Clearly, Christian Candy—one half of uber-posh London development duo Candy & Candy—was not deterred from flashy New York real estate investments by brother Nick’s recent scuffle over a pair of apartments at One57. Mr. Candy—that is, Christian—has closed on the 104-year-old Morris Mansion at 19 East 70th Street, The New York Times reports. At $35 million, the sale was (shocker!), the biggest deal of the week. Read More
Red Carpet Real Estate
If you’re trying to guess who the mysterious buyer of a townhouse is these days, it seems like a good idea to start with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.
Yesterday, The Observer broke the news that the Ellen Biddle Shipman mansion at 21 Beekman Place, listed with Brown Harris Steven’s Paula Del Nunzio, had sold for $35 million—with all the furnishings included. And now The Post is claiming that the buyer is none other than the real estate mad sheikh himself, who just bought Aby Rosen’s $47 million townhouse at 22 East 71st Street. Read More
Frank Sinatra’s old duplex at 530 East 72nd Street finally got under someone’s skin. And this despite a “meticulous” renovation in recent years that included the installation of the exact same staircase as the one in the Apple stores and some other
rather hideous unique design choices.
The New York Post reports that the “glittering grotto in the sky”—as Andy Warhol once referred to the Sinatra-era party pad—is in contract to the daughter of a Chinese technology tycoon. Maybe she found the Apple staircase homey? Read More
Acquavella Galleries may have expanded beyond its wheelhouse of Italian Renaissance works in the 1960s, but for Eleanor Acquavella Dejoux, the limestone-faced neo-Italian Renaissance apartment house at 840 Park Avenue is the only place to buy.
Ms. Acquavella Dejoux picked up a duplex maisonette—though unlike the traditional maisonette, it does not have its own outdoor entrance—at the 1912 Park Avenue co-op for $8.85 million, according to city records and first reported by the New York Post, and got a storage unit on the 14th floor thrown in for good measure (at least we hope it’s a storage unit—the floorplan ominously labels the 83-square foot standalone room as ”staff/storage”). Read More
Well, we can’t say that we’re surprised that NBC correspondent and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton has inked a deal to move into The Whitman. (At least, if the New York Post can be believed—apparently the whole Clinton family posed for photos with the construction workers when visiting the four-unit luxury condo last week).
The Whitman, at 12 East 26th Street, is just the kind of old-fashioned with lots of new-fangled bells and whistles luxury product that has had buyers frothing at the mouth these days. To wit, 15 Central Park West, 18 Gramercy Park and 135 East 79th Street. A brand new or gut-renovated building molded into classically-styled condos on a Park is a fail-safe residential development play in Manhattan. No one relishes dealing with the awkwardness of kitchenside maids’ rooms pre remodeling job or blue hairs on a co-op board. Nor is townhouse living for everyone. Ditto industrial chic—a painfully played out trend if we ever saw one. Especially not those who have spent eight of their formative years living in the uber-traditional White House. Read More
There comes a time in every former starlet’s life when she realizes that she has outgrown her Soho loft and needs to move on. For Claire Danes, this realization apparently hit when she found out she was pregnant with her first child.
Madonna has gone through so many reinventions and costume changes over her career that it’s actually quite shocking to learn that she’s stuck with the same piece of scenery at 41 Central Park West since the early 1990s.
Now, the pop megastar is finally selling, reports The New York Post. That is, if she can find a buyer willing to pay $23.5 million for her 6,000-square-foot spread at Harperly Hall. Central Park West is a desirable address, to be sure, but Harperly Hall is not the San Remo, the Beresford, the Dakota or even the Majestic. And the building’s biggest asset is moving out—her presence was said to have added 25 percent to the value of other units in the building. Read More
Celebrities—they’re just like us! Okay, not really, but some small aspects of their lives are kind of like some small aspects of our lives, even if these small, overlapping aspects of our lives do not usually involve real estate. Unless, of course, it’s the squalid apartment that the celebrity lived before he or she was a celebrity, like William Shatner’s old, ramshackle house in Hastings-on-Hudson. Mostly, these reminiscences have a strong undertone of “can you believe that someone like me lived in someplace like this?”
And we look around at our own sad, squalid apartments and ask ourselves the same question, but we know the answer to that question which is that no one is surprised you live in a place like this and probably never will be. Read More
We’ve heard that media doyenne Arianna Huffington has been looking for a good perch in the city ever since HuffPo got snapped up by AOL, and now the New York Daily News is claiming that Ms. Huffington is headed to the Upper East Side, where she is may or may not have bought a townhouse on East 80th Street. Read More
Finally, a celebrity house that doesn’t fill us with feelings of longing and sadness! And it’s written about in The Wall Street Journal, that organ of the upper classes. What gives?
No, this is not a new turn for the paper that brought you that video segment on whether or not rich people should buy yachts. Nor is a paean to Bloomberg’s plan to bring micro apartments to Manhattan. It’s William Shatner, remembering fondly the shithole he lived in back in the late 1950s. Read More