— Jennifer Gould Keil has the story of Julia Robert‘s latest apartment purchase in the city, a penthouse co-op at 45 West 10th Street for which the famed actress paid $3.895 million. She will not be moving in, the Post reports, but is instead staying in her Gramercy Park home–when she’s not bouncing around her homes out west or traveling the world shooting yet another blockbuster. As The Observer noted more than a decade ago, Roberts has a thing for collecting real estate in the city.
— Mark Millhone, a screenwriter, columnist for Men’s Health and author, and his wife Raelle Koota, an occasional film producer, have sold their lofty condo at 233 East 17th Street, located on the corner of Stuyvesant Square. The building was painstaking renovated in 2005, according to StreetEasy, and units began selling two years later. This particular onehas three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths as well as a chef’s kitchen occupying its 2,196 square feet. The apartment has been off the market for more than a year, when it was asking $2.2. million. Josh Apter, director of the festival fave indie film Kaaterskill Falls from 2001, bought the apartment for $2 million.
— Even with the magic touch of Robert A.M. Stern, success is not guaranteed at 15 Central Park West. Curbed noticed that arguably the most atrociously decorated unit in the building has been forced to trim its price, falling to $6.9 million from $8.5 million. The apartment was initially an FSBO with terrible photography, but Elliman’s Sandi Racti, Sophie Eustache and Barbara Haravay were brought in in June to see if they couldn’t work their magic touch. Yes and no. Given that the apartment was purchased for $4.3 million, even if it sells at a reduced price, it should be a winner for the current owner. Assuming they didn’t spend too much on all that purple wallpaper and chandeliers.