In December 2002, James Gandolfini, who plays brooding Tony Soprano on the HBO mob drama The Sopranos , divorced his wife, Marcella Wudarski-Gandolfini, and now Ms. Wudarski will keep the couple’s former West Village condo, city real-estate records show.
A copy of the deed on file with the city shows that in November, Mr. Gandolfini, 42, unloaded his adjoining apartments at 99 Jane Street for $2.5 million, and the apartments’ titles are now in Ms. Wudarski’s name. Through a spokesperson, Mr. Gandolfini declined to comment on the transfer or the terms of his recent divorce from Ms. Wudarski, a former public-relations consultant. Attorneys for Mr. Gandolfini and Ms. Wudarski declined to comment on the terms of the divorce settlement or the couple’s former West Village apartments on the corner of Washington Street and Jane Street.
In December 2002, State Supreme Court Justice Judith Gische-who has ruled on such celebrity break-ups as Rudy Giuliani and Donna Hanover and Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower-granted Ms. Wudarski a divorce after three years of marriage; they have a 3-year-old son.
The sale at 99 Jane Street caps a tumultuous two years of real-estate shuffles for Mr. Gandolfini at the exclusive West Village building that was designed by the prestigious architects Fox and Fowle, the firm that built the Condé Nast tower at 4 Times Square. City records show that in June 1999, Mr. Gandolfini paid $850,500 for a two-bedroom apartment on the second floor of the 11-story, 177,000-square-foot luxury development. In March 2002, Mr. Gandolfini and his wife purchased the adjacent apartment at 99 Jane Street for just over $1 million; three days later, the couple filed for divorce. The 1,367-square-foot condo featured two bedrooms, two baths (including a limestone master bath with a Jacuzzi and stall shower), maple floors, a wall of windows with eastern exposures and a gourmet kitchen that would do Carmela proud.
In March 2002, fellow Sopranos cast member (and current Stanley Tucci belle) Edie Falco also landed in the West Village when she purchased a townhouse at 97 Barrow Street, between Hudson and Greenwich streets, for $2.55 million.
Though Mr. Gandolfini has now lost two prized Manhattan properties, the blow was cushioned by his burgeoning real-estate portfolio. In addition to these two properties, city records show that in June 2001, Mr. Gandolfini purchased a three-bedroom loft at 429-35 Greenwich Street in Tribeca for $1.975 million, and now that he’s out at 99 Jane Street, the actor can retire to the actor-friendly nabe, which has been the home to fellow gangster-movie stars Robert De Niro ( GoodFellas ), Harvey Keitel ( Reservoir Dogs ) and Michael Imperioli, who appears on the HBO series as Christopher Moltisanti, Tony’s troubled nephew and presumptive capo -in-waiting for the New Jersey mob.
In January 2001, Mr. Gandolfini also purchased a 19th-century country house on five acres in Chester Township, N.J., for $1.14 million-a far cry from the northern Jersey suburbs where Mr. Gandolfini grew up.
Mr. Gandolfini isn’t the only high-profile owner who has recently unloaded his spread after a divorce. In October, following the rancorous split between former General Electric chairman John (Jack) Welch Jr. and his wife, Jane Beasley, Mr. Welch paid G.E. $10.7 million for the 47th-floor condo at 1 Central Park West that had been his corporate residence while he helmed the $131 billion company-all of which shows that, where real estate is concerned, love hurts!
When Fashion Week kicks off on Feb. 6 with a gaggle of headset-wearing publicists frantically scurrying around the tent at Bryant Park, Brazilian fashion designer Carlos Miele will have a new $4.15 million oasis in the meatpacking district to escape the frenzy. In December, Mr. Miele-whose chiffon dresses and flowing designs have given the label a dedicated following-purchased a 3,146-square-foot penthouse at 366 West 15th Street, in the eye of the perfect style storm: Fellow designers Stella McCartney, Alexander
Recent Transactions in the Real Estate Market
Upper West Side
215 West 92nd Street
Two-bedroom, two-bathroom co-op
Asking: $1.25 million. Selling: $1.2 million
Maintenance: $1,619; 35 percent tax-deductible
Time on the market: nine months
KITCHEN OF EXTINCTION For 20 years, the lucky tenant of this 1,700-square-foot spread between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway lived in rent-controlled bliss. But about a year ago, the tenant moved away and the six-room apartment hit the market. Since the apartment is controlled directly by the building’s co-op board, grabbing this listing was a clear way to get into the desirable Upper West Side building. “With a sponsor sale, there’s no approval process,” said Tim Carris of Coldwell Banker Hunt Kennedy, who represented the sponsors. Not so fast: When some buyers signed a contract to buy the place nine months ago, their complex renovation plans for the 13th-floor apartment caused the deal to fall through. Within two weeks of the apartment’s return to the market, two N.Y.U. professors fell for the West Side spread and its new amenities, including a stainless-steel kitchen with G.E. Profile appliances, three new marble baths and open views facing south. But even with the quality finish, the demanding buyers wanted more. “The owners are planning a new kitchen that matches their own taste,” Mr. Carris said. Jim Testa, a broker with Douglas Elliman, represented the buyers.
Battery Park City
21 South End Avenue
One-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom condo
Asking: $650,000. Selling: $607,500.
Time on market: 12 weeks.
IF YOU LIKE THAT SORT OF THING Since Sept. 11, downtown neighborhoods have seen a resurgence among buyers taking advantage of grants and subsidies meant to provide incentives for people to resettle the once-beleaguered area around Ground Zero. Well, the incentive programs have ended, but the brisk parade to such neighborhoods as Tribeca, the financial district and Battery Park City continues unabated. A Wall Street executive in his mid-30’s who had turned this 900-square-foot spread into a prime bachelor pad had to relocate to California, but found a British finance executive and his American fiancée to move in. They liked his two-year-old renovation of the apartment, with its open chef’s kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, Miele washer and dryer, master bathroom with a Jacuzzi and Italian terrazzo tile, and halogen track lighting. But the apartment’s most striking feature was its 18-foot ceilings and open southern views of the Statue of Liberty and New York harbor. “The Statue of Liberty floats in your living room,” said Douglas Elliman broker Katherine Vaccaro, who represented the seller along with fellow Elliman broker Dimitri Skretsas. “It was a sexy apartment, if you like that sort of thing,” she said. The new buyers can now enjoy the views from their living room and, if this Manhattan winter ever ends, from the building’s rooftop sun deck. They are also avid joggers, so the building’s location along the Battery Park esplanade is a plus. Douglas Elliman broker Vanessa Low represented the buyers.