In August the Post reported that the planned union of two high-floor units at 25 Columbus Circle was broken off before it could ever be consummated. The article disclosed that venture capitalist Douglas Von Allmen, a hedge fund financier and victim of Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, sold his 3,500-square-foot duplex on the 74th and 75th floors, listed for $18.45 million with Brown Harris Stevens‘ Elizabeth Lee Sample and Brenda S. Powers, to “an unnamed Russian tycoon for around $15.7 million.”
This was ostensibly a blow to a daydreaming real estate community relishing the possibility of a palatial eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom duplex combination of Mr. Von Allmen’s apartment with neighbor Steven Feder’s 4,500-square-foot abode, also listed by the savvy Ms. Powers and Ms. Sample, for a grand total of $57.5 million. (Mr. Feder, the fortune-telling phony behind the Miss Cleo empire, was also listing his apartment independently for $35 million, making the option of combination a $4 million privilege.)
But now it looks like floorplan fanatics may be in luck.
According to sources close to the deal and an internal brokers’ database, the duplexes have gone to contract in a single deal. The $57.5 million trade is listed in the internal database as “contract signed,” a fact that has been confirmed as well by brokers familiar with the deal (Ms. Powers and Ms. Sample declined to comment).
It is unclear whether the Post was mistaken in its reporting of the single unit sale or whether the unnamed Russian tycoon actually decided to double his pleasure and take both. In either case, brokers with knowledge of the deal suspect a foreign buyer looking for a lavish pied-à-terre. The proposed home would be graced with three kitchens, eight bedroom suites, 12 marble bathrooms (plus two powder rooms) and an in-apartment elevator in case one wearies from the “grand sweeping staircase” or requires respite from the floor- to 12-foot ceiling-ed windows that offer views of Central Park (160 linear feet of Park frontage between the two levels ensures a comprehensive view) as well as the Statue of Liberty, the George Washington Bridge and the Atlantic Ocean. The other side of which they likely hail from.