When Manhattan real estate was at its bleakest late last year, there were a few weeks when it genuinely seemed that the only New Yorkers buying up expensive apartments were the brood of billionaires: Sheridan Mitchell Lorenz (daughter of a Texas natural-gas billionaire), Alice R. Gottesman (daughter of a Warren Buffett pal) and Roy Judelson (son of a Gulf & Western founder) spent nearly $20 million on three apartments; Pittsburgh billionaire Henry Hillman’s grandson Talbott Lea Simonds spent $16.5 million on an East 91st Street townhouse; and Turkish billionaire Husnu Ozyegin’s son Murat (a Bear Stearns veteran) spent $6.2 million on an East 66th Street sprawl.
Finally, a billionaire’s child has decided to sell something off. According to city records, Anne Chandler Bass—the daughter of oil/aerospace/media magnate Robert M. Bass, the 62nd richest man in the nation—has sold her six-room co-op at 956 Fifth Avenue for $6.25 million. On the downside, her asking price had been $7 million.
The listing with Stribling says Ms. Bass’ corner living room had a wood-burning fireplace, her floor plan had “a fabulous flow for entertaining,” and her master bedroom had “en-suite his/her baths and dressing room.” But, most importantly by far, there was a mahogany-paneled butler’s pantry and wet bar.