Billionaire Octogenarian David Murdock Bids Goodbye To UES Pad

  • It appears that even Mayor Bloomberg’s assaults on salts, trans fats and smoking were not enough to keep billionaire health nut David H. Murdock in New York.

    The Los Angeles-based octogenarian has sold his 3-bedroom condo at 30 East 85th Street for $4.8 million, according to city records. The hard bargain-driving Mr. Murdock even let buyer Regina Kreischer have the property—listed for $4.95 million with Corcoran broker Dare Elliot—for a slight discount!

    We wonder what made Mr. Murdock decide to finally decamp from the Upper East Side pad? And just when Fairway landed in the neighborhood! Mr. Murdock has owned the condo since 1988, not long after he took over banana and pineapple powerhouse Dole Food Company.

    Perhaps Mr. Murdock has just taken up residence in a new apartment with better ventilation, or a bigger kitchen with more space to pulverize banana peels into smoothies?

    The condo is no Ventura County ranch or the Conrad Hilton estate, but it’s still a nice spot. Located on the 19th-floor, there are great views of Central Park and the city, especially from the living room. And the big eat-in kitchen is the perfect place for whipping up fruit and vegetable concoctions, which can be enjoyed in the “generous dining room” or while sitting on one of the two private balconies.

    Plus, once you take the elevator down from the 19th-floor (or the stairs, if it’s permitted), you’re only steps from Central Park, a great place for running, biking, rollerblading or otherwise extending one’s life.

    kvelsey@observer.com

  • The bright and airy living room. No salt, sugar or caffeine in sight.

  • The dining room: many a piece of fruit was consumed here.

  • Book storage.

  • No sleeping late in this sunny bedroom.

  • Lots of beds for visitors.

  • The floorplan