Several weeks ago The Times reported that the former Dateline NBC co-anchor Stone Phillips and wife, Debra, nabbed a rarely available Gramercy Park North penthouse–the two-bedroom was last on the market in the 1960s. Due to a bidding war, the sale went over the $4.75 million asking price and finally sold at $4.9 million. (The apartment was listed by Lynne Lerner of RES Sales and Marketing Corporation, who did not respond to requests for comment, while Mr. Phillips was represented by Brown Harris Stevens’ John Burger, who offered no comment on the sale.)
Now, according to city records, the former Yale football quarterback and philosophy major, has sold his over 4,000-square-foot apartment at 8-10 West 19th Street, only a few blocks away. Mr. Phillips, whose Ken-like features placed him in the canon of all-American newsman Adonises, bought the apartment for $4.4 million in 2005, and originally listed the loft in the fall of 2009 for $4.995 million with Corcoran‘s Steven Cohen, who could not immediately be reached for comment. The price dropped to $4.65 million in April, before selling two months later for a clean $4.5 million.
The full-floor loft, whose audio, video, central air, fireplaces and curtains are all conveniently operated by wall-mounted Crestron panels, was bought by Alan Colberg and wife, Chi Claire. Mr. and Ms. Colberg are in for a treat with the master suite, which includes a fireplace, Brazilian Paduk flooring, his and her closets (one of which is an over-sized walk-in), and a windowed spa bathroom with heated flooring, an “extra large” steam shower and Jacuzzi tub. When not in the bedroom, the kitchen is “a cook’s delight,” and includes a built-in coffee/cappuccino maker; and the library has custom floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Perhaps most seductively with the current thermostat, the “high velocity air system” promises to keep the entire custom wood-paneled apartment Stone cold in August climes.