Two years since dying after a routine face-lift, and 15 years since her First Wives Club novel made Olivia Goldsmith famous, the writer’s estate has sold her Soho loft at 458 Broadway for $2.7 million.
The buyer is Afshin Taber, a onetime vice president at J.P. Morgan Chase.
“She was a very cool woman; she had a wicked sense of humor, and the transaction would have amused her greatly,” said listing broker Mary Ellen Cashman at Stribling. “There was drama at every turn—I’m not sure I can say any more!”
True to her penchant for personal re-creation, city records list the seller as the estate of Justine Rendal: But Ms. Goldsmith was actually born Randy Goldfield in New York City; she changed her handle to Rendal before moving to Vermont, where she wrote under the Goldsmith name she is remembered by.
In her own words, Goldsmith wrote cheery little novels about women who get shafted by men. Her old loft’s listing is more gushy: “It’s love at first sight! Stunning light and views seduce you immediately from the 28 windows.”
What of the elongated living and dining room, affixed to an open island kitchen and mini-library? It “invites sophisticated and elegant entertaining or just lounging.”
The design and décor? Modern and timeless.
The banquettes? Lushly cushioned.
The apartment’s lone bedroom? Fabulously decadent.
Ms. Cashman said Sandra Bullock had lived in the apartment. “It was very glamorous—like Olivia, larger than life.”
In August, one day after the Web site Curbed teased the listing for putting the apartment’s size at an inflated 2,900 square feet, the brokers subtracted 400 square feet from the net number.
Sometimes we all nip and tuck here and there.