— Say what you will about attorneys–Scott Kotran is one of the good ones. The Sullivan Cromwell partner was one of the few people at his firm who stood up for Aaron Charney, when the young lawyer sued his own firm for sexual harassment of the homophobic sort.
Kotran has been reward for his good karma with, among other things, a beautiful new five-story terra cotta brick townhouse at 318 West 78th Street. Located within the West End-Collegiate Historic District, the Romanesque Revival style home has a whopping 6,795 square feet, which include six bedrooms and five baths, as well as a huge library and an updated kitchen with a butler’s pantry. The attorney purchased the home for $6.2 million with his wife Elizabeth Goldman, a law professor at Cardozo Law School. The sellers were banker Brian Wruble and Kathleen Bratton.
— The Real Deal is reporting that Phillip Noyce, the director of the Angelina Jolie spy caper Salt, has bought the penthouse apartment he had been renting for the past two years at 255 Hudson Street. The unit boasts “a mammoth 2,300-square-foot landscaped garden, including an ‘outdoor living room'” and cost $4.25 million.
— Robert Sculthorpe has managed a coup at 1155 Park Avenue, where he just sold a sprawling 3,500-square-foot apartment for $7.4 million, 7 percent over the $6.9 million ask. The former Morgan Stanley director swapped with another moneyman, Kevin Magid, of Audax Group, and his wife Jacqueline. The apartment has 10 rooms, almost all of them with park views.