Merwin Bloch had considerably less luck in the film business than in 55 Central Park West, the building in which he spent the last few years. The imposing 19-story Art Deco co-op is perhaps best known for its role in the the 1984 film Ghostbusters. It was there that Sigourney Weaver’s character lived, that eggs sprang unbidden from their carton to cook on the counter top, and that the Sta Puft Marshmallow Man of Bill Murray’s nightmares came to his viscous end.
Mr. Bloch, who enjoyed a successful career in advertising, has but one full-length film to his name—1971′s The Telephone Book—a satirical erotic odyssey whose middling initial reception prefaced a descent into obscurity, and for which Mr. Bloch served as producer. But he will no longer need to feel competitive with his building’s relative fame: he has just sold his three-bedroom unit for full asking price of $7.5 million, according to city records.
On March 19, the charming 11-room townhouse at 159 East 64th Street came on the market for $14 million, joining its once-removed neighbor at 163 East 64th, which was asking $24.9 million at the time. Then, almost simultaneously, the mansion in the middle—161 East 64th Street—was revealed as the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Traditionally, the Kips Bay Show House has hit the market after its time in the spotlight—we imagine it would be hard to persuade an owner to turn his or her house over to teams of decorators and hordes of visitors otherwise—and sure enough, last week the show house was listed for $16 million with Sotheby’s broker Roger Erickson.
With all three for sale in a row, we couldn’t help but ponder the possibilities. Given the gaga real estate market, mightn’t some deep-pocketed buyer take a fancy to the 60-foot-wide mega combo mansion?
Who’s the best broker in the land? Brown Harris Stevens’ John Burger, according to the Wall Street Journal‘s annual list of the nation’s top real estate agents. The New York based broker is a heavy hitter in the industry, selling $279,841,487 in New York property last year. Figuring that 3% commission, Mr. Burger did well for himself last year, pocketing approximately $8,395,244 before Uncle Sam.
According to his personal website, Mr. Burger splits his time between his homes on the Upper East Side and in Watermill (naturally), and is fluent in Spanish and German. And English, we presume.
Manhattan Transfers Cheat Sheet
– It’s bad enough that Vegas casino kingpin Steve Wynn‘s divorce to his ex-wife Elaine was reportedly the most expensive in history, but now she’s got his palatial Fifth Avenue home, too. As of last year, Mr. Wynn quietly listed the full-floor condo at 817 Fifth Avenue for $25 million, a hike Read More
The co-op at 834 Fifth Avenue is the kind that would most certainly disdain denim-wearers at a board interview (current owners include Rupert Murdoch, Paul Cejas and John Gutfreund). But what if you are a denim heiress?
Well, apparently, that’s O.K. According to city records, brokerage baron Charles Schwab and his wife, Helen, have sold their Read More
It was just this Wednesday that The Observer reported that the 81-year-old Hal Prince is asking $33 million for his apartment at 834 Fifth Avenue, a godly co-op where apartments are supposed to never be available. “Why would you move out of 834 unless you’ve died?” a neighbor once asked.
But according to Read More
It’s been a humbling year for monstrously expensive, monumentally plush New York real estate: Not only is the most expensive townhouse ever sold in Manhattan asking a few million dollars less than it was bought for, but the price of Julian Schnabel’s five-floor Palazzo Chupi penthouse has gone from $59 million to $38 Read More
Location: You once complained that 2002, when you sold $62 million of real estate, was ‘a relatively slow year.’ How is 2009 comparing?
Mr. Erickson: Well, last year was about $200 million. This year, sales for me have only just started significantly. … Unfortunately I’m terribly optimistic by nature.
For Manhattan’s luxury townhouse watchers, a deal bigger than $45 million is big news, trumping the record-breaking $40 million sale of the Duke Semans mansion.
So it’s no surprise that on May 24, Upper East Side brokers were scratching their heads when city records indicated that the Guccione Mansion had just been sold for a Read More
Neighbors of Paul Sorvino may be rejoicing-and sleeping better-now that the veteran actor has sold his East 87th Street penthouse. City records show that earlier this year, Mr. Sorvino, 65, unloaded his 1,900-square-foot penthouse at 110 East 87th Street for $2.1 million. According to the New York Post , Mr. Sorvino’s daughter Amanda had lived Read More