Lately, former Mets first baseman Mo Vaughn gets more ink spilled in the real-estate section than the sports pages.
According to city deed-transfer records, Mr. Vaughn has sold his ninth-floor condo in the star-studded Ice House at 27 N. Moore Street for $3.375 million. Entering the market with a $3.5 million price tag, the spacious loft was snatched up in only two weeks.
On Feb. 23, the hefty ex-slugger announced plans to renovate two low-income Bronx apartment buildings through his company, Omni New York, accepting a $28.6 million loan from the Housing Development Corporation to do the job. Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared alongside Mr. Vaughn at the press conference and received ample praise for his efforts in providing affordable housing (always welcome in an election year). The following day, rumors circulated via Curbed.com regarding Mr. Vaughn’s possible ownership of Girls Room, a Lower East Side bar.
The 2,800 square-foot condo he sold has three bedrooms and two and a half baths. Arched windows are an added bonus, offering city views. The apartment also features vaulted ceilings, a keyed elevator and a fireplace.
Sounds nice, right? It wasn’t always. Shortly after construction was completed on the building, residents sued the building’s developer, Jack Lefkowitz, for shoddy construction. Mr. Vaughn bought into the Ice House in December 2001, two months before a settlement was reached that awarded the condo board control of 6,000 square feet of commercial space as compensation for the money they’d spent patching things up. It appears his faith in the building was well-placed.
Toni Scott of Brown Harris Stevens, who initially found the apartment for Mr. Vaughn in late 2001, brokered the deal.
Saturday Night Live’s Tina Fey and her husband, Jeff Richmond, should have a good night (and a pleasant tomorrow) waking up in their Upper West Side condo.
The pair snatched up a West End Avenue apartment for $1.9 million in May 2004, according to city transfer records.
Originally built in 1914, their prewar apartment building underwent a condo conversion in 2001. The couple snagged one of the 111 apartments in the 13-story building right off Riverside Park.
Ms. Fey joined SNL in 1997 and became the show’s first female head writer two years later. Best known on television as the bespectacled half of “Weekend Update,” Ms. Fey has appeared on the big screen as Lindsay Lohan’s teacher in Mean Girls, for which she also penned the screenplay.
She met Mr. Richmond at the Second City in Chicago, the legendary comedy theater where several SNL cast members performed early in their careers, including John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner. At the time, Mr. Richmond was a director at the theater and Ms. Fey was a comic talent, just a few years out of college. Mr. Richmond is now a composer for SNL.
Through a spokesperson, Ms. Fey declined to comment on the sale.
Architect Rosario Candela’s stock continues to rise among high-end buyers on the Upper East Side. Recently, News Corp. honcho Rupert Murdoch went to contract on Laurance Rockefeller’s triplex penthouse at the Candela-designed 834 Fifth Avenue for $44 million. Now, a duplex apartment at the exclusive 19 East 72nd Street co-op designed by Mr. Candela and Mott B. Schmidt is entering the heady luxury market at $38.5 million!
Topping 7,000 square feet, the lavish co-op boasts five bedrooms, a pair of double maid’s rooms, six and a half bathrooms and an exquisite library. There’s also a large kitchen, wet bar, laundry room and breakfast room. The place boasts 13-foot ceilings, a balcony, a palladium window and one of the city’s grandest staircases.
Built in 1936-37, the art moderne apartment building replaced Charles Tiffany’s Romanesque Revival mansion, designed by McKim, Mead and White. In addition to Mr. Candela and Mr. Schmidt’s heralded design, C. Paul Jennewein’s sculpture of animals adorning the entrance is an added bonus.
Former tenants include George and Carol McFadden, D. Dixon Boardman, financier Frank Richardson and U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood. Former President Richard M. Nixon flirted with the idea of moving into this Candela gem in the late 1970′s; indeed, he was close to buying the nine-room penthouse for $750,000 when tenants of this low-key building became frazzled by the thought of added security concerns. Nixon then withdrew his offer, sparing himself the potential embarrassment of being denied by a co-op board just five years after he resigned the Presidency.
Laurance Kaiser, the president of Key-Ventures Realty, has the exclusive listing. He declined to comment about the apartment.