Tom Brokaw Changes Channels From Park to East 79th

This just in: Tom Brokaw is not leaving Manhattan.

That was the open question in April, when the former Nightly News anchor and his wife, Meredith Auld Brokaw, an author and former Miss South Dakota, found a buyer for their 10-room duplex at 941 Park Avenue. The Journal noted that Mr. Brokaw had helped their daughter and son-in-law buy a $3.3 million co-op at the Atelier at 33 West 67th Street, but the Brokaws will not be crashing with the kids. They are remaining on the East Side, according to city records, where they just purchased a two-bedroom co-op at 33 East 79th Street, paying exactly the asking price of $1.95 million.

It sounds like the perfect home for an astute newsman, at least if Diane Johnson and Joan Ambrose‘s Douglas Elliman listing is to be believed: “The Trained Eye will appreciate the balance, symmetry, and craftsmanship of this superb renovation while everyone will love its grandeur and sun-flooded serenity.”

Renovated in a stark white palette, the Classic 6 was converted into a more modern and open five-room spread, though it still has its prewar flourishes, like a wood-burning fireplace and intricate molding. The master bedroom in the 11th-floor home is ringed with French doors, though they do not look out on the park. Along with the monochrome colors, it gives the place quite the big sky feeling.

Kind of like the ranch the Brokaws own in Montana. Could they be downsizing to a new pied-à-terre? Their broker, Brown Harris StevensCathy Franklin declined to say. After all, the $9,040 in monthly maintenance the old duplex demanded is a lot to cough up from across the country. Then again, for all the space afforded by the duplex, it seems like a steal compared to the smaller home, where carrying costs are $4,391 a month. The Brokaws’ broker, Brown Harris StevensCathy Franklin, declined to comment on the move.

The Brokaws may be leaving one of the city’s top co-ops–no sign of a closing in city records, yet, so the buyer must still be wrangling with the board–but the seller of the 79th Street spread already lives in one. Gerda Karen Hepp Ludlow, who put the place on the market in October 2009 for $2.495 million, has called the seventh floor of 1020 Park Avenue home at least since 2002, according to city records.

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Tom Brokaw Changes Channels From Park to East 79th