The Chatham, the charming East Side Cyclops designed by Robert A.M. Stern, is quite a commute for its newest resident.
Hong Kong-based Gaby Abdelnour, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Asia Pacific, recently bought in the building for $6.5 million. Mr. Abdelnour purchased the four-bedroom condo-five if you include the maid’s room-in the 34-story complex from hedge funder Larry Robbins.
According to Fortune magazine, Mr. Robbins is known as “the L-train” to his nearest and dearest; even so, the founder and manager of the über-successful Glenview Capital doesn’t commute daily from a hipster-laden stop in Williamsburg. In fact, the Upper East Sider, described in the same article as “driven, blunt, and larger-than-life,” will stay in the neighborhood, moving to another apartment that he already owns, according to his spokesperson.
Mr. Abdelnour, who could not be reached for comment, will presumably be using the triple mint condo as a pied-à-terre. And for a place to hang your hat during a layover, you could do worse. It boasts, according to its listing, 2,940 square feet of “impeccable finishes” as well as park views through “oversized picture windows” from the master bedroom and living room.
Warburg Realty agents Richard Steinberg and Sarah Fiszel had the listing. When asked for comment, Mr. Steinberg sweetly told The Observer, “I would love to comment but, unfortunately, we have a company policy that prohibits commenting on any of our sales, but otherwise I would love to!” The top of the listing croons a holy trinity of “high ceilings, superb amenities and white glove service.”
How could you turn that combo down-even if you live in Hong Kong?