— More good news for Gary Barnett at The Rushmore. While some buyers continue to fight in court to get out of their contracts, others can’t wait to move in. Two 80 Riverside Boulevard buyers hit public records today, one for a four-bedroom on the fourth floor, the other for a two-bedroom on the ninth floor.
The buyers of the bigger condo, which features a pointed great room and four bathrooms, are Fabio Gheilerman, a Citibank managing director, and Mary Esses, a jewelry maker who has outfitted Michelle Obama. They paid $3.56 million. The ninth-floor unit went to Donald and Cathleen Fewer of Colts Neck in Monmouth County, N.J., for $2.62 million. Perhaps an in-town abode for the banker and his wife?
— John J. Devine has found a new secret hideout. The co-founder of consultancy the Arkin Group, who spent three decades at the CIA and writes frequent op-eds, has just bought a River Terrace home with his wife Patricia at the brand-new 515 East 72nd Street. The two-bedroom, high-floor condo, which cost $1.35 million, sounds as slick as James Bond, according to the Corcoran listing:
It features natural walnut floors, a custom kitchen with walnut and lacquered cabinetry, Corian counter tops, Basaltina lava stone backsplash, and top of the line Miele, Thermador and Leibherr appliances as well as a Bosch washer and dryer. The bathroom walls are made of custom-designed crema d’orcia bamboo-textured and honed Piombo tiles with a Zuma soaking tub with Watermark fixtures.
There is even a wraparound balcony, perfect for those quick escapes when the bad guys burst in. Just grab the tablecloth and go!
— Guys with acoustic guitars are a dime a dozen in this town, so singer-songwriter JJ Appleton must have a lot of dimes saved up. He and wife Lora, a photographer, just bought a 15th-floor condo at newish Tribeca tower 101 Warren Street. The southwestern-facing corner three-bedroom overlooks Battery Park City and the World Trade Center site and cost exactly $4 million. The sellers were Patrice and Richard Spector.
— The biggest sale of the day was for 432 West 22nd Street, a Chelsea townhouse bought for $6.4 million by The Marshall Street Revocable Trust, which Curbed suspects might have a connection to an L.A. celebrity. They’ve also got more details and pictures. The seller was David Hermer and Silvia Campo, according to city records, who bought the home in 2000 for $2.1 million–presumably without the massive wine cellar.
— Meanwhile, Brownstoner got the scoop on a big townhouse deal in Cobble Hill, where their “long-time fave” at 237 Carlton Avenue, a 40-foot-wide beauty, was sold for $1.95 million.