Two massive local chief executives, Citigroup’s Chuck Prince and Merrill Lynch’s Stan O’Neal, both just lost their jobs due to the subprime mortgage crisis—the first slight evidence of the nation’s housing problems somehow affecting golden Manhattan.
But outside of Mssrs. Prince and Lynch, you wouldn’t know that real estate is sagging horrifically in America by looking at New York this month. Take former model Bonnie Pfeifer Evans’ penthouse triplex at 895 Park Avenue: After just 28 days on the market, the $29.5 million co-op has gone to contract, according to the Web site of listing brokerage Stribling & Associates.
The seller is the widow of real estate developer Charles Evans—nicknamed “Mr. Lucky” and brother to mega-producer Bob Evans (though Charles produced the 1982 drag classic Tootsie).
Luckily there’s a small internal elevator for navigating through the Evans’ triplex, and two floors have massive terraces—one for entertaining, the listing says, and one for private bedrooms. There are hand-painted tiles lining even the entrance gallery, but, better yet, the living room’s wood-burning fireplace gets “an exquisite mantle and mirror.”
Reached at the apartment, Ms. Evans, who was left almost nothing in her husband’s will—“he didn’t even provide an apartment for the former model, who is now in the market for a rental,” The New York Post said—had no comment. Ms. Evans has a broker’s license, and she’s reportedly wanted to get a commission from the sale by representing her buyer.
It’s also been a good month for Broadway producer Marty Richards. According to an internal listings system at the brokerage Brown Harris Stevens, the Chicago producer has accepted an offer for his co-op at the iron-gated River House on East 52nd Street.
The 14-room duplex, first put on the market seven years ago with Brown Harris Stevens managing director Kathy Sloane—before Mr. Richards switched to a handful of other agents—was listed once again with Ms. Sloane last month for $22.7 million.
In both cases, it’s unclear who the potential buyers are. But if they paid near asking price, these two apartments will together fetch over $50 million.