mr. Schiller had already begun: Even before news broke of Ms. Prather and Mr. Zuckerman’s separation, Mr. Schiller had bought Mr. Zuckerman’s house in Washington, D.C. Calls to Mr. Schiller’s office were not immediately returned.
Ms. Prather, now a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, will be moving into a five-bedroom, three-bathroom home that sits on 1.5 acres of waterfront property on Three Mile Harbor Bay. According to a broker familiar with the property, it’s a “shingle, postmoderny type of house” with approximately 4,000 square feet over two levels. The house’s second story-the family room-is actually one level beneath the entrance level, but it’s not underground, as the property’s grade slopes downward toward the water. The sliding doors on that level open to a patio and pool.
The house was last owned by Patrick Fusaro, the Long Island residential real-estate developer who built the place. Neither he nor Ms. Prather could be reached for comment by press time.
Julianne’s New York Moorings Make Her and Bart a Million
Julianne Moore has proven what a savvy New Yorker she is, betting early on the now much-maligned meatpacking district-and now having a million dollars to show for her real-estate acuity.
She and director-boyfriend Bart Freundlich moved out of their old place months ago with their first child and another on the way. But they didn’t leave the neighborhood behind when others had pronounced it “over”-opting instead to take a three-bedroom loft on a higher floor in the converted factory building.
Now they’ve sold the place they left on the second floor for $1.95 million-after buying it for only $900,000 in July of 1999, city records show. Her old 2,573-square-foot loft space has two and a half baths, stainless-steel appliances, hardwood floors and a terrace of nearly 250 square feet.
Her publicist said that she moved upstairs to her new place about two months ago. Debbie Korb, the Sotheby’s sales agent on the deal, did not return calls for comment.
Ms. Moore will be returning to the screen this year alongside Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Ed Harris in The Hours -an adaptation of fellow Villager Michael Cunningham’s 1998 novel that takes off on a riff from Virginia Woolf’s 1923 modernist classic, Mrs. Dalloway .
Denise Rich Sells East Side Condo
Denise Rich, Grammy-nominated songwriter and ex-wife of pardoned fugitive Marc Rich, has sold the $1.4 million Upper East Side condo she owned in trust with her son-in-law, Philip Aouad. Their apartment’s new owner, Lorraine Thelian-a partner at the Ketchum public-relations firm-said she didn’t know whom she was buying the place from until the last minute. “I didn’t know anything about it, but that was the gossip going around on the closing day.”
The apartment, a three-bedroom, 1,900-square-foot condominium at the Promenade, a luxury high-rise on 76th Street at the East River, was Mr. Aouad’s primary residence. Ms. Rich, who lives in a Fifth Avenue penthouse, jointly owned the apartment as a trustee for the estate of her late daughter, Gabrielle, who married Mr. Aouad in 1993, but died of leukemia three years later at age 27. Mr. Aouad, a commodities trader for the Refco Group, is moving to Spain on business with his new wife, Tatiana Arelle, whom Mr. Aouad wed in 2001. “They love Europe,” said Kieron Kawall, a spokesman for Denise Rich. “They decided to relocate to Spain, but they will still be in New York quite a lot.”
Mr. Aouad met Gabrielle Rich in 1991 while they were attending New York University’s intensive film program. Life imitated art when the two fell in love while filming a story in which they played lovers. The next year, Gabrielle was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. She later went into remission, and in 1993 the two were wed. But in May of 1996, a diagnosis of leukemia proved too much for the Hodgkin’s survivor; she died that September. Shortly thereafter, Denise Rich and Mr. Aouad founded the G&P Foundation for Cancer Research.
Ms. Shari Markoff, a sales agent for Insignia Douglas Elliman who brokered the deal for Ms. Thelian, said the apartment was in triple-mint condition, and has views that make you feel “like you’re on top of the water.” The apartment has a bar, a balcony and a fully wired surround-sound system.
upper east side
40 East 84th Street
Five-bedroom, six-bathroom co-op.
Asking: $3.5 million. Selling: $3.25 million.
Maintenance: $3,819; 50 percent tax-deductible.
Time on the market: one year.
THE MODEL HOME Some apartments seem to sell themselves. Take this Upper East Side co-op off Madison Avenue, which was serving as a display studio for internationally renowned interior designer Kenneth Alpert. The man who styled Mary Tyler Moore’s Upper East Side digs (earning a feature in InStyle ) in the mid-1990′s always kept this place fresh-and even got the studio its own design feature in House & Garden . “It looked exactly how you expect from a world-class designer,” said Ashforth Warburg managing director Richard Steinberg, who brokered the deal. Complimentary light beige tones and muted, traditional floral prints dominate the designer’s palette, which seems right for this 3,500-square-foot place, which features a paneled library, a maid’s room, and an impressive array of contemporary paintings and sculptures. Unfortunately, the art doesn’t come with the place.
upper west side
545 West End Avenue (the Florence)
Two-bedroom, one-bathroom co-op.
Asking: $610,000. Selling: $610,000.
Maintenance: $856; 35 percent tax-deductible.
Time on the market: four months.
GO WITH THE FLOW When this apartment first went on the market in mid-December, the sellers had a tough time generating interest in the place. Post-9/11 jitters and Christmas-time market sluggishness were just the beginning: “It was awkward,” said Insignia Douglas Elliman senior vice president Toni Haber when she described the condition of the place. “It just didn’t flow.” So when the sellers went to scope out some new digs for themselves in Calgary, Ms. Haber “had two friends move the furniture around to make it more feng shui.” The living room’s new setup offers treetop views of West End Avenue. When the sellers returned to find their place rearranged, Ms. Haber didn’t get in trouble for her little intervention: A buyer had already offered the full price for the place.
410 Central Park West
Four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom co-op.
Asking: $1.399 million. Selling: $1.315 million.
Maintenance: $1,960; 22 percent tax-deductible.
Time on the market: six weeks.
If you want a duplex family apartment on Central Park West with a price tag below $2 million, you’re going to have to think outside the box-or break through it, as was the case in this building. When two apartments-one directly above the other-came on the market in this prewar co-op, the units’ sales agents realized that they had a unique opportunity. “We told both owners that their apartments were worth more together than individually,” said Corcoran vice president Donald Artig, who worked with Corcoran broker Ann Butler on the deal. Once they got the green light from both owners, Ms. Butler and Mr. Artig began to market the two apartments as a single duplex unit, with promises of sprawling park views from every room. A London family saw the listing on the Internet and had a relative check the place out. Based on the relative’s advice, they put in an offer on the duplex-to-be, sight unseen. Ms. Butler said the new owners’ plans for the 2,400-square-foot space call for a “grand, open, loft-like kitchen-dining-living-room space” on the first floor and bedrooms up above. “Even with complete gut renovation-figure at least $300,000 to $400,000-they’re still coming out ahead,” said Ms. Butler, who estimated that a comparable Central Park West duplex would run at least $2,500,000.
115 East 36th Street
One-bedroom, one-bathroom co-op
Asking: $448,000. Selling: $435,000.
Maintenance: $692; 70 percent tax-deductible.
Time on the market: 12 weeks.
When Commodore Perry returned from his travels in Japan in 1857, he constructed this five-story townhouse on 36th Street between Park and Lexington avenues. Later occupants of the now-landmarked building have included John Bouvier, father of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. At the height of the Depression, the building’s owner carved the townhouse up into seven apartment units, and they went co-op in 1981. But because it’s such a small cooperative, there’s no money for a managing agent. So when a commercial real-estate developer stepped forward with an offer to buy the third-floor unit, the shareholders were quick to welcome him in. “The buyer knows a lot of things about buildings and their mechanicals, and that’s a tremendous asset,” said Bellmarc vice president Anthony Miller, who lives in the building and brokered the deal. “If you have a question about a hot water tank-which it so happens we do-this is the kind of individual who could make a meaningful contribution in the decision-making process.” The 830-square-foot third-floor unit has 11-foot ceilings, two working fireplaces and backyard garden views.