Meg Sells in Soho

Meg Ryan’s moving on from the glamorous bachelorette pad she bought after her divorce from actor Dennis Quaid two years ago.

The 41-year-old actress, presently starring in this season’s sexy thriller, In the Cut , put the two penthouse apartments at 420 West Broadway in Soho on the market Oct. 21. They can be bought together for $9.7 million, but she’s also offering the two penthouses, which are adjacent but not combined, separately for $5 million and $4.7 million.

Ms. Ryan purchased them back in 2001 and furnished the one that’s asking $4.7 million. The three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom duplex apartment spans 3,720 square feet and has an 800-square-foot terrace, four exposures and a wood-burning fireplace.

Ms. Ryan’s second penthouse, asking $5 million, is essentially a white box. The 3,034-square-foot apartment also has four exposures and a working fireplace, but has almost four times as much outdoor space distributed among five terraces. It’s enclosed in glass and has floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides looking out over the surrounding 19th-century buildings.

Combined, the two apartments would be a commanding presence in the heart of one of Manhattan’s most expensive and celebrated shopping districts. But the building has history, too: The current home of the Donna Karan retail store on the ground level, it’s the former home of the Leo Castelli, Ileana Sonnabend and Mary Boone galleries.

Stephen McRae, the listing broker with Sotheby’s International Realty, declined to comment on the owner’s identity or why Ms. Ryan is selling.

Ryan spokeswoman Annett Wolf also did not return calls seeking comment on the sale.

Ms. Ryan bought the apartments in August 2001, following the breakup of her marriage to actor Dennis Quaid in July. She doesn’t stand to make a big profit on the apartments, if published reports are accurate: She paid $9 million for the massive spread after leaving the uptown co-op she had shared with Mr. Quaid.

It may not matter: In March 2002, she and Mr. Quaid made $6.5 million selling that apartment, at 1136 Fifth Avenue near 94th Street, after a previous deal fell through after Sept. 11. They’d bought the seven-room, 12th-floor apartment for just $3.1 million in 1997.



246 East 48th Street

Five-story, 5,000-square-foot townhouse.

Asking: $2.5 million. Selling: $2.1 million.

Taxes: $40,000.

Time on the market: one year.

YOU CAN GET THERE FROM HERE John Vennema, a veteran actor of such films as Die Hard with a Vengeance and Presumed Innocent , as well as TV roles in Law and Order and Spin City , decided it was time to relocate to Hollywood, which meant he needed to unload this sprawling Turtle Bay townhouse next to the United Nations, where he’d been residing since the 1980’s. Mr. Vennema found a couple eager to take over his Manhattan address-they’re both diplomats from the Middle East-because of its proximity to the United Nations. Apparently, you can’t get close enough to work: The couple, who are both in their 50’s, had been living across the street in a condo when they decided to trade up to this place, which is actually on the same block as U.N. headquarters. What they scored was a well-appointed, 5,000-square-foot townhouse with five floors, separated into a bottom-level duplex and three rental units on the upper stories. With the entertaining duties of a visiting diplomat, they intend to enlarge the bottom unit into a triplex while continuing to rent out the top levels, according to their broker, Phyllis Lerner of Leslie J. Garfield, who had the exclusive. The building, built in the early 20th century and renovated in the 1970’s, features central air-conditioning, electric heat, modern kitchens and a bricked-in private rear garden complete with working fountain. The bottom unit opens out into a garden, while each upper floor includes a private terrace with garden views.


354 Broome Street

Two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo.

Asking: $935,000. Selling. $900,000.

Time on the market: two months.

THE ART OF THE DEAL It’s the age-old Manhattan real-estate cycle: Artists populate neighborhoods in transition, making them hip and fashionable until the moneyed set moves in to experience the bohemian cachet of a newly gentrified address. So when the buyer of this apartment, a technology executive at Morgan Stanley, saw this 1,700-square-foot Nolita duplex owned by a Peruvian artist, he was enthralled with the space and its “downtown funky feel,” according to his broker, Peter Comitini of the Corcoran Group. The two-floor loft occupies space in an early 20th-century building that formally was an ice house for cold-food storage and features 15-foot ceilings, exposed beams and a large open kitchen. After seeing units in such fashionable downtown addresses as the Chelsea Mercantile building, the buyer, a man in his 30’s, was attracted to the unique feel of Nolita’s narrow streets. “The low-key authenticity appealed to him,” Mr. Comitini said. “He was thinking about the upside investment potential of the space.” John Krug, of Krug and Company, was the listing broker on the property.


Autopsy of a Sale: Baden Puts Museum Tower Condo on the Slab

Dr. Michael Baden, the world-renowned forensic pathologist and star of the popular HBO series Autopsy, has put his midtown condo at Museum Tower on the market for $3.15 million. Dr. Baden, who was appointed by Congress to reinvestigate the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., currently lives with his wife and their poodle in their south- and east-facing three-bedroom unit adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art.

So will potential buyers be turned off by memorabilia from Dr. Baden’s morbid line of work?

“We have pictures, and we collect certain things in the apartment,” Dr. Baden said. “But not dead bodies-those I keep at the office.”

Dr. Baden said he and his wife were looking for a place with more space for their poodle to exercise outdoors.

“We have a dog, so we’re looking for a place that might have a backyard, but that’s not easy to find in New York City,” Dr. Baden said.

Over the course of his 44-year career, Dr. Baden, the co-director of the New York State Police Medicolegal Investigation Unit, has served as an expert witness at the 1995 O.J. Simpson trial, examined the remains of Czar Nicholas of Russia and his family, conducted a second autopsy of civil-rights leader Medgar Evers, and examined the victims of T.W.A. Flight 800, which crashed off Long Island in 1996, killing all 230 passengers. His investigations into Manhattan real-estate have been even more daunting.

“The limiting factor right now is finding a new apartment. If we were able to come up with some kind of apartment that was dog-friendly-and human-friendly-we would seriously consider selling this apartment and getting a new apartment,” Dr. Baden said. “But we have no intention of moving out of New York.”

To equal his current spread, he would have to find a place in a doorman building that has approximately 2,900 square feet, six rooms, nine-and-a-half-foot ceilings, built-in bookshelves, and a master suite with separate his-and-her dressing rooms and bathrooms.

Leighton Candler, a senior vice president with the Corcoran Group who has the exclusive listing on the unit, declined to comment. Meg Sells in Soho