Kay LeRoy is spreading her wings. Again.
Ms. LeRoy, ex-wife of the late restaurateur Warner LeRoy, has bought a third unit in her Greenwich Village apartment building, increasing her holdings there to a total of 7,200 square feet.
In late July, Ms. LeRoy paid $1.33 million for a 1,600-square-foot one-bedroom apartment at a loft building called the Greenwich, at 65 West 13th Street. The eighth-floor unit sits directly next to the other two apartments that Ms. LeRoy already owns in the building.
At this rate, her downtown spread will soon begin to approximate the apartment she and her husband owned at the Dakota. For over 20 years, the couple held court in a lavish 18-room duplex penthouse apartment at the fabled Central Park West building. Together, they reigned over an empire that included the equally fabled Tavern on the Green and the now-defunct Russian Tea Room. After their divorce in 1999-in which Ms. LeRoy was awarded $22 million and the couple’s house in Amagansett-she enrolled at New York University and began to house-hunt in the neighborhood.
Ms. LeRoy became interested in the Greenwich in the summer of 2001, after her then 22-year-old daughter, Jennifer-who became the chief executive of Mr. LeRoy’s empire after his death in February of 2001-bought an apartment there a year earlier. Kay LeRoy’s first purchase, on July 2, 2001, was an unfinished, $2.87million, 2,838-square-foot unit. In the winter of 2002, she made her second purchase-another unfinished unit, this time 2,800 square feet-for $1.68 million. Ms. LeRoy didn’t return calls for comment.
According to the Department of Buildings, Ms. LeRoy has yet to file any renovation or combination plans for the apartments.
RECENT TRANSACTIONS IN THE REAL ESTATE MARKET
UPPER WEST SIDE
155 West 80th Street
Three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom co-op.
Asking: $675,000. Selling: $685,000.
Maintenance: $1,164; 50 percent tax-deductible.
Time on the market: three days.
IMAN OF THE HOUSE In the mid-1980′s, supermodel Iman and her first husband, N.B.A. star Spencer Haywood, lived in this duplex apartment, which occupies the first two floors of a turn-of-the-century five-story building. The downstairs/upstairs split of the master and two smaller bedrooms worked out well for the couple, who shared the space with their daughter, Zulekha. But by the late 1980′s, the glam couple had divorced and Iman was ready to move out. Corcoran Group vice president Joy Weiner had the exclusive on the apartment back then. “It was the greatest apartment to sell,” she said. “I walked in and there was this beauty fest going on.” Iman-who married rock legend David Bowie in 1992-ended up selling her apartment to a single father who owns M2L, a contemporary designer-furniture company. He redid the place in clean, sleek modernist lines, with custom lighting running the length of the long hallway. Ms. Weiner, who got the exclusive on the apartment again, recently found the furniture designer an apartment on Central Park West. She sold his duplex on West 80th Street to a young couple who were relocating from downtown and are expecting their first child: She’s a photographer who shoots a lot of portraits, and he’s an active partner in several well-known Manhattan restaurants. “Several of his restaurants are uptown, and the Upper West Side lifestyle is perfect for a young couple with a child,” said Ms. Weiner. (Iman, by the way, now owns a sprawling loft at 285 Lafayette Street with Mr. Bowie. The Observer also recently reported that the couple bought an undeveloped mountain outside of Woodstock, N.Y.)
UPPER EAST SIDE
18 East 68th Street
Six-story, 13-unit townhouse.
Asking: $10.5 million. Selling: $7.6 million.
Time on the market: five months.
IN THE DOG HOUSE In 1894, Henry T. Sloane, heir to the world-famous W. and J. Sloane home-furnishing company, decided to commission 9 East 72nd Street, a 54-foot-wide townhouse that many experts consider the finest example of Beaux-Arts architecture still existing in the city. Things were going well: Mr. Sloane’s company was providing carpeting for the Waldorf-Astoria, the coronation of Czar Nicholas II and countless homes of New York’s high society. The townhouse was completed in 1896. In retrospect, Mr. Sloane might have been better off settling for a rental. For within one year of moving in with his family, the home-furnishing executive began feuding with his wife, and he soon thereafter moved into a hotel. The couple divorced in 1899, and they soon vacated the 54-foot-wide colossus. In 1904, Mr. Sloane commissioned this 36-foot-wide residence on East 68th Street as a place to house himself and his daughters-whom Mr. Sloane did not allow their mother to see until they were 21. (His 54-foot-wide mansion, by the way, was purchased by the Lycée Français in 1964, and the Lycée sold it last year to the Emir of Qatar.) In 1942, the East 68th Street residence was converted into rental units, and in 1960, Broadway producers Hardy Smith and Peter Glenville picked up the deed. After they both died, the property passed to a foundation handling their estate. That foundation sold the rental building just last week to real-estate developer James Rinsler, who, according to Citi-Habitats associate broker Phyllis Pezenik, has not yet decided what to do with the property. Ms. Pezenik co-brokered this deal with Paul Massey, president of Massey Knakal Realty Services.
252 Seventh Avenue
Three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo.
Asking: $1.895 million. Selling: $1.895 million.
Charges: $957. Taxes: $1,064.
Time on the market: two months.
MODERN MATURITY As the managing director of her family’s philanthropic foundation, this single woman in her late 30′s has found many honorable and worthy ways to spend money. But when it comes to real estate, she’s had a much harder time finding an outlet for her cash. For the last 20 years, she has been renting apartments in New York, unable to commit to any single perch. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, I didn’t know where in the city I wanted to live,” she said. “Mostly I regret that, because I could have bought [a place] five, 10 or 15 years ago, when it would have been a great deal.” On the other hand, she said, “I also had a chance to live in some really cool places by renting.” The place she settled on was the Chelsea Mercantile, where she’s within walking distance of subways and friends. There’s also that great Whole Foods grocery store in the building’s ground floor. Her 2,200-square-foot unit has a limestone bath, granite countertops, cherry cabinets and stainless-steel appliances. Vanessa Low, a vice president at Douglas Elliman, represented the buyer on the deal.