Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s longstanding musical sidekick, has doubled his West Side real-estate holdings with the recent addition of a second apartment in the luxurious condo building at 3 Lincoln Center. Mr. Shaffer and his wife Catherine recently snatched up a 1,675-square-foot condo in the 60-story development on West 66th Street for $1.42 million, city records show. The two-bedroom spread, just steps from Lincoln Center, is next-door to an apartment that the couple has owned for the past 10 years.
Their new two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom spread has city and river views, hardwood floors and was finished in a modern style.
“It had spectacular Hudson River views overlooking New Jersey,” exclusive broker Mika Sakamoto of Sotheby’s International Realty said, though she declined to comment about the buyers’ identity. She did say the new owners plan to combine the two units into a four-bedroom apartment.
Mr. Shaffer was unavailable for comment about his West Side purchase. According to Ms. Sakamoto, the seller was an overseas investor who had rented the property since the mid-1990′s before recently selling to Mr. Shaffer.
The apartment, which is also listed with the address 160 West 66th Street, first hit the market in September 2003 for $1.59 million, before going to contract this spring for $1.42 million. In 1994, Mr. Shaffer and his wife purchased their current spread for just over $1 million, according to the listing system shared by brokers. The three-bedroom apartment covered 1,931 square feet and had three and a half bathrooms and full city and Central Park views.
The 60-story building between Broadway and Amsterdam is just steps from Juilliard, and was built in 1991. Along with 344 well-appointed individual apartments, the development has an underground parking garage, a health club with an indoor swimming pool and a sauna.
Mr. Shaffer’s choice to spread his roots at 3 Lincoln Center may stem from the easy commute the building affords to the Ed Sullivan Theater at 51 West 52nd Street, where he and Mr. Letterman hold court. Originally from Ontario, Mr. Shaffer, 54, first landed on television in 1975 as part of the original band on Saturday Night Live . He made a foray into acting in 1977 when he appeared on the Norman Lear–produced CBS comedy series A Year at the Top , and has since appeared in Rob Reiner’s This Is Spinal Tap and played alongside Bill Murray in Scrooged and John Travolta in Look Who’s Talking Too . He has been with Mr. Letterman since 1982.
But Mr. Shaffer has never strayed far from his musical roots, having added the chart-topping dance number “It’s Raining Men” to his credits, as well as being appointed musical director and producer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria, and the musical director of the closing concert at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
Susan Bloomberg, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s British-born ex-wife, has just gone to contract on her penthouse at 660 Park Avenue, a source close to the building said. Ms. Bloomberg had sought $9.5 million for the 13th-floor apartment that she had listed since April. The nine-room penthouse has a terrace, a library, a wood-burning fireplace and leaded glass windows. According to a source familiar with the transaction, Ms. Bloomberg achieved close to her desired sale price.
Beverly Goodwin, a senior vice president with Sotheby’s International Realty who held the exclusive on Ms. Bloomberg’s Park Avenue spread, didn’t return calls for comment. Ms. Bloomberg couldn’t be reached for comment about her two-bedroom penthouse.
Ms. Bloomberg first listed the spread at the end of April, when she delivered a letter to the board president of the exclusive Park Avenue co-op signaling her desire to sell the luxurious 3,500-square-foot penthouse. According to a real-estate source familiar with the building, Ms. Bloomberg purchased the apartment in 1999 for $4.21 million.
Even with the Upper East Side sale, Ms. Bloomberg retains a cache of luxurious real estate. Though she is divorced from the financial media mogul turned Mayor, Ms. Bloomberg remains close to her ex-husband and frequents the $3.65 million horse farm in rural North Salem that Mr. Bloomberg purchased in 2001, where she stays with her competitive-horse-riding daughter, Georgina.