Actress Tatum O’Neal has opened the doors to her three-bedroom Central Park West co-op. Ms. O’Neal, the youngest-ever Academy Award winner and ex-wife of tennis great John McEnroe, is asking $4.5 million for her 2,900-square-foot apartment, located on the 16th floor of the El Dorado, just off 90th Street.
The apartment looks directly over the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and the next owner will share a floor with U2 front man Paul Hewson-a.k.a. Bono-who has an apartment two doors down.
Ms. O’Neal bought the apartment in 1996 for $2 million. The grand-scale co-op has three bathrooms, a maid’s room and bath, an eat-in kitchen, a formal dining room and north, east and west exposures.
The apartment’s listing agent, Roger Erickson Sr., managing director of William B. May, had no comment on the sale.
Ms. O’Neal shot to instant stardom in 1973 when, at 10 years old, she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a precocious con artist in Paper Moon , in which she starred alongside her father, Ryan O’Neal, Farrah Fawcett’s longtime paramour. She solidified that standing in the 1976 smash The Bad News Bears , but a string of disappointing roles followed, and she quickly fell out of Hollywood favor.
In 1984, the 20-year-old Ms. O’Neal met Mr. McEnroe, then 25, at a party in Los Angeles, and they were married two years later. They had three children together, but their union dissolved acrimoniously in 1991. Their hostility toward one another was made very public this summer with the publication of Mr. McEnroe’s memoir, You Cannot Be Serious , which painted Ms. O’Neal as an unfit mother, in large part because of her admitted lifelong battle with drug addiction. She subsequently went on a public-relations offensive-including a People magazine cover story and a Barbara Walters 20/20 special-to counter some of her ex-husband’s charges. Ms. O’Neal is currently attempting an acting comeback with a starring role in The Technical Writer , an independent film hunting for a distributor, and she has also signed a deal with HarperCollins to write her memoirs.
Nightclub owner David Marvisi has purchased the East 65th Street townhouse that was the focal point of one of New York’s most sensational murder cases. Mr. Marvisi, who owns the popular Manhattan nightspots Exit, Spa and Capitale, is the new owner of 20 East 65th Street, the former home of slain socialite Irene Silverman.
Prosecutors believe it was at this address that mother-and-son grifter team Sante and Kenneth (Kenny) Kimes murdered the 82-year-old Silverman in 1998, in a bizarre attempt to gain possession of the property for themselves. Both Kimeses are currently serving several life terms for Silverman’s murder, and the pair is currently awaiting trial for another murder in California.
Mr. Marvisi did not immediately return calls at press time, and his broker at Stribling declined to comment on the sale.
For years, 20 East 65th Street was the house that wouldn’t sell, as the property’s original asking price of $15 million was reduced several times over the last few years to the last asking price of $11.5 million. Mr. Marvisi, however, was able to strike an even better deal on the building that some brokers had taken to calling “jinxed.” According to city records, Mr. Marvisi closed on the townhouse on Sept. 10 for $7.5 million.
Ms. Kimes, who is believed to be 68, and her son first met Irene Silverman, a wealthy Manhattan widow, at an anti-aging conference, and they later rented one of the apartments Silverman let out on 65th Street. A month later, Silverman had disappeared. Though the Kimeses steadfastly maintained their innocence, they were found guilty on 118 counts, including murder, burglary and robbery. Both are currently standing trial in California for the shooting death of David Kazdin, a former business associate.
upper east side
781 Fifth Avenue (the Sherry-Netherland)
Two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom co-op.
Asking: $2.995 million. Selling: $2.8 million.
Maintenance: $6,979; 24 percent tax-deductible.
Time on the market: four weeks.
klondike surprise A single woman who runs a large European corporation decided to buy at the Sherry-Netherland because a good friend of hers already lived in the building. After settling on this 1,900-square-foot mint-condition unit, she jetted off to the West Coast and boarded a cruise bound for Alaska. That made it a bit difficult for her broker, Laurance Kaiser, president of Key Ventures Inc., to negotiate the minutiae of the deal. “I told the listing broker it was difficult for my client to sign a contract because she was on an Alaskan cruise,” he said. At which point the listing broker did a double take: Her client-the seller of the apartment-was on an Alaskan cruise, too. The very same cruise, in fact. A few phone calls later, the buyer and the seller found themselves sitting down to dinner and drinks on deck. “They got along famously,” said Mr. Kaiser. “They made each other feel secure that they were both real buyers and sellers.” The apartment at the Sherry-Netherland has an eat-in kitchen, a wet bar and a marble entrance gallery.
222 West 14th Street (the Sequoia)
Two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo.
Asking: $950,000. Selling: $900,000.
Charges: $583. Taxes: $557.
Time on the market: two weeks.
carpetbaggers This condo’s previous owner is a furniture designer and interior decorator who once dolled up Tom Brokaw’s country house and is currently at work on Lorraine Bracco’s spread in New Jersey, in addition to the Long Island estate of the owners of Arizona Iced Tea. But that’s just a side gig: He also owns Toad Hall-a furniture shop at ABC Carpet & Home on 19th Street and Broadway. And the furnishings on sale there come from the furniture factory he owns in Cooperstown, N.Y. His 1,000-square-foot, ninth-floor condo was originally configured as two separate units, but he combined them about a year and a half ago and filled them with antique-style furniture. “It has an old European, Parisian feel,” said the apartment’s exclusive listing agent, Ryan Fix, of Insignia Douglas Elliman. In place of the wall that once separated the two units, there now stands a huge teakwood door from Thailand; the master bed is draped with a lace canopy, and the bed frame is made from medium-sized tree branches. The new buyers-he’s a real-estate attorney buying the place as an investment-said the teak door had to go, but the wife loved the owners’ Norwegian rug so much that the designer gave it to her at the closing as a present. “She was ecstatic,” said Mr. Fix. A balcony runs across the entire living room, which has open midtown views, and the new owners have already rented the place out for $4,500 a month.
105 Montague Street
Two-bedroom, one-and-half-bathroom co-op.
Asking: $545,000. Selling: $550,000.
Maintenance: $952; 55 percent tax-deductible.
Time on the market: four weeks.
a fine refinance The new owner of this Brooklyn Heights apartment just extracted that rarest of all exchanges from his co-op board: quid pro quo. The apartment’s previous owners were in a rush to relocate to Paris, but they knew their co-op board was particularly choosy, so it was all the more important to find a buyer who would be suitable to the board. Thus, when five offers came in after their open house, the sellers-she’s in the art world, he’s in finance-didn’t end up going with the highest bid. “They went with a single guy with a lot of money in the bank,” said the apartment’s listing agent, Judah Domke, of the Corcoran Group. The buyer, a vice president at J.P. Morgan, did go on to pass the board interview-but there was a hitch: After the two parties had gone into contract, the co-op board announced that maintenance fees were going up. But rather than walk away from the property-a 1,200-square-foot duplex with northern exposures and a common roof deck-the buyer suggested a compromise: He’d pay the extra maintenance if the sellers would let him take advantage of the just-lowered interest rates and refinance his mortgage, thus lowering his carrying costs. It was a deal. “It’s rare for interest rates to drop [while you're in contract],” said Mr. Domke. “Luckily, there was something to work with to make the buyer happy.”
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Times Scion Buys Upper West Side Condo for Wife, Gail Gregg’s Painting Studio
New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. may be in the process of constructing a soaring new tower for his company near Times Square, but he made a somewhat smaller expansion on the Upper West Side this summer, with the purchase of a one-bedroom apartment that his wife is using for an art studio. Mr. Sulzberger and his wife, Gail Gregg, closed in August on a 738-square-foot condo at 104 West 70th Street, for which they paid $615,000, according to city records. Though Mr. Sulzberger and Ms. Gregg declined to comment for this article, her Web site lists the address as the office of her painting studio.
Mr. Sulzberger, who inherited The Times’ publishing reins from his father in 1992, met Ms. Gregg in 1974, and they have two children.
According to Ms. Gregg’s Web site, her minimalist and geometric paintings comment on “the manmade divisions superimposed on the vast wilderness west of the Mississippi.” Perhaps the north and south exposures of her 11th-floor studio will inspire her to comment on the man-made jungle east of the Hudson.