The Fox News real-estate stampede continues. Recently, Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren landed a one-bedroom condo at the storied Essex House on Central Park South. According to real-estate sources familiar with the proceedings, Ms. Van Susteren, the host of the prime-time program On the Record with Greta Van Susteren , went to contract on the property in July for $657,000. Her new one-bedroom apartment covers 850 square feet and has an open granite kitchen with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a marble bath and a built-in washer-dryer. A Washington, D.C.–based anchor, Ms. Van Susteren plans to use her Central Park South perch as a Manhattan pied-à-terre when she visits the Fox News mothership in midtown.
“She wanted the amenities that the Essex House provides, and she wanted to be close to her offices. She’s only in New York one week a month,” a source said.
Ms. Van Susteren’s broker, Meredith Fine of B.P. Vance Real Estate Inc., declined to comment. Real-estate lawyer Adam Leitman Bailey, who handled the transaction, also declined to comment.
The apartment first hit the market in June asking $690,000, before Ms. Van Susteren went to contract in July. The east-facing apartment was owned by a corporation and used as an executive residence. C.B Whyte, of Stribling and Associates, represented the seller.
Built in 1931, the Essex House, topped by its cherry-red neon sign, cuts a signature silhouette in the midtown skyline and is also home to the Mobil five-star restaurant, Alain Ducasse at the Essex House.
Now, with Ms. Van Susteren’s purchase, is Manhattan becoming the next red state? Her deal follows close behind fellow Fox anchor Shepard Smith, who pounced on a $1.87 million Greenwich Village loft in May.
Ms. Van Susteren and Mr. Smith join News Corp. scion Lachlan Murdoch, the spiky-haired publisher of the New York Post , who is in the throes of a massive renovation to the sprawling 19th-century Nolita building on the northeast corner of Elizabeth and Spring streets that he purchased for $5.25 million in September 2003. After snapping up the mysterious 14,500-square-foot building-which was known among downtown real-estate watchers for the eerie glow emanating from its candle-filled windows-Mr. Murdoch and his wife, former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Sarah O’Hare, sold their 3,290-square-foot loft in the star-studded building at 285 Lafayette Street for a hefty $7.5 million.
The venerable Eristoff family has just sold their luxurious Upper East Side townhouse to recently appointed Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg. The turn-of-the-century townhouse at 514 East 89th Street had been in the Eristoff family for three generations-until this spring, when Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff, the celebrated conservationist and chairman of Audubon New York, and his wife, former Museum of Natural History chairwoman Anne-Sidamon Eristoff, decided to sell the property. After first listing the 18-foot-wide residence at the beginning of May for $3.35 million, the three-story townhouse-on a tree-lined stretch of 89th Street between York and East End avenues-recently closed for $3.25 million when Mr. Weinberg snapped up the spacious spread.
“The Eristoffs had been renting it out for some years and decided it was time to sell,” said broker Jed Garfield, of Upper East Side specialist Leslie J. Garfield. Fellow Leslie J. Garfield brokers Richard Pretsfelder and Matthew Pravda shared the exclusive listing.
The 2,600-square-foot home was built in 1901 and has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, along with hardwood floors, original details, a finished basement with a playroom and a wine cellar, and a private rear garden.
Mr. Eristoff, who was formerly the E.P.A. Region II administrator under the first President Bush, is the father of New York State Tax Commissioner Andrew Eristoff, who, before taking his post in Albany, had also served as the city’s Finance Commissioner and as a Republican member of the City Council.
Mr. Weinberg, who joined the Whitney in August 2003, couldn’t be reached for comment.
Recent Transactions In the Real Estate Market
492 Henry Street
One-bedroom, two-bathroom condo
Asking: $549,000. Selling: $590,000
Charges: $390. Taxes: $1,116
Time on the market: one week.
DADDY DEAREST No matter how much teens clash with their parents, they might want to remember to be nice: Mom and Dad could put up cash for their house one day. That’s what happened for this twentysomething who was renting in Park Slope: She wanted to stay in brownstone Brooklyn, and when it came time to buy, the recent college grad got help from her father, who lives out on Long Island. “Her dad was willing to do what it took to help her,” said William Spiros, a broker at the Corcoran Group who represented the buyer. After living on tree-lined Henry Street for three years, the sellers-a couple in their 30’s-recently had to relocate following a job transfer, and found numerous buyers clamoring for their 1,000-square-foot two-bedroom. They received six offers, but the young woman won out-paying nearly $40,000 over asking. “She went above asking because she just loved the space,” Mr. Spiros said. The north- and west-facing apartment has a galley kitchen with dining alcove, hardwood floors, a large picture window overlooking the private garden, and a built-in washer-dryer. Beth Kenkel, also of the Corcoran Group, represented the sellers.