On one of many recent frigid days, Prime Manhattan broker Robert Danker had more than wet feet and windburn to complain about. Having scheduled a viewing for a full-floor unit listed for $12.5 million at the tony One Madison, Mr. Danker became victim to last-minute cancellation when a client begged off—citing inclement conditions and confirming the broker’s hunch that his “buyer” was less than serious. Fortunately, Mike Pardee, executive producer at The Mission—a California-based visual effects studio—waited in the wings. Though Mr. Pardee planned to see a more humble unit at 7 East 17th Street, asking $3.5 million and in need of serious work, he arrived that day equipped, Mr. Danker told us, with both enthusiasm and imagination, entering contract the very next day on the live-work space.
Although we all know that models look better in everything than we ever could hope to, most of us still chose to indulge in the pleasant fantasy that buying the garments they wear will, at least, convey a measure of the glamor that they possess on camera.
Alas, it appears that such delusional optimism does not extend to supermodels’ apartments. At least, Coca Rocha had one hell of a time offloading her two-bedroom Gramercy condo at 121 East 23rd Street, which finally sold for $1.51 million, according to city records.
While home improvement master Bob Vila may be known for giving drab homes D.I.Y. facelifts, around these parts he is better known as a successful flipper of top-of-the-line Manhattan real estate. There was the Tribeca loft—where he was neighbors with Mariah Carey—the Upper East Side townhouse, the two apartments at Museum Tower. Even Mr. Vila’s son Chris has gotten in on the game.
That is why it is so surprising the salt-and-pepper-of-the-earth handyman has had a hard time selling a penthouse at 15 East 26th Street that he bought two years ago.
Bob Vila made a name for himself renovating homes on TV, often in rural or suburban corners of America—it wasn’t called This Old Condo. Still, the salt-and-pepper-of-the-Earth handyman could not resist the allure of New York real estate. Over the years he flipped everything from a $5 million Tribeca loft to an Upper East Side brownstone chopped up into million-dollar apartments after it failed to sell for almost $12 million. His latest project is a Flatiron penthouse overlooking Madison Square Park that came on the market in May for $5.7 million.
Just like back in the good old days of the corner hardware store, Bob’s son Chris Vila has gone into the family business.
This prewar loft on 18th Street is “grandly proportioned,” “perfection,” “discrete,” “gracious,” and “sophisticated,” depending on what part of the listing you’re reading over at Douglas Elliman, but despite the dramatic nature of the listing, this Flatiron apartment really is a looker.
The loft features three beds, three-and-a-half baths, custom lighting and Read More
While this may not be “the copper-cocooned cupola” penthouse at 141 Fifth Avenue (which is still available for $17 million!), unit 7 is still a nice spread in “downtown’s most prestigious Beaux Arts building,” as the new Core Group listing declares.
But for some pretty significant wallpaper snafus, the interior finishing Read More
For almost as long as there have been yuppies, there’s been a Gap in the Flatiron district. The retailer will continue its reign over an entire block on Fifth Avenue by renewing its 35,000-square-foot lease for 10 years.
The store between 17th and 18th streets is the largest retail space leased this year in the Read More
“We’re getting rid of everything,” said Jay Shaffer, owner of the recently opened (and more recently closed) Flatiron Joe’s pub.
On Tuesday morning, the former bar and grill on West 21st Street had morphed into an auction house: “Last call!” declared auctioneer Herb Mauthner, as onlookers gathered around the bar. “Sold for six hundred!” Read More
As the fall chill sets in and the thought of bundling up in ski gear to stand in line at Shake Shack sounds less appealing, Goodburger offers a sleek, climate-controlled alternative.
For a slight price hike, of course: $10.75 for a double cheeseburger? Even Danny Meyer isn’t that shameless.
How odd that proprietor Read More