It was the most talked about wedding in New York since Woody Allen married Soon Yi. And now Carol Anne Riddell and John George Partilla have consummated their marriage, crossing the threshold into a new home, a four-bedroom near the top of the Straus Park Condominium at 2770 Broadway. Ms. Riddell knows the building well, as she bought a smaller four-bedroom two floors below in 2005, where she lived with her now ex-husband, Robert Ennis.
The newly married couple, subject of the most famous New York Times Vows column ever, paid exactly the asking price of $3.745 million for the 2,241-square-foot condo on the 18th floor of the 22-story, six-year-old building, according to city records.
Douglas Elliman broker Michael Shapot seemed to have the couple in mind when he wrote up his listing: “Consider reading the morning paper and sipping coffee on the Eastern terrace, and having cocktails while watching the sunset on the Western terrace.” Which happens to be exactly what Ms. Riddell told The Times she was after: “The part that’s hard for people to believe is we didn’t have an affair. I didn’t want to sneak around and sleep with him on the side. I wanted to get up in the morning and read the paper with him.”
In addition to the huge wraparound terrace, there is “a jacuzzi tub for two” in the master bathroom, one of three full baths, as well as nine closets, a working fireplace and a top-of-the-line wood-panelled kitchen. “Fall in love with this dramatic, Zen-like space—its tall ceilings, oversized windows, soothing sunlight and beautiful vistas,” Mr. Shapot writes.
The sellers are Sam Soloman, a technology entrepreneur, and his wife Meryl, a doctor. They first put the home on the market for $4.395 million in May 2008, having bought it three years earlier for $3.11 million.
As for Ms. Riddell’s downstairs unit, it came on the market in July 2008 for $2.995 million, just as the housing bubble began to burst. The four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath has a terrace, as well, though it only faces west, and the entire spread covers but 1,956-square-feet. The 16th-floor condo came back on the market with Corcoran‘s Greg Kammerer in December for $2.795 million. There is no deed in city records yet, but the unit went into contract the same day as Ms. Riddell’s new home, according to StreetEasy, Jan. 26—just a few weeks after that Vows column.