Neighbors of Paul Sorvino may be rejoicing-and sleeping better-now that the veteran actor has sold his East 87th Street penthouse. City records show that earlier this year, Mr. Sorvino, 65, unloaded his 1,900-square-foot penthouse at 110 East 87th Street for $2.1 million. According to the New York Post , Mr. Sorvino’s daughter Amanda had lived in the two-bedroom, two-bathroom spread with her two German shepherds, whose nightly howls left neighbors in a sleepless tizzy. At the time, one neighbor quipped to Page Six: “What we do object to is unleashing them on the terrace and letting them bark at all hours, sometimes very late into the night.”
Through a spokesperson, Mr. Sorvino declined to comment about his recent Upper East Side sale.
The apartment, just east of Park Avenue, was first listed back in May 2003 for $2.45 million with Roger Erickson, a broker with William B. May who is now with Sotheby’s International Realty.
“We had three people bidding on the apartment. To find a prewar condo steps from Park Avenue was very attractive to the buyers. And Paul is a very respected actor; it lent some cachet to the place,” Mr. Erickson said.
A young investment banker and his wife were the lucky winners of the bidding war for the six-room spread.
The building was built in 1926, and this apartment has wraparound terraces, a library, a formal dining room, an eat-in chef’s kitchen and a wood-burning fireplace. Mr. Sorvino purchased the prewar apartment for $760,000 in 1990, the same year he appeared in the celebrated mob movie Goodfellas.
According to Mr. Erickson, Ms. Sorvino is now relocating up to the country near Woodstock, N.Y.
Mr. Sorvino, a Brooklyn native and the father of actress Mira Sorvino, was born in 1939 and has been in more than 40 movies in the past decade, appearing as Henry Kissinger in Nixon (1995), Fulgencio Capulet in the reprise of Romeo + Juliet (1996) and recently alongside William H. Macy in 2003 casino-drama The Cooler .
With the right kind of money, it’s not so hard to find a real gem. Since 1979, Madison Avenue jeweler David Yurman has been creating fashionable-and pricey-baubles, including his signature Cable Bracelet finished in a twisted-helix design of sterling silver and 18-karat gold. Now he’s trained his discerning eye on Manhattan real estate.
City records show that Mr. Yurman recently bought a 7,000-square-foot triplex loft on Greenwich Street for $6.27 million. The loft was owned by an art collector from the Midwest, and agents had been listing the place for $6.5 million since 2003. Mr. Yurman went to contract on the four-bedroom apartment in March and closed on the place the following month. Mr. Yurman was unavailable for comment about his new triplex loft.
His new downtown spread, built by the prestigious Rogers Marvel Architects atop a six-story brick building between Spring and Canal streets on the border of Tribeca and Soho, has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two wood-burning fireplaces, 12-foot ceilings, a 27-foot window facing the Hudson River, and a sprawling 4,000-square-foot roof terrace finished in stone and Brazilian ipe wood.
Daniel Douglas, Corcoran’s top-producing West Side broker, represented the seller along with fellow Corcoran broker Eileen LaMorte. Mr. Douglas declined to comment. Haley Lieberman Binn, of Stribling and Associates, represented Mr. Yurman.
Want to live like royalty? The opulent Upper East Side townhouse belonging to Austrian Princess Alexandra Schoenburg-Hartenstein just landed on the market for $10.5 million. The four-story residence at 123 East 71st Street was a prized possession of Ms. Schoenburg, 58, the wife of Greek-playboy-turned-conservative-media-magnate Taki Theodoracopulos, who founded The American Conservative with former Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan.
“It’s a beautiful townhouse. It’s not her primary residence, and she didn’t need so much space anymore. They have places in other parts of the world,” said exclusive broker Carmen M. Perez of the Corcoran Group, explaining the reasons Ms. Schoenburg recently listed the spread. “We haven’t started showing yet. The first open house is next week, and we expect a lot of interest.”
The townhouse’s indiscreet charms include five bedrooms, a master suite with a wood-burning fireplace and his-and-her bathrooms en suite , a library, a finished basement and a private rear garden.
Ms. Schoenburg lived in the mansion, between Park and Lexington avenues, for more than 20 years. City records show the princess purchased the spread in 1980 for an unroyal $700,000, and in the intervening years, the property has increased in value by more than 15 times to its current eight-figure sum.
Ms. Schoenburg couldn’t be reached for comment. Mr. Theodoracopulos, who was traveling in Europe, declined to comment through a spokesperson.