Brazilian Beer Baron Drinks Up at Sherry-Netherland

Do they serve Brahma beer at Harry Cipriani?

They better start, because Roberto Moses Thompson Motta, a Brazilian-born investor and director at Anheuser-Busch InBev, just moved in upstairs. Mr. Motta purchased a two-bedroom apartment at the Sherry-Netherland, that distinguished prewar co-op/hotel at the foot of Central Park, paying $4.495 million in December, according to city records.

The seller is W. Dexter Paine III of Paine Properties, a California- and New York-based private equity concern. He bought the unit in May 2008 for $5.15 million, according to city records–not the best investment.

The Sherry, as residents like to call her, was built in 1927 by Schultze and Weaver. Mr. Motta’s unit “made the most of the original square footage by creating a unique, practical and gracious layout,” as Alexa Lambert and Marc Achilles put it in their Stribling listing. That means the western end of the “pristine and fresh” home became the living room and den, with views of the Park and Grand Army Plaza through those delightful picture windows. Meanwhile, the master bedroom looks out on Madison Avenue and the Pierre next door.

These are precisely the sort of views Robert A.M. Stern said he was looking for when he told The Observer four years ago that they had inspired 15 Central Park West. It turns out bankers share a thing for these views, as does Judge Judy, who lives a few floors down from Mr. Motta. Maybe they could share a beer sometime.

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