Johnson & Johnson heiress Libet Johnson loved the Trump International Hotel and Tower—so much so that it’s nearly impossible to keep track of them all. So difficult, in fact, that we lost count.
Back in 2007, we wrote that “Public records and published reports suggest that 51-B”—a penthouse at 1 Central Park West that she parted with for $18.5 million—”was her last apartment” at the Trump Tower. But it looks like we were wrong: just today another deed for a penthouse in the shiny black tower hit property records, this time for a penthouse two floors down. Ms. Johnson’s haul this time around? $21.85 million, or nearly $4,900 per square foot for the 4,489-square-foot (we think, at least—everything about the unit is a bit mysterious) pad.
Libet Johnson, heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, appears to be in the mood for tying up loose ends. Two months ago she reconciled with her ex-boyfriend, celebrity weight loss-through-pregnancy-hormones guru Lionel Bissoon, reaching a joint custody agreement over a 9-year-old child that they “found” in Cambodia and brought back to the U.S. on a humanitarian visa.
Now comes the shedding of the real estate: Ms. Johnson has just listed her 30th-floor condo at the Trump International Hotel and Tower. She’s asking $4 million for the two-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom spread, or exactly double what she paid for it back in 2004.
The problem with getting what you want is that sometimes, once you have it, you don’t want it anymore. The Observer has learned that Libet Johnson is looking to offload the Vanderbilt Mansion, the stately neo-Georgian mansion at 16 East 69th Street that she spent $48 million to buy scarcely more than a year ago.
Sources tell us that Ms. Johnson has been quietly shopping the townhouse around, hoping to sell for a price in the mid-$50 million range. Which does not come as a huge surprise—the heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune and the sister of NY Jets Owner and Romney bundler Woody Johnson has a reputation for falling in, and out, of love with extravagant real estate. She bought the townhouse, sans broker, from her friend and fellow heiress Sloan Lindemann Barnett and Ms. Barnett’s husband, the founder of beauty.com. What’s a $48 million townhouse between friends?
This January, after 62 months, heiress Libet Johnson sold off an $18.5 million penthouse at Trump International on Central Park West, the last chunk of the 20,000-square-foot sprawl she’d once had at the building.
But it took her much less time to shake her 162-year-old, 25-foot-wide townhouse at 19 West 12th Street. She bought Read More
After a five-year wait, heiress Libet Johnson has finally sold off the brassiest penthouse in the brassiest tower in town. According to city records, she parted with Penthouse 51-B at Trump International on Central Park West for $18.5 million.
It was an enormous piece of the voluptuous 20,000-square-foot stretch that Ms. Johnson once owned in Read More