Sony Chair Stringer Sells $7.85 M. House in Carnegie Hill; Jane Pauley Outbid on Beekman; Plus: Josh Lucas, Lisa Marie

Sony USA chairman Howard Stringer has sold his 20-foot-wide Carnegie Hill townhouse for $7.85 million, according to deed-transfer records-exactly $900,000 less than the asking price!

Although prices have soared in Manhattan’s hot real-estate market, it’s actually not too surprising that Mr. Stringer was willing to unload the property for almost a million dollars below the asking price. The corporate executive and his wife, Dr. Jennifer A.K. Patterson, reportedly purchased a three-bedroom penthouse at nearby 1107 Fifth Avenue for approximately $16 million on March 14.

On the same day, a contract was signed to purchase Mr. Stringer’s townhouse, according to public records. Then, a little over two months later, the deal finally closed on the sale of Mr. Stringer’s mansion.

The five-story, 6,800-square-foot townhouse features seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, an entry foyer, modern kitchen, brass plumbing, four wood-burning fireplaces, parquet floors and a full basement.

Townhouse specialist Jed Garfield, of boutique brokerage firm Leslie J. Garfield & Co., had the exclusive listing. Mr. Garfield declined to comment.

A few years ago, Mr. Stringer-along with Woody Allen and several other Carnegie Hill neighbors-tried to fight off a proposed 10-story building that they believed would disrupt the neighborhood. In 2002, they filed a lawsuit; however, the case was struck down by the state’s highest court in March 2004.

Despite initial resentment from a handful of celebrities, the embattled 10-story building is starting to reel in some notable names, including V Magazine executive editor Julie Anne Quay, whose $7.5 million condo purchase was reported last week in this column.

Erstwhile Today anchor and memoirist Jane Pauley and her husband, Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau, have hit a snag in their Manhattan apartment hunt. Alas, there will be no luxurious Beekman Place maisonette for the Manhattan power couple, who were recently outbid on a triplex located in a townhouse attached to the adjacent and notoriously low-profile Beekman Place co-op, according to a source close to the deal.

The lavish apartment-which once graced the cover of Architectural Digest-listed for $3.85 million with brokers Patricia Cliff and Joseph Bongiovanni of the Corcoran Group, who recently got the seller a contract with a higher bidder. A spokesperson for Ms. Pauley declined to comment.

The home features a two-story living room with a 20-foot ceiling, a wood-burning fireplace, crown moldings and a planted garden terrace with East River views.

Both the dining room and the fully modern kitchen are located on the ground floor. One flight up is the library and a master bedroom, complete with his-and-hers limestone baths en suite, a dressing room and ample closet space.

Built in 1930, the 16-story co-op has housed many notable tenants, including John D. Rockefeller, diplomat David K. E. Bruce and David Milton.

Although the maisonette offers plenty of privacy, when feeling social, the buyer has access to the co-op’s numerous amenities. The prewar building features English perennial gardens as well as a squash court, basketball court, exercise room, indoor swimming pool and garage.

These days, Southern heartthrob Josh Lucas (remember him wooing Reese Witherspoon in the 2002 chick flick, Sweet Home Alabama?) is using that sexy drawl to play the gentleman caller who brings Broadway’s revival of The Glass Menagerie to its-er-climax. (Don’t go out drinking with Christian, Josh!)

But a home in the South for him these days means a $1.762 million condo on the Lower East Side.

City records show the 33-year-old rising star recently purchased a bit of starchitecture at the Garfield Building on Henry Street.

Ronald Castellano and Christopher Haynes-who previously worked for Richard Meier and Partners-purchased the former manufacturing building, built in 1912, for $2.45 million in 2001, according to a New York Times profile of the renovation project. The industrious twosome served as the architects, designers and general contractors for the posh new condominium (which had already housed four artists clutching lifetime leases).

Now the building’s got a new elevator and a common roof deck with full city views. Inside, the state-of-the-art apartments are filled with modern amenities. Kitchens come equipped with custom cabinetry and appliances by Subzero and Miele.

Tenants enjoying the hip surroundings for undermarket values may have deterred some developers; however, with condos ranging in price from $795,000 to $1.675 million, Messrs. Castellano and Haynes stand to make a nice profit.

The first open houses began in early December 2004 and quickly attracted would-be buyers. Broker Frank Torre of the Corcoran Group has seven of the Garfield Building’s listings-currently, two have been sold, four are under contract, and one is still available, according to the Corcoran Group’s Web site. However, Mr. Torre declined to comment on the actor’s Lower East Side bachelor pad.

Off-screen, Mr. Lucas has dated Hollywood starlets Salma Hayek and Heather Graham, so the bachelor needs some nice digs to stay in the same league.

Since the early 1990’s, the actor has starred in over a dozen feature films, including A Beautiful Mind, American Psycho and Wonderland. He next appears alongside Jamie Foxx and Jessica Biel in Stealth, a high-flying action movie opening July 29.

Through a spokesperson, Mr. Lucas declined to comment on his purchase.

These days, apartment flipping in Manhattan’s high-end downtown condominiums is the talk of the town, but actress Lisa Marie isn’t just cashing in on the heady market-she’s moving to Paris!

After a few months enjoying the privileges of glitzy Morton Square, the sultry star is heading across the Atlantic to work on a major film, according to her broker, Joanna Cutler, who is listing the barely-lived-in luxury condo for $2.5 million.

Ms. Marie signed a contract for $1.68 million on the last sponsor unit in October 2004; the apartment closed two months later.

The 1,600-square-foot condo has two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and exquisite river views.

“The services are amazing, and they are very protective of her privacy,” said Ms. Cutler about her client’s experience in the ultra-modern building.

The former long-time girlfriend of spooky director Tim Burton has appeared in several of his films, including Planet of the Apes, Sleepy Hollow and Ed Wood.

Numerous celebrities have flocked to Morton Square, including artist Chuck Close, hockey star Eric Lindros and, of course, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (the building’s most famous almost residents).

The twin sisters purchased four penthouses for $7.3 million, intending to create a massive dorm room while attending N.Y.U. However, the former Full House child stars never actually moved in, and now their 5,725-square-foot spread is listed for $9.495 million with Charlotte Van Doren of Stribling and Associates.