Generosa Ammon Pelosi, the widow of slain financier Ted Ammon, has taken off the market the $10.5 million East Hampton home where her husband was found bludgeoned to death last October. The property has been on the market since January, but neither Ms. Ammon Pelosi nor her broker at Sotheby’s International Realty could be reached to comment on the development.
“A lawyer involved with the property called and said it was absolutely off the market,” said an East End real-estate agent. “We have no idea why.”
Ammon bought the house, located at 59 Middle Lane, in 1992 for $2.7 million, and later remodeled it into a much larger residence. The six-bedroom English country-style home became an object of dispute during Ammon’s divorce from Ms. Ammon Pelosi last year. Ms. Ammon Pelosi reportedly put the house on the market without Ammon’s knowledge, and when he found out, quickly had it delisted.
The 52-year-old investment banker was found murdered on Oct. 22, and the case remains unsolved. As his divorce proceedings were not finalized before his death, the titles to his numerous property holdings in Manhattan and the Hamptons passed to Ms. Ammon Pelosi. She added Pelosi to her name three months after her husband’s death by marrying Danny Pelosi, an electrician who had contracted to rewire Ammon’s East 87th Street townhouse. The two now live together in Mr. Pelosi’s hometown of Center Moriches, Long Island.
To date, Ms. Ammon Pelosi has sold four of the properties she inherited after her husband’s death. They include a co-op apartment at 1125 Fifth Avenue for $9.5 million, the 87th Street townhouse for $8 million, a house in Surrey, England, for $7.5 million and a commercial property in East Hampton for $3.7 million. A condo apartment on the Upper West Side is on the market for $900,000.
The Good Hearth: Former Home of Lenny Kravitz and Pearl S. Buck on the Market for $8.5 Million
A Murray Hill townhouse that has been home to a protégée of Auguste Rodin’s, as well as author Pearl S. Buck and rocker Lenny Kravitz, hit the market this week for $8.5 million. The house, at 157 East 35th Street, was built in 1890 for American sculptor Malvina Hoffman, Rodin’s longtime pupil, whose busts of public figures remain on display in New York museums. In the 1930’s, The Good Earth author Pearl S. Buck took up residence at what was then a small carriage house, located between Third and Lexington avenues and overlooking a planted private courtyard called Sniffen Court.
In 1996, Mr. Kravitz bought the place for $1.485 million, with the idea that he could live and work there. Eventually, the ground floor became a recording studio, wallpapered with a black soundproofing fabric, and the two-car garage became half parking facility, half disco. He sold it in 1999 for $1.76 million, before buying an $8 million, 7,000-square-foot multi-level penthouse at 30 Crosby Street, last reported on the market in January for $16 million. In that apartment, Mr. Kravitz earned notoriety for a massive renovation by designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz that included suspended staircases, a communal shower in the hallway of the second floor and a urinal in the master bathroom.
His renovation on the townhouse had also been a bit eccentric, though for different reasons. “There was not an ounce of light in the whole downstairs,” the broker on the deal told The Observer at the time. “It was covered in black fur.”
The seller, a businessman with a family, then put around $1 million into a complete gut renovation that added three stories and outdoor terraces to what had previously been a relatively modest structure.
“It’s flooded with light from four sides in the way that it’s now constructed,” said the listing broker, Paula Del Nunzio of Brown Harris Stevens.
The five-story building has approximately 8,000 square feet-with an additional 1,100 square feet spread over the three terraces. There are four main bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, a living room, dining room, library, main kitchen and two additional serving kitchens. And, in a rarity for Murray Hill, the building also has a private garage.
Upper East Side
333 East 69th Street Two-bedroom, two-bathroom co-op. Asking: $740,000. Selling: $730,000. Maintenance: $1,185; 50 percent tax-deductible. Time on the market: under a week.
PUTTINGGREENFIRST For years, a gardener who works for the city had been living with disappointment: Her north-facing apartment never got enough sunlight to allow her plants to blossom. So when her doorman tipped her off that the south-facing, terraced apartment right across the hall from her had just hit the market, she got on the phone to Bellmarc brokers Julie and Lewis Friedman within minutes. “The primary drive was the ability to have her plants flourish,” said Ms. Friedman. “She’s serious about her florals.” The seller of the apartment, a single woman, was heading off to pursue greener pastures herself-in her case, the golf courses of Florida. Before retiring, she had been a consultant who sat on the board of numerous city foundations-and even recently served as a judge on the Miss America panel. But the golf bug bit hard-and though Manhattan may be many things, it is most definitely not a Mecca for golfers. “She couldn’t fulfill that passion in New York City,” said Ms. Friedman. “So she’s moving to Florida.”
333 East 68th Street Two-bedroom, three-bathroom co-op. Asking: $945,000. Selling: $945,000. Maintenance: $1,481; 38 percent tax-deductible. Time on the market: two and half weeks.
THE BUYER YOU KNOW When the young couple that used to own this apartment first moved in, they were expecting their first baby girl. After she was born, they had another girl. And then another. And then another. At that point, the apartment-even with the extra maid’s room-was simply too small to house Mom, Dad and four young girls, but they were heartbroken at the prospect of leaving their home, a classic-six spread with high ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace and a formal dining room. After determining that there was nothing else on the market in their building that could fit the whole clan comfortably, Mom and Dad put an ad in the paper to try to sell the apartment themselves. When that didn’t work, Corcoran vice president Kathy Mulkeen brought in a young couple who had plans to start a family of their own. To familiarize themselves with the building, that couple stood outside the front door and started making inquiries of everyone walking in. Coincidentally, they happened upon the sellers of their intended apartment, and the couples fast became friends. “It was very hard for my clients to sell their home,” said Ms. Mulkeen. “But it made them much more comfortable when they saw that the buyers were such lovely people. They’re good friends now. I don’t know if that happens often.”
Battery Park City
350 Albany Street Three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo. Asking: $1.295 million. Selling: $1.25 million. Charges: $2,840. Time on the market: two months.
SCHOOL RULES When the Sept. 11 attack forced residents of Battery Park City to find new accommodations, the owners of this condominiumheadedoutto Bergen County, N.J. It was supposed to be a temporary move, but their two children ended up adjusting so well to their new school that their parents couldn’t bear to uproot them again. As a result, their Battery Park condo has stayed largely vacant since the attacks-the children’s father, an investment banker, only uses it sporadically. Meanwhile, in an apartment on the Upper East Side, a couple with two growing children were clamoring for more space. “The bigger kids get, the more toys they get,” explained their broker, Katherine Vaccaro, an associate broker at Insignia Douglas Elliman, whose colleague Vanessa Low assisted on the deal. “One of them plays the piano.” The couple started shopping down in Battery Park city because the local school-P.S. 89-is among the best in the city, and because they liked the neighborhood’s almost-suburban feel. That feeling was heightened by the maisonette style of the apartment: Technically a condo, the duplex unit starts on the ground floor of the 15-story building and has its own entrance on the street, as well as a porch, a garden and a backyard.
41 Sidney Place Six-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom townhouse. Asking: $2.6 million. Selling: $2.42 million. Taxes: $6,310. Time on the market: three months.
HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS When the woman who owned this house passed away, her three grown children decided it was time they found a new owner for their childhood home. Their mother had been an artist-painting and sculpting, among other things-and her work was displayed throughout most of the house and huge backyard. Highlights included a 15-foot-tall totem pole and a metallic church façade that hung from a side fence. Two offers came in at around the same price-but it wasn’t a tough call for the three children. One offer came from a husband and wife who were both artists. They and their two children had been displaced on Sept. 11, and they were thrilled by the idea of putting up their own works around the property. “The [sellers'] three children were ecstatic to not only have another family coming in, but a family that had this artistic background to them,” said the broker, Cheryl Nielsen-Saaf, a senior vice president at the Corcoran Group. The 1840’s townhouse is five stories tall and 23 feet wide. The new owners are planning on remodeling the roof to make room in the attic for either a playroom or a studio. Linda Wolff of the Corcoran Group co-listed on the deal.